Kings see Harry Giles, Marvin Bagley playing together but in due time


Kings see Harry Giles, Marvin Bagley playing together but in due time

SACRAMENTO -- Day 2 of Kings training camp had a different vibe Wednesday morning. When media was allowed in the practice facility, the players already had broken off into small groups for shooting drills. The odd pairing of the day was De'Aaron Fox and Yogi Ferrell shooting 3-pointers from the corner with Harry Giles III and Willie Cauley-Stein.

The team looked to still be in recovery mode after Tuesday’s evening session. The training camp wall is coming for some of the group -- they just don’t know it yet.

Here are some of the highlights from Wednesday.

-- The focus following practice was on the bigs. Kings coach Dave Joerger hit the media first, but it was with the understanding that a few tall guys were taking the hot seat next. During the session, he was asked about a future pairing of Giles and Marvin Bagley III, and the underlying message was patience.

“Down the line, in the future,” Joerger said of their potential to play together at some point. “There’s a lot of guys at those positions, so how’s it going to work itself out. It’s not going to take 10 games, it’s going to take a process of a year, a year and half of who lays claim to which position.

"It’s certainly possible. I have them currently not playing the same position. I think they’re different for what we’re trying to do.”

-- Bagley hit the post-practice media scrum for the first time in his NBA career. The 19-year-old big is bubbling with energy and having a great time in his first training camp.

“I love it, it’s going smooth,” Bagley said. “Everything is going kind of fast right now, it’s starting to slow down for me, and I’m just having fun. I’m enjoying the whole process of getting up and down, running with the team. It’s been fun so far.”

-- Through the early part of camp, the Kings have Bagley playing primarily at the power forward position.

“More four, moving out to the perimeter,” Bagley said. “Really just a lot of moving. I’m still on the perimeter, cutting through, setting screens -- just expanding my game a little bit. That’s what I like about this system, and I’m excited for it.”

-- Year 4 is different for Cauley-Stein. He’s come into camp in better shape and ready to take another leap forward.

“By the second day last year, I was -- legs were hurting, back was hurting,” Cauley-Stein told media members. “And now it’s like, you prepared for it all summer, so I was really happy about that.”

-- Cauley-Stein is confident that he’ll have a breakout season.

“I believe in the work that I’ve put in for the last three years,” Cauley Stein. “I really believe this is my time to let it go. To just release myself to the game, stop thinking so much and just play in oblivion.”

Willie Cauley-Stein believes Dewayne Dedmon fits Kings better than he did

Willie Cauley-Stein believes Dewayne Dedmon fits Kings better than he did

When the Kings agreed to a three-year, $40 million contract with center Dewayne Dedmon at the start of free agency this summer, it seemed like a small move compared to the rest of the craziness in the NBA.

Nevermind that, though. The former Hawk could be the perfect fit in Sacramento. Just ask the player he's replacing. 

“I think it fits better for them in that role for what they want -- shooting 3s, rim protecting, all that,” former Kings center Willie Cauley-Stein recently told Jason Anderson of the Sacramento Bee. “Obviously, they felt I didn’t do a good job at it. I think (Dedmon) is one of the good ones in the league who does that, so for them I think that’s a big-time move.”

Cauley-Stein signed a two-year, $4.4 million deal with the Warriors this offseason when the Kings made him an unrestricted free agent. He's expected to play the rim-running role that JaVale McGee previously occupied. Dedmon will have a much different role on the Kings. 

Dedmon, who turns 30 in August, didn't attempt a single 3-point shot the first four seasons of his six-year NBA career. That changed two seasons ago in Atlanta. The 7-footer put up 133 3-point shots during the past two seasons and made 38.2 percent of his attempts from beyond the arc last season. 

Cauley-Stein, by comparison, only has four 3-pointers to his name in his four-year NBA career. He's only attempted 18 and isn't seen as a reliable shooter. 

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The Kings are expected to shoot plenty of shots from deep this season under new head coach Luke Walton. Even as the big man down low, Dedmon will be called upon to let it fly from long distance. 

“I like to get up and down the floor and shoot 3s,” Dedmon said to The Bee. “It’s definitely something I look forward to. That fast pace, getting up and down the floor, running, catching lobs, shooting some 3s, it’s going to be fun.”

Source: Rookie Isaiah Pineiro, Kings agree to one-year contract


Source: Rookie Isaiah Pineiro, Kings agree to one-year contract

The Kings must have liked what they saw out of undrafted rookie Isaiah Pineiro during the Las Vegas Summer League.

NBC Sports Bay Area's James Ham has confirmed that Pineiro and the Kings have agreed to a one-year, partially guaranteed contract.

The Athletic's Michael Scotto was first to report news of the agreement.

Pinerio averaged 4.6 points per game during Summer League action.

Pineiro, who graduated from the University of San Diego last spring, grew up in the Kings' backyard. The 24-year-old hails from Auburn, Calif. and grew up routing for the Kings.

"It’s a little surreal. You grow up with a really close hometown team and you see them playing all the time,” Pineiro told “So, to put on that jersey – it’s a good feeling.”

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If Pineiro sticks with the Kings, he'll likely spend most of the 2019-20 season working on his game with the G League Stockton Kings.