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

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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

Harry Giles sits out Kings practice, will miss next preseason game

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Harry Giles sits out Kings practice, will miss next preseason game

SACRAMENTO -- Harry Giles missed the Kings’ trip to India over the last week with a sore left knee, and coach Luke Walton said the big man will sit out the team’s preseason home opener Thursday against the Phoenix Suns. 

“He’s working.” Walton said Tuesday. “When he’s ready and the medical staff feels he’s ready to go, we’ll get him back out there.”

Giles missed Tuesday's practice, according to Walton. The Kings medical staff had the 21-year-old undergo a precautionary MRI on the joint last week to ensure everything was structurally sound.

The results came back clean, but it is imperative that all sides err on the side of caution when it comes to the health of the 6-foot-10 center. The Kings want Giles back in the fold very soon.

“We left Harry back, his left knee was bothering him,” Walton said. “As much as I wanted him there with us, it’s 40 hours of flight time, when your knee is sore is not ideal. We need Harry for the regular season so we left him and one of PT’s back to just get a lot of work in.”

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Giles played in 58 games for the Kings as a rookie last season after sitting out the entirety of the 2017-18 campaign. The No. 20 overall pick in the 2017 NBA Draft has a long history of knee injuries. and Sacramento continues to take a cautious approach to his rehab and development.

In addition to Giles, Tyler Ulis (hip) and Cory Joseph (sore right calf), sat out the practice session as well and are not expected to suit up against the Suns.

Harry Giles, Tyler Ulis stay back in Sacramento as Kings head to India

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Harry Giles, Tyler Ulis stay back in Sacramento as Kings head to India

India, we have a problem.

As the Kings prepared for their Monday evening flight that will take them to London and then Mumbai, India, it was announced that two players would stay back in Sacramento.

According to the team, second-year big man Harry Giles is having issues with knee soreness in his surgically repaired left knee. He will stay back in Sacramento with point guard Tyler Ulis (right groin strain) and continue his preparation for the upcoming season.

Head coach Luke Walton mentioned that the team was monitoring Giles following Sunday’s training camp media session, but his absence from the team’s trip across the globe was not discussed.

Giles is no stranger to knee issues. The 21-year-old center underwent reconstructive surgery on both ACLs during his prep career and he needed a cleanup procedure on his left knee during his time at Duke University.

The Kings added depth at the center position in Dewayne Dedmon and Richaun Holmes over the summer. Giles is in competition for minutes at the five and there is no word yet on what this latest setback means for the upcoming season.

Giles averaged seven points, 3.8 rebounds and 1.5 assists in 14.1 minutes during his rookie season with the Kings. He has incredible basketball instincts, but he missed most of three seasons before suiting up for 58 games for Sacramento last season.

Ulis signed a non-guaranteed contract with the Kings late last week. The 5-foot-10 point guard struggled with hip issues last season and it’s not surprising that he’s having groin issues as he plays himself back into game shape.

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While he is competing for a final roster spot with the Kings, it is likely that Ulis will spend time developing in the G League this season with the Kings’ affiliate in Stockton.

Looking at the situation with a long lens, a six-day trip to India is not exactly the best thing for the health of either player. The Kings have a medical staff that is staying back in Sacramento and will continue to rehab both Giles and Ulis.