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Neemias Queta out for remainder of Summer League with foot injury

A disappointing setback for Queta.
By | 22 Comments | Jul 11, 2023

Jul 13, 2022; Las Vegas, NV, USA; Sacramento Kings center Neemias Queta (88) is pictured during an NBA Summer League game against the Oklahoma City Thunder at Thomas & Mack Center. Mandatory Credit: Stephen R. Sylvanie-USA TODAY Sports

The Sacramento Kings announced Tuesday that center Neemias Queta will miss the remainder of Vegas Summer League after suffering a foot injury on Monday.

From the Kings:

Sacramento Kings center Neemias Queta left the second quarter of Monday night’s game versus the Los Angeles Clippers due to a right foot injury. X-ray imaging following the game revealed no fractures. An MRI conducted Tuesday revealed a stress reaction and metatarsal capsule sprain.

Queta will miss the remainder of the 2023 NBA 2K24 Summer League. Further updates will be provided when appropriate.

It’s a disappointing end to Summer League for Queta, who is battling for his NBA future.

Queta is currently unsigned after a tremendous season in the G League in which he was runner-up for G League MVP honors. The Kings extended Queta a Qualifying Offer, making him a restricted free agent, but it remains unclear if Queta might be the Kings third-string center or return for one more season on a two-way contract.

Purely speculating, I’m guessing the Kings would like to have one more season of Queta on a two-way deal, while Queta hopes for a full-time NBA contract. This injury may eliminate Queta’s hopes for a full-time NBA role. Queta has had some bright spots in Summer League, most notably his game against the Atlanta Hawks, but has mostly still appeared to be a raw prospect.

I sincerely hope Queta has a speedy recovery and can establish himself as a true NBA player. He seems like a great teammate based on recent comments from Colby Jones and Jalen Slawson, and I hope Queta can earn himself a real role with Sacramento.

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PretendGhost
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July 12, 2023 2:06 am

health permitting, I think Neemi is gonna find his way to an NBA roster somewhere. Even just as a spot backup center.

on the flip side, there was some nice Giles footage that surfaced today. Would love to sniff around that tree

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July 12, 2023 8:30 am
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Giles is the answer to everything this team needs.

Solid player that consistently produces.

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July 12, 2023 9:19 am

I’ve always been a fan of Giles. The Kings went on a tear when Giles was inserted into the starting lineup and then dropped a load in the bubble when they benched him.

Not sure about the knees. and when coach Brown said what he was looking for in a backup center last year, he included not fouling. and Giles’ foul rate is pretty high.

that shot looks improved, but I’m a sucker for his promotional videos.

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July 12, 2023 10:59 am
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yeah, I saw you post this in the other thread. shot looks like money!

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July 12, 2023 2:29 pm
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This one is different, with just a few clips from the workout. But it also has a teaser excerpt from Giles’ interview with Sean Cunningham—the full interview to be posted some time soon.

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July 12, 2023 6:58 am

Plenty of time to recover before training camp. He makes some mistakes, but his size, skill, and athleticism should earn him some rotation time.

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July 12, 2023 7:32 am

I, of course, know little but here I am typing away as if I do…

that obvious proclamation aside – Neemius has an upside much like a Bismack Biyombo – a defensive presence/space eater and six fouls wrapped into an NBA sized body. Offensively, the reactions are slow, awkward – a half step too late, and perhaps aptly labelled for a 5, as too self-centered. It seems that NBA playing time is all that is needed to finish the picture to be this level of player.

I am guessing that Minte (Mike-Monte) McBrown (Head Coach and GM portmanteau) are wanting/wishing for more. What that is – a project with more “potential”, a veteran with more of a well rounded game that blends, who knows? Perhaps they feel they have that already in hand with Alex Len and don’t need another of the same (Len has the quicker, more experienced mind in a physically less reflexive body). I admit disappointment that it was not Mason Plumlee for stretches of Domas rest/load management, nor Dario Saric for 10-15 minutes/game (he looked so good against the Kings that one time against OKC at the end of the season and now he signed a one year with GSW) which perhaps are covered as Trey Lyles minutes.

I dunno.

After the excitement of Wemby, Scoot and the new rookies fade, it seems VSL is softening to background noise along with the draft and Free Agency. I am all shrugged out over the Dame Lillard drama.

The long hot Summer of Hoop Hiatus has begun.

