July 11, 2018, 6:34 pm
No Frank Mason, an off night for Justin Jackson and a Harry Giles ejection all led to the Kings being eliminated from the Las Vegas Summer League tournament.
The Cavaliers defeated the Kings 96-84 on Wednesday afternoon.
Jackson shot and shot and shot some more but ended the game 7-of-24 from the field for Sacramento. Zach Auguste, who’s battling for a roster spot — or potential two-way deal — had himself another top notch game for the Kings as he finished with 19 points and nine rebounds.
Giles had a rough shooting game, but showed some other facets of his game, especially his dishing ability and finished with six dimes in a game cut short by an ejection.
Wenyen Gabriel had some good looks and finished with 15 points and three rebounds.
The absence of Mason and the play of rookie Collin Sexton for Cleveland got the Cavaliers off to a rapid start against the short-handed Kings.
Giles and Jackson each looked a bit off to begin the game as well. Giles missed a couple easy looks and Jackson missed his first five shots before connecting.
It was the same play Jackson and Giles connected with yesterday on the baseline as Giles gave the rock to Jackson and set a pick to free him.
Although the Kings would trail 20-6 with under four minutes to play, the Kings, led by Jackson would go on an 8-0 run to make it a closer contest.
Jackson knocked down a free and a wide open look from the right angle of the 3-point arc to make it the six point game it was.
Another breathe of fresh air off the bench was Auguste, who’s continued to excel played in just four minutes and had five points, a steal, an assist and a rebound.
At the end of the first period, the Cavs led 24-19.
The second quarter was more of the same from Sexton, but the Kings continued to keep up but ended the half down eight.
Giles looked more comfortable in the post and showed an ability to pass as he found open teammates and fit passes into creases to dish out a few assists. Overall, the ball seemed to be moving better than in the first period. Jackson also knocked down an open 3-pointer exhibiting the consistency that the Kings need to see out of him this year.
The third period was a sloppy one for the Kings and the ugly period became even more strange when the lights went dim in the middle of the period.
After a bit of a delay, both teams decided the atmosphere was light enough to continue play and the game went on. Matt Jones knocked down a 3-pointer to give himself seven points and the Kings trailed by six with about three minutes to play.
Auguste’s strong game continued in the period and got to the foul line a couple times, but missed three attempts in the quarter.
Although a couple players, like Auguste and Giles had good looking quarters, the Kings found themselves down 12 at the end of the third.
After trimming the lead to six points in the fourth quarter, the Cavs exploded to take a 20-point lead and all but seal the deal on the Kings’ Summer League championship hopes.
The most exciting part of the fourth was a put-back dunk by Brandon Austin, however, the dunk was ultimately wiped off due to a foul for over the back by Austin.
The Kings will now have tomorrow off before playing their consolation game Friday against a team TBA.
April 25, 2019, 5:58 pmJeff Hornacek - Team - New York Knicks
The Kings have interviewed Jeff Hornacek for an assistant coach position.
The Kings have already hired their head coach, Luke Walton. However, with Walton's status up in the air with the recent allegations made against him, the Kings would do well to hire an assistant with head coaching experience. Hornacek last coached for the Knicks before being fired at the end of the 2017-2018 season. His overall record as head coach for the Knicks and the Suns is 161-216.
Source: James Ham on Twitter
April 25, 2019, 5:32 pmOmer Asik - C - Chicago Bulls
The Bulls have requested that Omer Asik's contract not count towards the team salary as he suffered a career-ending injury/illness.
Asik, who was waived by the Bulls last October, has been forced to retire. Asik was able to play in the league for 8 seasons. With this move, the Bulls would free up an additional three million dollars in cap room that they could use to help bolster their young roster heading into the 2019-2020 season.
Source: Shams Charania on Twitter
April 25, 2019, 4:59 pmMarkelle Fultz - G - Orlando Magic
Orlando's President Jeff Weltman says that he is "more excited" about Markelle Fultz now than he was at the trade deadline.
