September 25, 2017, 11:15 pm
One of the most interesting questions surrounding the Kings this offseason has been what Dave Joerger would do to distribute minutes. He has a reputation for overplaying his veterans — something he does not agree with — and was handed about 75 minutes of George Hill, Vince Carter and Zach Randolph to go with a bevy of young players that all need playing time.
Trying to project who gets what minutes and who starts and who plays with who is a bit of an exercise, but it’s also the most important aspect of the season for the Kings. Hill, Randolph and Carter aren’t going to be around much longer than a year or two, and figuring out which of the rookies to invest in over the long-term is the obvious operative question.
Yes, the Kings will develop the young guys this year. The question of how they get developed is what people in Sacramento and around the league are going to care about.
The way players are deployed on the floor is going to carry as much, if not more weight than how many minutes they get. And the combination of players, how they share the ball and how they mesh overall will determine what type of experience the young players have.
That said, one can’t solve a puzzle without first trying to figure out some of the big pieces and that all comes back to minutes. So getting Joerger’s insights on media day is square one and it’ll be three short weeks before the games matter.
And that’s interesting because …
“Usually after you get through the first 20 games, it looks a little bit different.”
We’ve seen similar talk lfrom Joerger last year. This is probably the amount of leash he’s willing to give the guys who win the bulk of the minutes on Opening Night.
“There’s going to be nights where sometimes a healthy guy might be asked to step aside. It might be young guys, it might be an older guy. I’m committed to playing 10 guys and I think that split shouldn’t be 24/24 because (in that scenario) then I’m just trying to keep people happy. But I also don’t think it should be 35/13. I think as guys earn their minutes that somebody is going to be at 26-30 and somebody could be (around) 18. I think that’s how we can evaluate our players. I think we can develop our players better that way, and also throughout the course of a long season, everybody knows that they’re going to be counted on and I think that responsibility will help our team, too.”
The 10-man rotation isn’t surprising given the group he has, but it’s good to know there’s a clear effort being made to expand the rotation. We also get to see that he’s not going to go with even timeshares, but rather trending toward a starter/reserve dichotomy.
On rookie Justin Jackson:
“Justin’s a really solid player. He’s the kind of guy that can play with older guys, because he complements whoever he plays with, whether that be a young talented group or an older talented group or an older group or a smart group — he just complements them. He knows how to play, he knows to get out of the way, he knows when to go try to make a play. I think he comes from a system so I don’t have any problem with being able to play him with a young group or an older group. I’m excited to coach him.”
That sounds like a guy ready to play Justin Jackson.
On Justin Jackson needing time to develop:
“No, I think he fits in right away as a rotation guy.”
Well that answers that. With Vince Carter likely to get 14-20 mpg, especially early on, the glut of shooting guards on the team might be fighting for even less available minutes.
There was an interesting response when asked if Vince Carter would play the four, which was more interesting because it offered an insight as to how Joerger views the shooting guards’ ability to play the three.
“There’s not really anybody at the two spot that can play the three. We’ll play Malachi there. But yet then there’s times through the course of the game — if I can and it matches up then — to slide a shooting guard to play the small forward slot.”
The league plays very small nowadays so it’s possible that Joerger has the chance to go smaller more than he implies in this quote. The quote itself could also be benign — after all — it’s talking about Vince Carter playing the four during the end of a scrum on media day.
What about that Bogdan Bogdanovic guy?
“He’s a guy I haven’t had a chance to get my hands on at all and coach him. I’m going to stress to him to be patient. Things are going a hundred miles an hour for him. This is his dream too so he has every shot at being as good as he wants to be and I want to help him, but sometimes things are different as far as ‘just got here two days ago.’ He speaks pretty good English, which is good for him, but I need to learn his strengths. Can he play in pick and roll? Does he come off catch-and-shoots? Is he better guarding a bigger guy, or a smaller guy or a quicker guy. All of these things I have to learn about him too and a lot of the rest of our team, too.”
It sure sounds like Bogdanovic will be the odd man out early on, which is interesting, because he appears to have the inside track at being one of the Kings’ best players this season. Joerger said he did not talk with De’Aaron Fox about playing time yet, but he’s almost certain to be relegated to mostly backup minutes early on. Buddy Hield, Garrett Temple and Bogdanovic fitting into mostly just shooting guard minutes is going to be a tight squeeze and there might be a guy held out of the rotation. The new guy who just got there seems like where this could be heading.
On the old guy vs. young guy balance:
“You want your older guys — if they’re going to lose minutes — they should be beaten out. The sophomore on a varsity team should have to beat the senior out, or work harder or just be better. So you want to give those older guys their due, their respect and their credibility. And then also they have to be able to have their voice, and just stepping aside and not playing — they’re not going to have a voice.”
July 20, 2019, 3:09 pmOshae BrissettSG-SF, Toronto Raptors
The Raptors have signed Oshae Brissett to an Exhibit 10 contract.
Brissett, a Toronto native, went undrafted after two seasons at Syracuse and played with the Clippers at Summer League, where he averaged 6.6 points, 4.0 rebounds and 0.8 steals in 17.6 minutes a night across five games. This puts Toronto's roster at 20 for the time being, so barring any further transactions the Raptors have their camp group set.
