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Report: Kings sign former UC Davis star Chima Moneke

At 26-years-old, Chima Moneke is getting his first NBA shot with the Sacramento Kings.

Monte McNair's busy offseason continued on Friday night when Fox 40's Sean Cunningham reported that former UC Davis star Chima Moneke has signed a contract with the Sacramento Kings. Australian basketball reporter Michael Houben later reported that it was a 2-year, partially guaranteed contract.

Moneke's connection to the area and organization doesn't stop at UC Davis. Chima is also a member of the Nigerian National Team where Mike Brown, Jordi Fernandez and Luke Loucks have been coaching since February 2020.

Across 51 games in the Spanish ACB and BCL in 2021-22, Chima Moneke averaged 14.3 points, 7.6 rebounds, 1.4 assists, 1.5 steals, and 0.5 blocks per game. He shot 62% from the 2-point range, 30% from the 3-point range, and 73% from the foul line, according to basketnews.com.

The 26-year-old 6′ 6″ Nigerian-Australian forward also won MVP of the Basketball Champions League with BAXI Manresa last season.

Moneke's story is one worth rooting for. From UC Davis to France to the Nigerian National Team, to Spain, all for a chance in the NBA – and now he's getting one with the Kings. There is a need here for some forward depth and defense, so he's got a shot to stick around and make a name for himself in the league.

Welcome to Sacramento, and best of luck to Chima Moneke!

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Kosta
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July 16, 2022 2:32 pm

Chima + Chimezie are going to help us sweep our playoff series!

Chim-Chim Cher-ee, indeed!

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July 16, 2022 2:42 pm

Is it a good or a bad thing that Mike Brown is surrounding himself with people he knows from the NIgerian NT?

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July 16, 2022 2:57 pm

Hopefully Gabe Vincent can be our 3rd guard then

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July 16, 2022 2:42 pm

Mike Brown: So I know this kid that played for Nigeria. A real prince of a guy –

Vivek: A Nigerian Prince? Sold! Where do I send the check???

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July 16, 2022 2:53 pm

Watching him as he miraculously single-handedly dragged a mediocre UC Davis team to the March Madness tournament was surreal. Despite a valiant effort on his part, they lost in the first round to Kansas starring Frank Mason Jr., Josh Jackson, and Devonta Graham. That being said, he looked like a shorter Thomas Robinson back then… Hope his game has evolved some

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July 16, 2022 2:55 pm

I like that they Kings aren’t picking up retreads and are instead taking flyers. I think both 2-way contacts are taken so I assume this is an minimum deal?

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July 16, 2022 3:20 pm

I support all Aggies.

Bossy cow cow.

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July 16, 2022 3:53 pm

It’s just a partially guaranteed camp invite contract, right? He’s not taking up one of the last roster spots, right?

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July 16, 2022 4:39 pm
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I would hope not, given the holes that still need to be filled on this roster.

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July 16, 2022 3:57 pm

Monte just buying lottery tickets at the bodega at this point.

Make another big move, dude.

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July 16, 2022 4:38 pm
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HB and/or Richaun likely get moved soon enough. I think any trades are on hold due to the KD, Spida, Kyrie situations.

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July 17, 2022 6:35 am
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I believe it’s inevitable HB and/or Holmes will not be suiting up for the Kings this season. I agree that once the dust settles with the major names out there, Monte will pull the trigger with a big move.

It’s just a gut feel on my part, or prediction, so we’ll have to see, but based on Monte’s moves so far and the direction he’s taking the team, a trade seems likely.

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July 17, 2022 8:23 pm
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do we know if any of those situations gets cleared up before the start of the season? They might just run it back in B-town and who knows if or when Mitchell gets traded

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July 16, 2022 4:37 pm

These last two signings are the defintion of meh. Guess it’s that point of the off season.
Still need a 3rd ball handler/PG and I still don’t think we have a defensive rim protector big either. I’m guessint we don’t have two more roster spots available. Hopefully a trade is made at some point to upgrade the holes in the roster.

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July 16, 2022 6:58 pm

What I learned today: a “drippy camera” is a thing. Fun. Welcome to Sac Chima!!

coolhandluke
July 16, 2022 11:20 pm

Chima is a bit undersized but is quick as hell and has that dawg in him. Not a bad choice to round out the bench.

His recent highlights:

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July 18, 2022 7:13 am
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This is good, thank you for posting. He looks like a guy who can create his own shot, is very quick and athletic, does a bit of rim protecting, and has decent handles. I don’t expect to see a whole lot of him, but he could be a guy who can hold things down while the starters rest.

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July 17, 2022 3:51 am

I am routinely the house Metu guy. Still am.
But this guy had something going at Davis. This isn’t a handshake local deal. He is a legit prospect, but a prospect to be sure. 1/100 he ever makes rotational big, but this is the guy you make that 1/100 Yogi Stewart bet on. I like it, I love It, I
want some more of it.

can we all take a moment to just be happy for the young man?

let’s get tropical!

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July 17, 2022 2:17 pm

Easy guy to root for. Let’s see how far he can climb!

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July 18, 2022 7:16 am

I’d like to be happy for him an us, but apparently, he’s a lottery ticket at a bodega, and not Kevin Durant, so (checks notes) I guess we should rehire VD to run things.

He’s going to hustle and defend when he’s in, and for an end-of-bench guy, that is just fine.

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July 17, 2022 7:20 am

Thank goodness we got someone that will challenge Keegan for PT..

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July 17, 2022 9:35 am

I think that this signing shows that the FO is creative- going far and wide in a search for players who might help. Chima + Sasha + Okpala- looking everywhere.
May not find anyone but looking.
There is a PG from Space Jam…………………………

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July 17, 2022 4:48 pm

This is Mike Brown trying to establish culture. These guys were outmatched and beat a superior USA squad based on discipline and effort. Even with marginal NBA talent, they will bring a mindset to practice. Having coaches and players from an overachieving squad is a great thing to have at the end of the bench.

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