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July 12, 2023 4:51 pm

Q is an enigma- has an NBA 5 body for sure but his reactions are slow.
I am sure Kings want more.
“Stress reaction” and capsular strain- Metatarsal is one of the big bones in middle of foot, heading towards the toes. Probably 5th metatarsal, most common. Stress reactions or stress fractures can be very problematic. Sometimes slow to heal due to relative poor blood supply.
Huge, huge risk to put him on big team roster.

They had not done that yet, so they had misgivings even before injury.

Hary Giles- love the guy. But is he a backup 5? anything else on this team is redundant. can he play?
Davion, Duarte, Edwards, Keon + Harry= lots of disruption but no scoring.

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July 17, 2023 12:04 pm
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I think the HG train has left, but imagine what he could learn fom Sabonis? Similar bodies and IQ and skill sets, obviously Sabonis is more talented down low…but HG could be a solid passing big backup to Sabonis.

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July 12, 2023 7:44 am

that’s too bad. he was playing well.

on a positive note, Keon Ellis and Colby Jones are looking good.

Slawson had another highlight play – blocked an intended alley-oop. constructive criticism: Jalen is telegraphing his passes and often commits by leaning in the direction where he wants to pass.

Kessler still has the dropsies. does he need to do wide receiver drills?

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July 12, 2023 4:53 pm
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Kessler- hands of stone. Slawson is just not confident, hence hesitates. Knows what to do but won’t do it.
Jones had bad last game.
Keon ! he gets his hands on everything within 25 feet of him.
let him play D and go to corner where he hits the 3.

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July 12, 2023 9:19 am

A pity, I am rooting for the guy.

Unfortunately, he just seems to lack a basic feel and understanding for the flow of the game, positioning on the field etc. Not sure that can be remedied to the extent that he’ll be a viable rotation player.

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July 12, 2023 10:29 am

Another Hassan Whiteside? What does it take to see, develop and execute talent at this level?

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July 12, 2023 11:20 am

OT: Looks like Sabonis ended up having surgery on his hand after all. Hope he’ll be recovered by the start of the season.
https://twitter.com/Sactown1140/status/1679159022522597380?t=mUSXzNUdJNduuWk4sLOP0g&s=19

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July 12, 2023 12:39 pm
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July 13, 2023 5:43 pm
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July 12, 2023 2:07 pm
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Whether he’s had surgery or not, why the hell was it not done two months ago?

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July 12, 2023 4:55 pm
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to make us all mad for sure

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July 12, 2023 5:48 pm

Get healthy big man.

IMO, Queta should’ve already been signed to a contract to compete for the back up “big” role. He is already more skilled than Len and he has way more potential than Len ever did.

Speaking of Len, other than being a campy body, I am not thrilled at all that he’s back. Despite being an end of bench guy, I think his re-signing was the worst one of the summer. I try to not get worked up over people who don’t matter, but this one continues to bother me. I prefer Queta over Len, Lyles over Len, and I liked Metu more than Len. If they had signed Queta to a deal already, I would be less concerned that I might actually have to watch Len play. I even prefer Giles over Len, and by a lot, which is saying something.

Queta has done everything anyone can ask of a 2-way guy and the team is acting like he sucked in the G League last year, he needs real minutes on an NBA floor, not another year in Stockton.

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July 12, 2023 7:56 pm
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Agreed, Len is someone we knew, but not someone who can truly add much in terms of extra wins. Monte decided not to get a big, defensive player, who could run the floor a bit, at the trade deadline (he also did not add another 3 pt shooter). This year he didn’t add the same needs in a big man (yes, he did well on the contracts and retaining the core players). This is problematic, as there are some decent players out there (Queta is not a bad option and should have played more last year), such as offering something smallish for Wood, Noel, etc (all these players are just sitting there with little to no interest). Let’s use the last 2 contracts on big men who clog the lane, change shots, rim run a bit, and rebound well– the opposite would mean a few less wins, a possible 5-6 seed or lower, and challenges in the playoffs. At least it would be nice to offer some 2nd round picks for Kai Jones/Nick Richards or other fringe players like that.

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July 17, 2023 12:01 pm

Didn’t realize Okafor was only 27. He did will in the G league last year. If his current Spain playing goes well, he might be a good flyer on a one year minimum contract next year. His per 36 was always good. Stuck behind rebuilding nets and embiid on the 76’ers

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