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Kings set regular-season roster by waiving Tyler Ulis, Hollis Thompson


Kings set regular-season roster by waiving Tyler Ulis, Hollis Thompson

SACRAMENTO -- The drama is over and the Kings’ roster is now set at 15, along with a pair of two-way players.

According to the team, both Tyler Ulis and Hollis Thompson have been waived, bring the team’s roster down to the league maximum before the Oct. 21 2 p.m. PST deadline.

After a promising start to his career with the Phoenix Suns, Ulis struggled with hip injuries last season and then spent most of training camp on the sidelines with a groin injury.

The Kings are hoping he can get his career back on the right track and barring a waiver claim, they expect the 23-year-old point guard to join the team’s G League affiliate in Stockton.

The former Kentucky product has averaged 7.5 points, 4.0 assists, 0.9 steals and 20.9 minutes per game in 133 career games over three seasons with the Suns and Bulls.

Thompson was a late add to the roster. He played for the Kings during the California Classic, and like Ulis, he is likely headed to Stockton for the upcoming season.

The 28-year-old forward has seen action in 265 NBA games over his career, posting 7.7 points and 3.1 rebounds in over 6400 minutes of action. His G League rights were acquired by Stockton for a first-round selection over the summer.

A surprise addition to the roster is Tyler Lydon. The 6-foot-10 forward has played in just 25 NBA games since being selected with the 24th overall pick of the 2017 NBA Draft. He was limited in camp due to a hip injury and played just one eight minute stretch for the team.

The former Syracuse Orangeman spent time in the G League in each of the last two seasons and is likely headed to Stockton once he’s healthy.

General manager Vlade Divac has until Monday to finalize the roster, but here is how it looks as of Sunday afternoon.

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Unofficial 2019-20 Sacramento Kings roster:

De'Aaron Fox
Cory Joseph
Yogi Ferrell
Buddy Hield
Bogdan Bogdanovic
Justin James
Harrison Barnes
Trevor Ariza
Marvin Bagley
Nemanja Bjelica
Tyler Lydon
Dewayne Dedmon
Richaun Holmes
Harry Giles
Caleb Swanigan

Two-Way Players

Wenyen Gabriel
Kyle Guy

Kings sign Hollis Thompson after waiving Isaiah Pineiro, Eric Mika

Kings sign Hollis Thompson after waiving Isaiah Pineiro, Eric Mika

SACRAMENTO -- The Sacramento Kings were active on Friday, making a series of announcements and injury updates.

Harry Giles is still out with a sore left knee. The 21-year-old big man has yet to suit up in the preseason, although an MRI on his knee on Sept. 30 revealed no new findings.

Giles is joined on the sidelines by veteran Trevor Ariza, who underwent a procedure to remove a lipoma from his back. Both players are expected to miss the team’s final two preseason games.

Cory Joseph is likely out as well for the remaining two games with a sore right calf, although head coach Luke Walton was hopeful that all three could possibly be cleared when the regular season fires up on Oct. 23.

The team announced Friday morning that they waived Isaiah Pineiro and Eric Mika. Both were on Exhibit 10 contracts and there is hope within the organization that they will play with the Stockton Kings of the G League.

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After clearing roster down to 18 players, the Kings added veteran Hollis Thompson to a one-year contract. Thompson played for the Kings’ California Classic roster over the summer where he averaged 12.7 points and 4.3 rebounds in 26.0 minutes per game.

The Kings open the 2019-20 season on Wednesday, Oct. 23 against the Suns.