SACRAMENTO -- The Sacramento Kings 2016 NBA Draft class is down to one. As part of a trade deadline maneuver, the Kings reportedly shipped out 22nd overall selection Malachi Richardson to the Toronto Raptors for Bruno Caboclo. Hours later, another shoe has dropped.
Sacramento traded the ninth overall pick in the 2016 Draft for the 13th pick, 28th pick and the draft rights to Bogdan Bogdanovic. The Kings used the 13th pick on Papagiannis, but he’s played just 38 games with the Kings over the last two seasons.
At just 20-years-old, there was hope that he would develop with time, but the team is going a new direction. Papagiannis finished his career with the Kings averaging 4.2 points and 3.2 rebounds in 12.4 minutes of action.
Skal Labissiere is the lone remaining pick from the draft class, although the Kings added 2016 sixth overall pick Buddy Hield via trade last February.
The team has yet to officially announce any of their roster moves from Thursday’s trade deadline, including the deal that sent guard George Hill to the Cleveland Cavaliers for veterans Joe Johnson and Iman Shumpert.
Dave Joerger is making changes to his Sacramento Kings coaching staff.
After Jenny Boucek's departure earlier this offseason -- she joined Rick Carlisle’s staff in Dallas -- the Kings had a vacancy. On Thursday afternoon, they filled the spot with fan favorite Bobby Jackson.
Jackson will work as an assistant player development coach after spending the last three seasons as a collegiate scout for the team.
This is the second go-around on Sacramento’s staff for Jackson, who spent two seasons as an assistant coach for Paul Westphal from 2010 to 2012 after retiring as a player in 2009.
Jackson spent 12 seasons in the NBA, including two stops in Sacramento. He averaged 9.7 points, 3.1 rebounds and 2.6 assists for his career. In 2002-03, Jackson was named NBA Sixth Man of the Year with Sacramento when he averaged 15.2 points per game.
After a slow start to free agency, a source has confirmed to NBC Sports California that the Kings are in the recruiting phase with unrestricted free agent Nemanja Bjelica.
No contract has been discussed, but the team is attempting to convince the Serbian forward that there is value in staying in the NBA.
News of potential interest between the parties first broke Wednesday afternoon.
Bjelica agreed to a one-year, $4.5 million deal with the Philadelphia 76ers on July 5, but he never signed on the dotted line and informed the team earlier this week of his decision to return to Europe this season.
The 6-foot-10 combo forward spent the last three seasons coming off the bench for the Minnesota Timberwolves. He posted 6.8 points and 4.1 rebounds in 20.5 minutes per game under coach Tom Thibodeau, but his opportunities were limited in the T-Wolves' system.
At 30, Bjelica is older than most of the Kings’ recent targets, but he potentially could fill a glaring hole in the roster as a shooter at both the three and the four. Bjelica split his minutes between both forward positions in Minnesota last season, knocking down a career-best 41.5 percent on 2.7 attempts per game from behind the arc.
There is no word yet on the exact dollar figure offered by the Kings. Sacramento has a whopping $20.5 million in salary-cap space to work with, and the free agent market is nearly dried up.
While four years older, Bjelica compares favorably as a player to the Spurs’ Davis Bertans, who signed a two-year, $14.5 million contract to return to San Antonio earlier this month as a restricted free agent.
According to a source, Sacramento likes Bjelica’s versatility and believes he can eat minutes at small forward this season, as well as shifting over to play the four.