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Source: Kings' Lawson missed flight from Las Vegas to Kentucky

Source: Kings' Lawson missed flight from Las Vegas to Kentucky

SACRAMENTO -- Next to Ty Lawson’s name in the box score for Saturday’s Kings 124-119 win over the Wizards read “OUT - Personal Reasons.” Unfortunately for the 28-year-old point guard, that might define his short tenure in Sacramento.

CSN California has confirmed an earlier report from ESPN’s Marc Stein that Lawson missed the team flight out of Las Vegas on Friday. After failed attempts to get to Kentucky, the veteran point guard instead flew to Sacramento where he will meet to discuss his fate with the Kings brass on Sunday.

Lawson joined the Kings this summer on a non-guaranteed one-year deal after a rocky 2015-16 season spent with stops with both the Houston Rockets and Indiana Pacers. He has impressed throughout training camp, gaining plenty of praise from both coaches and teammate, but that might not be enough to secure his roster spot.

The Kings signed Lawson with the understanding that they would have a zero-tolerance policy with the speedy, but troubled guard. Whether his actions over the last few days is enough to warrant waiving Lawson is unknown at this time.

Sacramento was counting on the former North Carolina Tarheel to start the first eight games of the season while starting point guard Darren Collison serves his NBA suspension for a domestic violence conviction. That plan is now in jeopardy.

With the season just over a week away, the Kings must decide if Lawson, who has a history of personal issues, can hold up his end of the bargain. If not, they have the option to retain veteran guard Jordan Farmar or surf the trade market for another stand in for Collison.

Lawson came to the Kings with career averages of 13.1 points and 6.2 assists per game in seven seasons in the league. But he is coming off a forgettable campaign that saw his numbers dip to 5.7 points and 3.6 assists over 66 games with the Rockets and Pacers.

There was hope that he could rebound this season in Sacramento and help solidify the Kings second unit. But this early stumble places Vlade Divac and his front office group in a tough spot. Lawson’s explanation of the situation and his willingness to adhere to team standards may ultimately decide his fate as an NBA player.

Kings vs. Spurs watch guide: Lineups, injury report, player usage

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Kings vs. Spurs watch guide: Lineups, injury report, player usage

SACRAMENTO -- Looking to get back on track, the Sacramento Kings host the San Antonio Spurs Monday evening at Golden 1 Center. The Spurs have won 14-straight against the Kings dating back to 2014.

Sacramento couldn’t buy a bucket in their last game out and fell to the Los Angeles Lakers. They’ll face a veteran Spurs team that continues to win despite missing major pieces due to injury. 

Pregame show on NBC Sports Bay California begins at 6:30 p.m., with tip-off scheduled for 7:00 pm.

The Kings get a three-day break before heading back out on the road for a back-to-back Friday and Saturday in Memphis and Houston.

Line:

Spurs by 3

Projected Starting Lineup

Kings

PG De’Aaron Fox
SG Buddy Hield
SF Iman Shumpert
PF Nemanja Bjelica
C Willie Cauley-Stein

Spurs

PG Derrick White
SG Bryn Forbes
SF DeMar DeRozan
PF Dante Cunningham
C LaMarcus Aldridge

Injury Report

Kings 

C Kosta Koufos (right calf soreness) OUT.

Spurs 

SF Rudy Gay (sore right heel) PROBABLE, C Jakob Poeltl (ankle) PROBABLE, C Pau Gasol (sore left foot) OUT, PG DeJounte Murray (knee) OUT, SG Lonnie Walker (knee) OUT.

Rotation Outlook

Kings

Coach Dave Joerger is still mixing and matching his lineups after the return of Bogdan Bogdanovic. The 26-year-old wing is slowly having his minutes restrictions lifted after missing 11 of the first 13 games following a knee issue.

Harry Giles is back with the team after spending Sunday with the Stockton Kings of the G-League. There is a chance he sees court time with veteran big man, Kosta Koufos sitting with a calf issue.

Buddy Hield is hoping for a bounce back game after shooting just 3-of-17 from the field in the team’s loss to the Lakers.

Spurs

Gregg Popovich continues to put his team in contention to win games. Injuries at key positions have forced the veteran coach to mix and match his lineups all season long. Derrick White is coming off a 14-point, 8-assist performance in his second game as the team’s starting point guard. Rudy Gay is scheduled to return after missing the previous three games due to injury. DeMar DeRozan and LaMarcus Aldridge anchor a quality squad that currently sits at 7-4 on the season.
 

Harry Giles returns to Kings after big night in G League

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Harry Giles returns to Kings after big night in G League

SACRAMENTO -- Harry Giles is back. At least for now. 

The Kings announced Monday morning that they have recalled the 6-foot-10 power forward from their G League affiliate after just one game with the club.

The 20-year-old big made his lone appearance with the Stockton Kings on Sunday, dropping in 30 points and four rebounds in 23 minutes of work. It was a chance to stretch his legs and get some much needed time as a primary scoring option.

“It was fun just to go out there and compete first off and play and just have some things go your way,” Giles said following shootaround Monday morning. “I got some touches and got a rhythm out there. It was a lot of fun.”

Going to the G League isn’t what any young player wants. But with a crowded front line, minutes have been sparse for the former Duke star. He took the move in stride and went out and produced big numbers for Stockton. 

“That’s not my decision to make - do I go there or not,” Giles said. “I just do what I’ve got to do. Just play hard and keep getting better. Whatever happens happens.”

The Kings haven’t laid out the plan for Giles, but there’s a possibility he’ll see court time on Monday evening when the Kings face off against the San Antonio Spurs. Veteran Kosta Koufos is listed as out for the contest with right calf soreness.