Source: Blake Murphy on Twitter
July 20, 2019, 2:32 pmJordan McLaughlinG, Minnesota Timberwolves
The Wolves have inked point guard Jordan McLaughlin to a two-way contract.
McLaughlin went undrafted in 2018 after a four-year USC career where he averaged 12.8 points, 7.8 assists and 2.0 steals in his senior season. After his strong play for the G-League's Long Island Nets last season, he earned a spot on this years Wolves summer league roster where he continued to impress, leading his team to a 6-1 record. He is unlikely to get many NBA minutes this season with Jeff Teague, Shabazz Napier and Tyrone Wallace on the roster.
Source: Jon Krawczynski on Twitter
July 20, 2019, 1:26 pmEmmanuel MudiayPG, Utah Jazz
The Jazz have officially announced the signing of Emmanuel Mudiay, Jeff Green and Ed Davis.
All three project to come off the bench this season with Green and Davis part of the frontcourt second string while it is unclear if Mudiay or Dante Exum will assume the backup point guard duties. Davis is coming off a career-high 8.6 rebounds per game in only 17.9 minutes last season while Mudiay enjoyed his best year as a pro with the Knicks but all three players can be left undrafted in standard leagues for the time being.
July 20, 2019, 12:59 pmCJ McCollumSG, Trail Blazers
C.J. McCollum has withdrawn his name from the Team USA training camp and 2019 FIBA World Cup.
Following the trend, McCollumn is the fourth player to withdraw his name this week in order to focus on the upcoming season. The original 20 invites are now down to 16 with the final 12-man roster expected to be announced on August 17.
Source: Chris Haynes on Twitter
July 20, 2019, 12:51 pmFrank MasonPG, Milwaukee Bucks
The Bucks have agreed on a two-way contract with Frank Mason III.
Mason did not get much opportunity with the Kings last year and sat out all of Summer League with a sore hip. He projects to spend most of his time in the G-League and called up only if Eric Bledsoe or George Hill need to miss time. The Bucks recently signed Cameron Reynolds to a two-way deal and still have Bonzie Colson on one from last season so they are one over the limit. They still have an empty roster even after signing Kyle Korver so maybe one of their two-ways gets a standard deal instead. Otherwise, one of them will need to be waived.
Source: Shams Charania on Twitter
July 20, 2019, 12:25 pmKyle KorverSF, Milwaukee Bucks
Kyle Korver has agreed to a one-year deal with the Bucks per Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN.
This is not the worst landing spot for Korver but he will strictly be a backup and entering his 17th season, he should not be relevant in standard leagues. He was able to knock down 2.1 triples per game in only 20.1 minutes last season so he may have value as a specialist in super-deep leagues however.
Source: Adrian Wojnarowski on Twitter
July 20, 2019, 11:49 amChris PaulPG, Oklahoma City Thunder
Chris Paul has reportedly settled on the idea of starting the season for the Thunder.
Although Oklahoma City and Miami did not have formal discussions regarding a Chris Paul trade according to Brian Windhorst, the Thunder were willing to discuss giving back the Heat some picks but the Heat would have also wanted Paul to decline his $44 million player option in 2021-2022, which is not going to happen. The Heat want to remain flexible in the next big free agent class of 2021 and adding Paul on his current deal would take that away. Paul's usage rate will likely increase on the Thunder but keep in mind that he has missed at least 21 games in each of the three seasons before drafting him as the 9-time All-Star enters his 15th season in the league.
July 20, 2019, 11:20 amEric GordonSG, Houston Rockets
Eric Gordon withdraws from Team USA training camp for the 2019 FIBA World Cup.
Gordon is the third player to withdraw this week after James Harden and Anthony Davis. The original training camp list of 20 is now down to 17 and the official 12-team roster will be announced on August 17.
Source: Shams Charanis on Twitter
July 19, 2019, 9:59 pmLuke KornetPF-C, Chicago Bulls
The Bulls have officially announced the signings of Luke Kornet and Shaquille Harrison.
Kornet can provide threes and blocks as a backup big for the Bulls. He is currently behind Lauri Markkanen, Thaddeus Young and Wendell Carter Jr. but may be able to carve out some minutes for deep-league owners. Harrison will be fighting for minutes with the Bulls' plethora of point guards at the moment. If he can find some minutes during the season, he can be a source of steals as a player to stream or for deep leagues.
July 19, 2019, 9:24 pmRondae Hollis-JeffersonSF, Toronto Raptors
Rondae Hollis-Jefferson has signed a one-year, $2.5 million contract with the Raptors.
Hollis-Jefferson's deal was originally reported as a minimum contract however it is now a $2.5 million contract which comes out of the Raptors' non-taxpayer mid-level. He will likely play some minutes behind Pascal Siakam, Marc Gasol and Serge Ibaka. He is capable of defending multiple positions and might be able to provide some deep-league value in rebounds, steals and blocks.
Source: Jeff Siegel on Twitter