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Source: Kings to sign Jones to second 10-day contract

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With Richaun Holmes out with hamstring tightness, Kings head coach Luke Walton has turned to recent signee Damian Jones as his starting center the last two games. Jones' numbers don't jump off the page, but the 25-year-old big man has earned a longer look. 

According to a league source, the Kings plan to sign Jones to a second 10-day contract this weekend. Jones originally signed his first 10-day contract with the Kings on April 7 after he cleared health and safety protocols. ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski was first with the report.

The journeyman center has played in three games for Sacramento, averaging 2.3 points, 2.3 rebounds and a steal in 13.3 minutes per game.

Jones has bounced around the league since being selected by the Golden State Warriors with the No. 30 overall pick in the 2016 NBA Draft. After spending three seasons with the Warriors, he has played for the Atlanta Hawks, Phoenix Suns and Los Angeles Lakers.

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The 6-foot-11, 245 pound big will continue to see time with Holmes expected to miss at least one more game with the hamstring issue. Walton has used him in a three-man rotation with Chimezie Metu and Hassan Whiteside.

In addition to the Jones news, a former King found a new home on Friday. The Athletic's Shams Charania reported, citing sources, that the Boston Celtics signed Jabari Parker to a two-year contract.

 

Parker played sparingly with the Kings after coming over in a 2020 trade deadline trade for Dewayne Dedmon. The 25-year-old forward saw action in just nine games for Sacramento and was waived on March 25 by the team.