Monte McNair has made a series of interesting partially-guaranteed signings over the last few weeks, and according Yahoo! Sports' Chris Haynes, free agent sharpshooter Sam Merrill is joining that list.
Free agent sharpshooter Sam Merrill has reached an agreement with the Sacramento Kings, league sources tell @YahooSports.
— Chris Haynes (@ChrisBHaynes) August 12, 2022
Merrill is a 25-year-old 6-4 shooting guard out of Utah State University. He has two NBA seasons under his belt, playing 30 games with the Milwaukee Bucks in 2020-21 followed by just 6 games with the Memphis Grizzlies in 2021-2022.
As Haynes noted in his report, Merrill is a legitimate shooter. The NBA sample size is small, but Merrill will arrive in Sacramento sporting a career .400 3P% on 1.9 3PA per game. Over his 4-year run at Utah State, he shot .421 from 3 on 5.7 3PA per game.
The Athletic's Tony Jones reported on the details of Sam Merrill's contract with the Kings, and much like Chima Moneke, KZ Okpala, Quinn Cook, and Matthew Dellavedova before him –– Merrill's contract is not guaranteed, and he will have to fight for his spot on the regular season roster in training camp.
Sam Merrill received a two year deal from the Sacramento Kings, League Sources tell The Athletic. The deal comes with a partial guarantee, so he will have to make the roster. But the Kings currently have spots available. @ChrisBHaynes first reported an agreement
— Tony Jones (@Tjonesonthenba) August 12, 2022
It's hard to be overly negative on any training camp signing, but I like Monte McNair's thinking here. The Kings have quietly collected a nice mix of young players and veterans with a wide range of skill sets that should create a pretty competitive environment in training camp. Good luck, Sam Merrill. We'll see who survives the cut.