At this time, there is no reason for Orlando to be anything other than positive about the former No. 1 overall pick in the 2017 draft. With an entire offseason ahead of him in a city other than Philadelphia, perhaps Fultz can finally turn it around and find his shot. The Magic are a team that is looking towards the future and Fultz has an opportunity to become the starting point guard of that future. The team will not rush him back but it does seem like they expect more from him next season.
Source: John Denton on Twitter
April 25, 2019, 4:13 pmSteve Kerr - Team - Golden State Warriors
Head coach Steve Kerr told the media that “everything is on the table” ahead of Game 6 on Friday night against the Clippers.
The Warriors have struggled in ending this series against a very solid Clippers team. The Warriors coaching staff will make any necessary adjustments for Friday’s Game 6 so that they can end the series and focus on the playing the Rockets in the next round. We should expect some changes to the rotation but this may only be coach speak. Expect some minor adjustments ahead of Game 6.
Source: Mark Medina on Twitter
April 25, 2019, 3:52 pmMarkieff Morris - F - Oklahoma City Thunder
Markieff Morris expressed that he wouldn't return to the same allotment of minutes that he played for the Thunder this season but he was very complimentary of the organization.
Morris didn't play a high total of minutes for the Thunder after being signed in late February. It looks like he may be interested in returning to the team if they would expand his role heading into next season. Otherwise, he will be looking at other opportunities that grant him more playing time.
Source: Brett Dawson on Twitter
April 25, 2019, 3:32 pmMalcolm Brogdon - G - Milwaukee Bucks
Malcolm Brogdon (partial right plantar fascia tear) is out for at least Game 1 and Game 2 against the Celtics and will be reevaluated afterward.
With Brogdon out, Sterling Brown, Pat Connaughton, George Hill and Tony Snell will continue to handle the bulk of the minutes at shooting guard in the meantime.
Source: Matt Velazquez on Twitter
April 25, 2019, 3:19 pmMonty Williams - Team - Philadelphia Sixers
The Suns’ officials will travel to Toronto on Friday to meet with the franchise’s top coaching candidate, Sixers assistant Monty Williams.
Williams has a busy schedule lined up with interviews scheduled with the Suns and Lakers in addition to a second-round playoff series with the Raptors to prepare for. As the battle for Williams’ services heats up, it would be a shocker if he isn’t announced as a new head coach within the next week.
Source: Adrian Wojnarowski on Twitter
April 25, 2019, 3:08 pmNerlens Noel - F/C - Oklahoma City Thunder
Nerlens Noel was coy when asked about his $1.99 million player option, saying he's going to let his agent figure that out.
Noel had a decent bounce-back season in limited minutes off the bench for the Thunder. After playing in a career-high 77 games and proving he was healthy coming off an injury-plagued 2017-2018 season, Noel should be able to make more money in free agency.
Source: Brett Dawson on Twitter
April 25, 2019, 2:58 pmAndre Roberson - G/F - Oklahoma City Thunder
Andre Roberson said during his exit interview, that he’s been “making great progress” and is on track to be ready for training camp.
This is encouraging news for Roberson who missed the last year and a half with the patellar injury after taking a wicked fall. Roberson will have to prove his health this fall before he becomes an option for fantasy teams, but the Thunder have to be thrilled to hear this news about their defensive stopper.
Source: Brett Dawson on Twitter
April 25, 2019, 2:53 pmMonty Williams - Team - Philadelphia Sixers
The Lakers are sending a host of prominent figures including Jeanie Buss, GM Rob Pelinka, COO Tim Harris, Joey Buss, Jesse Buss, and Kurt and Linda Rambis to meet with Monty Williams for his second interview.
Both Williams and Tyronn Lue are the presumed favorites to land the Lakers head coaching vacancy. With Williams' name heating up within open positions around the league, the Lakers decided to send everyone his way for the second interview. This interview should be telling as to which direction the leagues coaching carousel goes in.
Source: Bill Oram on Twitter