NBA Gameday: Kings have solid shot at ending eight-game skid

NBA Gameday: Kings have solid shot at ending eight-game skid

UPDATE (6:09pm PT on Monday): About 90 minutes before tip-off, the Kings announced that Arron Affalo, Kosta Koufos and Ty Lawson will not play (rest) and Tyreke Evans will sit out due to a sore left ankle.

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SACRAMENTO -- Looking to get back in the win column, the Sacramento Kings face off with the Orlando Magic Monday night at Golden 1 Center with the hopes of snapping their season-long eight-game losing streak.

Coach Dave Joerger has shown restraint with regards to his young players, but he’s loosened the reigns of late. Willie Cauley-Stein, Buddy Hield and Skal Labissiere have each earned major rotational minutes down the stretch as the Kings look to the future.

Orlando sits near the bottom of the Eastern Conference standings. Scoring has been an issue all season long for Frank Vogel and his young core. The Magic rank 29th in points per game at 99.7 a night and they also sit at the bottom in the NBA in 3-point percentage, knocking down just 32.4 percent from long range.  

OPENING LINE

Kings by 1

MATCHUP TO WATCH

Buddy Hield vs. Evan Fournier -- Hield is finding his rhythm on the offensive end since coming over from the Pelicans at the deadline. Through nine games, he’s averaging 13.9 points per game on 52.3 percent from the floor and 51.2 percent from long range in 25.9 minutes a night. Fournier is a tough cover on most nights, leading the Magic in scoring at 16.8 points per game. Hield has struggled on the defensive end, but if he can match Fournier’s scoring output, the Kings have a solid shot of snapping their losing streak.   

WHERE THEY STAND

Kings: 25-41, third place in Pacific

Magic: 24-33, last place in Southeast

INJURY REPORT

Kings: SG Malachi Richardson (right hamstring partial tear) out, F Rudy Gay (torn left Achilles) out for season.

Magic: SG Jodie Meeks (thumb) out.

SERIES HISTORY

The Magic owns a 1-0 advantage in the season series, knocking off the Kings at the Amway Center on Nov. 3 by a final of 102-94. Sacramento holds a 28-26 lead all-time over Orlando.

QUOTE

“Buddy has come in and played well, even with all the hype and stuff. He’s handled it like a pro and played his game. Skal has come in and really done a great job providing energy, but also showing his offensive ability, obviously, his athletic ability, being able to rebound. Willie’s been playing well the whole season and he’s starting to get consistent in that role. It’s really good to see these young guys coming into their own.” -Garrett Temple on the young players earning their minutes

Source: Kings decline to extend qualifying offer to Ben McLemore

Source: Kings decline to extend qualifying offer to Ben McLemore

After four years in the Capitol City, Ben McLemore's time is up.

The Kings have declined to extend a qualifying offer to McLemore, making him an unrestricted free agent, a league source confirmed to NBCSportsCalifornia.com's James Ham

The former No. 7 overall pick in the 2013 NBA Draft out of Kansas, McLemore played in 61 games this past season. He averaged 8.1 points and 2.1 rebounds in 19.3 minutes.

McLemore's best season with the Kings came in 2014-15 when he averaged 12.1 points in 82 games.

But the 24-year-old saw his role cut back in 2015-16 under former head coach George Karl. His minutes dropped from 32.6 to 21.2 in 2015-16.

All-Rookie First Team shooting guard Buddy Hield projects as the Kings' starter heading into the 2017-18 season. Sacramento has several other options at shooting guard including Malachi Richardson and Garrett Temple.

The news was first reported by ESPN.

Report: Kings agree to three-year deal with Bogdanovic

Report: Kings agree to three-year deal with Bogdanovic

The Sacramento Kings continue to add young talent to their growing roster.

Serbian star Bogdan Bogdanovic is primed to join the Kings this summer on a three-year deal, league sources confirmed to NBC Sports California.

The deal will reportedly be worth between $30 and $36 million.

Bogdanovic, 24, is fresh of a European championship with Fenerbahçe of the Turkish super league and a silver medal at the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio.

The team is restricted from confirming the reports until July 6, when the NBA’s free agent moratorium ends, but there has been a growing optimism over Bogdanovic joining the Kings for some time.

Sacramento acquired the rights to Bogdanovic as part of a 2016 draft night trade that sent the eighth overall selection (Marquese Chriss) to the Phoenix Suns for picks No. 13 (Georgios Papagiannis) and No. 28 (Skal Labissiere). The Suns selected Bogdanovic with the 27th pick of the 2014 NBA Draft, but had failed in their attempts to lure the young shooting guard to the US.

Bogdanovic is expected to compete with Buddy Hield, Garrett Temple and Malachi Richardson for minutes at the shooting guard position this season. The 6-foot-6, 194-pound guard averaged 14.6 points, 3.8 rebounds and 3.6 assists in 27.9 minutes per game while shooting 43 percent from behind the arc this season for Fenerbahçe.