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Kings set off fireworks on 4th of July by agreeing with Hill and Randolph

Kings set off fireworks on 4th of July by agreeing with Hill and Randolph

Fireworks and the Fourth or July are synonymous. Fireworks and the Sacramento Kings, not so much.
 
Vlade Divac and his budding front office set the NBA world buzzing Tuesday morning when they agreed to terms with two free agents.
 
Divac and co. added one of the premiere free agent guards in Utah’s George Hill, a source confirmed to NBC Sports California.

The contract -- which could be worth up to $57 million -- contains two guaranteed years and a partial guarantee in Year 3.

The deal was first reported by Shams Charania of The Vertical.
 
Minutes after reports broke on Hill’s addition, the Kings struck again, adding 16-year NBA veteran Zach Randolph. Z-Bo spent three years working under head coach Dave Joerger with the Memphis Grizzlies and according to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski, he’s agreed to a deal worth $24 million over two years.
 
Hill is signing on to mentor rookies De’Aaron Fox and Frank Mason. The 32-year-old point guard posted 16.9 points, 4.2 assists and 3.4 rebounds last season for a 51-win Utah Jazz team. He played just 49 games due to injury, but he managed to shoot 40.3 percent from three in 31.5 minutes a night. 
 
Randolph continues to grind. The soon-to-be 36-year-old dropped 14.1 points and 8.2 rebounds in 24.5 minutes per game last season in Memphis. He will be asked to help mentor the Kings’ fleet of young bigs, including Skal Labissiere, Harry Giles, Willie Cauley-Stein and Georgios Papagiannis. 
 
The two-time All-Star brings a toughness the Kings sorely lack on the frontline and he’s played alongside veteran Kosta Koufos during their time together with the Grizzlies.
 
Sacramento isn’t done shopping, although they are running low on roster spots. They still have a major hole at the small forward position and at least $15 million to spend. 
 
Hill and Randolph represent two of the biggest free agent acquisitions by the Kings in recent memory. They are solid veteran additions that will join Koufos and Garrett Temple as the team’s elder statesmen tasked with bringing along one of the league’s youngest rosters.
 

Report: Kings meeting with former Magic, Warriors exec

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Report: Kings meeting with former Magic, Warriors exec

In their search for Scott Perry's replacement, the Kings have spoken with the former GM of the Orlando Magic.

Otis Smith, who served as the Magic GM from 2006 to 2012, reportedly met with the Kings about their recently-vacated VP of basketball operations job.

News of the meeting for was first reported by ESPN.

Perry left the Kings this month to become the GM of the Knicks.

Smith has ties to Northern California. As a player, Smith's rights were sold by the Nuggets to the Warriors in 1987. He played in 137 games over two seasons with the Warriors.

After his playing days were over, Smith joined the Warriors' front office as the executive director of basketball operations.

Currently, Smith is the director of player development and an assistant coach for the Detroit Pistons.

Report: Deal in China for ex-Kings guard worth more than his NBA minimum

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Report: Deal in China for ex-Kings guard worth more than his NBA minimum

Jimmer Fredette is reportedly going back to China.

Fredette agreed to terms on a two-year deal with the Shanghai Sharks worth $1.8 million annually, according to David Pick.

Fredette has accrued five years of NBA service.

The minimum NBA salary for Fredette in 2017-18 would be...

$1,709,538.

The Kings selected Fredette with the 10th overall pick in the 2011 draft.

He averaged 7.6 points per game as a rookie and 7.2 points in Year 2.

Sacramento waived Fredette in February 2014.

Over 50 games with the Pelicans in 2014-15, he averaged 3.6 points per game and shot below 19 percent from deep.

He did not see any action against the Warriors in the opening round of the 2015 playoffs.

In China last year, Fredette averaged 37.6 points and 8.2 rebounds per contest.

He scored 73 points on Feb. 19.