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Kings sign Chimezie Metu to Two-Way Contract

Metu will provide the Kings with depth.

The Sacramento Kings have signed Chimezie Metu to a two-way contract. Metu spent the preseason with the Kings before being waived in the final roster cuts. Once Metu cleared waivers the Kings were able to bring him back on a two-way.

The news was first reported by Adrian Wojnarowski in the middle of last night's game against the Denver Nuggets.

The Kings confirmed the news via press release on Thursday.

Metu played limited minutes in preseason, but was productive when he played. He averaged 6.0 points and 2.3 rebounds in 7.4 minutes per game.

More important that the raw numbers, Metu is an athletic big who can also stretch the floor. He is a great fit should the Kings need additional big man depth due to injuries or illnesses.

With the shortened season and the risk of losing players to COVID, the NBA is allowing two-way players to play in up to 50 games, and travel and practice days no longer count against days of use. This means the Kings essentially have a 17-man roster, as long as Metu and Kyle Guy appear in less than 50 games each.

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ZillersCat
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December 24, 2020 1:09 pm

I’m detecting a feel good story 🙂 Yeah!
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December 24, 2020 1:13 pm

He reminds me of Bobby Portis. Hopefully he can build on PS.

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December 24, 2020 1:28 pm

De Metu!

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December 24, 2020 1:40 pm

Love this, just no downside at all, very glad he cleared waivers.

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December 24, 2020 1:59 pm

We would have won in regulation if we had kept Metu from the get go! 😉

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December 24, 2020 3:18 pm

He has the potential to be as good as Karl Malone.

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December 24, 2020 5:10 pm
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Like Jason Thompson!

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December 24, 2020 3:26 pm

I’m curious why they waived him in the first place since they didn’t need to to make him into a 2W contract.

But, no big deal. Good luck Chimezie!

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December 24, 2020 7:56 pm
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They owed him some guaranteed money if we was on the roster (under that original contract) pretty soon.

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December 25, 2020 10:04 am
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If he was on opening day as under a standard contract or even an exhibit 10, yes. They might have had to waive him for some unknown reason (my theory is they wanted to give him a chance to get picked up by a team who wanted him on their roster as a NBA player instead of just a 2 way) before converting him to a 2 way player. But that’s not always the case with camp contracts like what Metu had. Usually a conversion from Camp contract to a 2W is possible.

Eh, doesn’t matter really. Just idle curiosity. But the devil wantsa know!

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December 24, 2020 3:54 pm

I can see the League allowing more roster spots in the near future as modern medicine keeps supporting the ‘load management’ movement in sports.

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December 24, 2020 4:02 pm

Like I asked a few days ago, “why not give him a two-way?”

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December 24, 2020 6:17 pm

With that throw down Chimezie Metu says nice to meet you👑

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December 25, 2020 3:42 pm

cool

from the little I have seen I like this dudes game.

Is he better or potentially a better or more stable / less risky young big man investment over Giles? It’s possible, thats my hope. He’s less expensive at the moment and significantly less injury history from what i gather.

This just seems really really really smart when your roster is evaporating after this season. Metu can potentially be a rotational back up big man on your 2022 roster with only Bagley under contract.

After almost a full year up with the big club learning the system and how to be a pro this could pay off in a very hugely gigantic way for 2022. I love this move very much

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December 26, 2020 8:30 am

No downside to this move. Maybe he can develop into a rotational big.

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