The 2012 NBA Summer League did not get off to an auspicious start for the Sacramento Kings after a 121-87 blowout loss to the Charlotte Bobcats.
The Kings put up some horrific numbers on Friday night in Las Vegas, shooting 37.7 percent from the floor, 20.8 percent from three-point range, and amassing 23 turnovers.
Michael Kidd-Gilchrist, who went to the Bobcats second overall in the draft, was also a big part of the problem for the Kings. Kidd-Gilchrist went 7-12 from the floor, with 18 points and led his team with five assists.
Sacramento rookie and fifth overall pick Thomas Robinson showed that he has great potential as well as the need for development in his Kings debut. While Robinson led his team with 19 points, he also led the team with eight turnovers.
A curt Robinson was not shy in expressing displeasure in his performance during a post game interview:
Q: Thomas, obviously the score was not something you wanted in your pro debut, but are there some positives you can take out of this night?
A: No. Not at all.
Q: When you look at your performance tonight...what do you immediately say you can improve on?
A: I played horrible.
Q: What type of encouragement did you get tonight from your coaching staff?
A: Just keep playing through it.
But as bad as Robinson's night was, Kings guard Jimmer Fredette had an even worse one. Ferdette went an impossibly bad 2-11 from the floor and 0-8 in three-point attempts.
The Kings are back in action tomorrow at 5 p.m. against the Los Angeles Lakers.
SACRAMENTO -- In an unexpected move, published reports have Sacramento Kings guard Langston Galloway opting out of the final year of his contract that would have paid the 25-year-old $5.4 million next season.
Galloway was acquired by the Kings as part of the DeMarcus Cousins deal during All-Star weekend. The third-year pro averaged 6.0 points, 1.5 assists and 1.8 rebounds in 19 games for Sacramento, while shooting a robust 47.5 percent from long range.
With the move, Sacramento moves an estimated $56 million under the salary cap for the 2017-18 season with a team option on Arron Afflalo for $12.5 million with a $1.5 million buyout. If Afflalo isn’t retained, the Kings can move $67 million under the salary cap with just seven players under contract.
Galloway joins a growing list of veterans to leave the Kings since the end of the season. Rudy Gay declined his $14.3 million player option earlier in the month and Sacramento chose to waive forward Anthony Tolliver and pay his $2 million buyout instead of a $8 million contract for next year.
Mike Scotto of BasketballInsiders.com was first with the news.
In their attempt to offer a package to Indiana for Paul George, the Lakers came knocking on the Kings' door.
Unfortunately for Los Angeles, the Kings weren't interested in what they had to offer.
According to TNT, the Lakers offered the No. 2 pick to the Kings for the No. 5 and No. 10 picks.
The Kings reportedly rejected the offer.
The Lakers' plan appearantly was to take one of the two picks acquired from the Kings, package it with the No. 27 and No. 28 picks they owned and a player on their roster in an offer for George.
It appears they'll have to find a different avenue to get George to LA.