NBA Gameday: On six-game skid, Kings host Wall, Wizards

NBA Gameday: On six-game skid, Kings host Wall, Wizards

SACRAMENTO -- The Sacramento Kings return home after a brief two-game road trip. They are in desperate need of a win after losing six straight. They’ll host the Washington Wizards on Friday night on the first night of a rare home-and-home back-to-back.

Sacramento led the San Antonio Spurs by as many as 28 points in the first half Wednesday evening at the AT&T Center, but the home team pulled off the improbable comeback. Rookie Skal Labissiere put on a show, scoring a career-high 15 points and grabbing six rebounds in just 15 minutes of action in the loss.

The last time these two teams faced off, the Wizards came into the night just 5-10 on the season. Since that meeting, Washington, led by the dynamic backcourt of John Wall and Bradley Beal, have gone an impressive 34-14 and they currently sit as the three seed in the Eastern Conference playoff race.

OPENING LINE

Wizards by 8

MATCHUP TO WATCH

Tyreke Evans vs. Otto Porter -- Evans is coming off his best game since rejoining the Kings at the All-Star Break. The 27-year-old wing scored 26 points and handed out four assists in 29 minutes starting at the small forward spot. Porter is having a breakout season in Washington, averaging a career-best 14 points and 6.6 rebounds while shooting an NBA best 45.3 percent from behind the arc.

WHERE THEY STAND

Kings: 25-39, third place in Pacific

Wizards: 39-24, first place in Southeast

INJURY REPORT

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

Wizards: No injuries to report.

SERIES HISTORY

Washington holds a 1-0 advantage over the Kings after knocking off Sacramento 101-95 in late November at the Verizon Center. The Kings hold a 104-89 advantage all-time over the Wizards and a 31-30 lead during the Sacramento-era.

QUOTE

“I was mad that we didn’t get to sign him back. I’m still a little salty about it sometimes. That’s a great friend, that’s somebody you always want in your locker room. You always want a guy like that who bonds well with everybody, who’s a leader, who is vocal, leads by example, works hard and is a true professional both on and off the floor.” -Bradley Beal on former teammate Garrett Temple

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 Tyreke Evans, 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.