Report: Kings are out on restricted free agent Jabari Parker

Report: Kings are out on restricted free agent Jabari Parker

The NBA free agent market is dwindling and the Sacramento Kings continue to stay clear of the action. Mario Hezonja agreed to join the Knicks on Sunday evening. Aaron Gordon returned to the Magic on a mega-deal. And now there are rumors that the Kings are out on restricted free agent, Jabari Parker, as well.

Coming into the free agency period, Sacramento showed interest in Parker, but not for the rumored price he was looking for. As a restricted free agent, the Bucks can match any offer for the 23-year-old combo forward. But after reportedly agreeing to a 3-year, $21 million deal with free agent Ersan Ilyasova, Milwaukee will likely have to go into the luxury tax to retain Parker.

Parker was always a long shot for the Kings. The former second overall pick in the 2014 NBA Draft is a major risk/reward player. An elite scorer when healthy, Parker tore the ACL in his left knee twice since arriving to the league out of Duke. 

In 31 games with Milwaukee last season, Parker posted 12.6 points and 4.9 rebounds in 24 minutes per game as he returned from injury. 

Sacramento is one a small group of teams who still have available cap space as we enter the second full day of free agency.

Yogi Ferrell signing is great value for the Kings


Yogi Ferrell signing is great value for the Kings

Money well spent. The Sacramento Kings jumped into the free agent market Friday afternoon, inking point guard Yogi Ferrell to a two-year, $6.2 million contract NBC Sports California has confirmed.

Ferrell had a deal in place to remain with the Dallas Mavericks, but pulled out after learning the specifics of the contract. The Kings jumped at the opportunity to add the talented 25-year-old, who went undrafted out of Indiana in 2016.

Why Ferrell?

Sacramento came into the summer of 2018 with a mountain of cap space and quickly found out that the market wasn’t ideal. Adding a player like Ferrell this late wasn’t expected, but it’s a very solid addition.

The 6-footer posted solid numbers for the Mavs last season, averaging 10.2 points, 3.0 rebounds and 2.2 assists in 27.8 minutes per contest. More of a scoring guard than a pure point, Ferrell knocked down 37.3 percent from long range and 42.6 percent from the field overall.

Ferrell instantly gives Sacramento another ball handling option and a quality scorer off the bench. He loves to push the tempo and should fit in well with the current crop of young Kings players.

What does it mean for Frank Mason?

De’Aaron Fox is the face the of the franchise, so you can expect him to play the bulk of the minutes at the point guard spot. The remaining minutes will be fought over by Ferrell and 2017 second-round pick Frank Mason.

Mason struggled to separate himself from the crowd during both Sacramento and Las Vegas summer leagues. He led Vegas in assists per game, but he never really found a way to jump start the Kings’ offense.

Ferrell is more accomplished as an NBA player. Mason is the more accomplished NCAA player. Ferrell likely earns the first look as the reserve point guard behind Fox, which means Mason will pick up scraps and wait for his chance.

What is the financial impact of the deal?

After backing out of his deal in Dallas, Ferrell found a soft landing in Sacramento. He’s a budget addition for the Kings and will barely dent their salary structure in year one or two. Ferrell played in 82 games for the Mavericks during the 2017-18 season, including 21 starts. The Kings found an experienced, rotational player on the cheap.

With Ferrell signed, Sacramento still has roughly $17.5 million in cap space remaining, although they’ve maxed their roster at 15 players. The Kings have the ability to clear roster spots by waiving players like Deyonta Davis or Ben McLemore, both of whom were acquired in a trade this week. 

Source: Kings, Yogi Ferrell come to terms on multi-year contract


Source: Kings, Yogi Ferrell come to terms on multi-year contract

The Kings added a guard on Friday.

Yogi Ferrell agreed to terms on a two-year deal worth $6.2 million, NBC Sports California's James Ham confirmed.

Shams Charania was the first to report the news.

Ferrell -- who averaged 10.2 points and 2.5 assists over 27.8 minutes per game with Dallas last season -- orginally was set to return to the Mavs on a two-year deal worth $5.3 million.

But on Friday morning: