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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.

Kings takeaways: What we learned in 123-101 blowout road loss to Jazz

Kings takeaways: What we learned in 123-101 blowout road loss to Jazz

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SALT LAKE CITY -- The Jazz knocked the Sacramento Kings onto their heels in the first quarter and never let up Saturday night at Vivint Smart Home Arena. 

Maybe it was an afternoon trade that sent Trevor Ariza, Wenyen Gabriel and Caleb Swanigan to Portland that distracted the Kings, or maybe they were just unprepared to match the home team’s intensity. Whatever the reason, the game was over early as the Jazz dropped the Kings by a final of 123-101

Bojan Bogdanovic, Rudy Gobert, Jordan Clarkson and Donovan Mitchell all broke the 20-point barrier and Joe Ingles picked the Kings apart with a game-high 12 assists.   

Here are three takeaways as the Kings fell a season-high 12 games under .500 at 15-27 on the season.  

Missed assignments

The Jazz are a very good offensive team, but the Kings made them look like the Houston Rockets.

It started with the two-man game featuring Mitchell and Gobert. When the Kings tried to slow the pair in the pick-and-roll, the Jazz’s shooters started launching at will.

In one of their worst defensive performances of the season, the Kings allowed the Jazz to shoot 50.6 percent from the field on their way to a 22-point blowout. 

Fouling Fox 

De’Aaron Fox loves to go up against Mitchell, a fellow 2017 draftee. The speedy guard continued his recent hot streak, finishing with 21 points on 10-of-16 shooting to go with eight assists and four rebounds. 

Unfortunately for Sacramento, their starting point guard struggled with foul trouble beginning early in the game, which limited his aggressiveness on the defensive end. 

Fox managed to play 31 minutes, but he fouled out with 3:18 remaining in the fourth quarter.

Battle of the Bogdanovics

Bogdan Bogdanovic made his return to the court after missing the previous six games and he looked rusty. The Kings’ six-man scored 11 points on 5-of-10 shooting and chipped in four rebounds and four assists.

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The Jazz’s Bojan Bogdanovic (no relation) hammered the Kings for 30 points on 10-of-15 from the field and 6-of-9 from behind the arc. Sacramento had no answer for the 30-year-old sharpshooter.

Bogdan has struggled with injuries all season long. Bojan is having a career-year after signing in Utah as a free agent. On Saturday night, the Jazz’s version was the better player. 

Kings' Bogdan Bogdanovic ready to return following six-game absence

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Kings' Bogdan Bogdanovic ready to return following six-game absence

SALT LAKE CITY -- He’s back.

After missing the last six games with right ankle soreness, Bogdan Bogdanovic participated in Saturday’s shootaround in Utah and confirmed that he is ready to play when the Sacramento Kings take on the Jazz later in the evening.

Bogdanovic is a stabilizing force for the Kings this season, averaging 14.5 points and 3.6 assists in 28.1 minutes of coach Luke Walton’s bench.

The 27-year-old out of Serbia has missed 11 games due to a variety of leg injuries this season. Without him in the lineup, the Kings are just 2-9.

Bogdanovic has a lot riding on the final 41 games of the season. He has a standing maximum extension offer from the Kings, but the number jumps on July 1 when he becomes a restricted free agent.

With a soft free agent class, Bogdanovic is likely to have plenty of suiters, although the Kings can match any offer.