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Sacramento Kings assign Chima Moneke to Stockton Kings

Moneke isn't expected to garner much playing time in Sacramento.

According to Sean Cunningham of Fox40, the Sacramento Kings have assigned swingman Chima Moneke to the Stockton Kings as Sacramento’s G League squad prepares for its season opener next week.

Moneke, a relatively unknown player many expected to be among Sacramento’s final camp cuts in the offseason, managed to snag the Kings final roster spot through both his tenacious play and his familiarity with Mike Brown’s coaching style and system through the Nigerian national team, beating out bigger name veterans such as Kent Bazemore and Quinn Cook in the process. Unfortunately for Chima, although he conquered the largest hurdle in simply making the team, the likelihood of him garnering playing time while sitting behind Kevin Huerter, Malik Monk, Terence Davis, Harrison Barnes, and Keegan Murray is extremely low.

The plan to send Moneke to Stockton is a smart one, even if he’s a bit older than most players shifting back and forth between home and minor league squads, as he’ll turn 27 in a few weeks. Because Moneke is on a full-time contract for the Kings, he cannot be snagged by another team or offered another contract. He’s still fully under control of the organization. In addition, instead of merely riding the bench night after night, Chima can continue to develop his skill set in Sacramento’s overarching system, with the hope that he either contributes at a high enough level in the G League to earn some minutes for the Kings, or that the front office makes a move or two to open an opportunity for him to get some playing time.

Along with Moneke, two-way players Neemias Queta and Keon Ellis will also be heading down to Stockton, which should come as no surprise. Neither Queta nor Ellis are expected to come close to cracking Sacramento's primary rotation, and shifting them to the G League will allow them ample opportunity to get some in-game development under Head Coach Bobby Jackson.

Update: The Kings recalled Moneke to Sacramento one day after assigning him to Stockton.

We’re seen the Kings use this strategy before, and Moneke will likely bounce back and forth between Stockton and Sacramento throughout the year. Having their G League affiliate so close to Sacramento allows the Kings to maximize practice and playing time for end-of-the-bench players. Moneke was likely recalled so he could practice with Sacramento’s main squad as the Kings have a break until their game Thursday against the Grizzlies.

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Hobby916
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October 25, 2022 9:25 am

He can’t do much worse than KZ

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October 25, 2022 2:16 pm
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offensively, sure. Defensively is where that kid’s upside lives. I believe he held Curry scoreless for about 5-6 minutes the other night, a fair accomplishment for a guy 6″ taller than Curry. Too bad he can’t throw the ball over the side of a boat and hit water…

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October 25, 2022 4:44 pm
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Well, he played the first 3 minutes and didn’t really see the court after that. Maybe a possession after a timeout or something. Gonna need more than that

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October 25, 2022 9:25 am

Wish him luck and and hopefully he gets some good work in at Stockton this season, but I can’t help but think he and KZ were a Duje Dukan type of signing. Brown getting a bone thrown to guys he likes.

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October 25, 2022 9:34 am
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Guys he LOVES

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October 25, 2022 3:42 pm
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He and Davion sure wore out Dame’s ass last week. KZ is definitely a guy you can throw at a star player to make them work.

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October 25, 2022 9:03 pm
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I wouldn’t put either of those guys in the Dukan category. KZ was an early 2nd round pick and Chima has had success overseas. They also both have the physical capability to compete in the nba.

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October 25, 2022 9:26 am

Sad to see Moneke and Ellis both headed to Stockton……….

especially when the Barnes and Mitchell struggling……………..

(Moneke can provide energy that Barnes lacks of….while Ellis can provide some 3 pts shooting, although with less defense…but Ellis is taller)

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October 25, 2022 10:15 am

If Moneke and Ellis are in your NBA core rotation right now, you are either in big trouble, or you are positioning for Wemby.

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October 25, 2022 12:37 pm
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If we get Wemby, I will start a change.org petition to rename G1C

WEMBY STADIUM

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October 25, 2022 1:18 pm
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Moneke might help now actually. Look at all the lazy rotations and the lazy transition D. Moneke is an energizer.

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October 25, 2022 9:33 pm
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Sincere question: why is Keon so far from being an NBA player? In pre-season he was knocking down shots and people were lauding his defense. Seems like exactly the kind of low key player every team needs. I’m not sure what he needs to work on to be a rotation player.

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October 25, 2022 11:27 pm
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He is a rookie. It was never the intention to play a player on a two way contract before any
one else.

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October 26, 2022 11:59 am
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My guess is that an undrafted and underweight rookie prospect is not a core rotation NBA player. And I did not use the phrasing “so far from being.” I said “right now.”

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October 26, 2022 10:31 pm
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I get that it’s unlikely to be an undrafted guy and get minutes (and he was a 2nd round talent that wanted to control his future) but it’s not unheard of. I’m just curious as to why he’s deemed to be so unread.

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October 25, 2022 9:28 am

It will be good to see Chima actually play some more just to see what he has. Does anyone know G League games are viewed this season? Is it still YouTube?

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October 25, 2022 9:49 am

With those space age glasses on, Chima Moneke looks like someone from the future who came back to warn us about something. Maybe this trip to Stockton is part of his plan to save the world.

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October 25, 2022 10:17 am
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The official eyewear of the Sacramento Kings are:
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October 25, 2022 10:28 am

I kind of figured something like this would happen as he is last on the depth chart, but that also makes me question the signing. Are the Kings hoping to develop him or something? I mean, he’s soon to be 27 so I’d figure he is what he is by this point.

I know we are talking about the 15th man on the team, but shouldn’t a move like this be for a young prospect you have hopes of polishing into a role player? If Moneke, at 27, is unable to crack the rotation, why keep him on the roster?

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October 25, 2022 10:33 am
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And now he’s being recalled, apparently.

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October 25, 2022 4:33 pm
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I have a question for you. What is your take on Keon Ellis? At 6′ 6′ can play defense and shoot the three can he play some minutes to see what we have?

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October 25, 2022 10:33 am

LOL, what is going on?

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October 25, 2022 10:45 am
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Moneke: I’d like to play more.
Kings: We’ll send you to Stockton.



Moneke: I’d like to come back, please

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October 25, 2022 11:01 am
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Obligatory trip to Stockton gif.

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October 25, 2022 11:03 am
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I mean, nobody WANTS to go to Stockton.

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October 25, 2022 12:39 pm
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wasn’t there a serial killer there very recently?

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October 25, 2022 2:05 pm
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Even the people who live in Stockton don’t want to be there.

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October 25, 2022 6:37 pm
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As someone who (unfortunately) grew up there, these comments check out.

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October 25, 2022 11:06 am
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October 25, 2022 11:37 am
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“Oh, you want to play more? Here’s the door to Stockton.”
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October 25, 2022 10:56 am
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Anjali meddling already. Like father, like daughter.

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October 25, 2022 11:13 am
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“No daddy, I said send me ‘money’ not Moneke.”

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October 25, 2022 11:39 am
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October 25, 2022 11:41 am
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^^^^^^ Winner!

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October 25, 2022 11:51 am
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October 25, 2022 12:40 pm
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Cash Considerations

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October 25, 2022 11:08 am
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Where’s the Breaking News-banner?

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October 25, 2022 12:19 pm
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maybe he’ll get some minutes off the bench.

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October 25, 2022 12:11 pm

Totally off topic…..just felt a 5.1 earthquake here in the Bay Area. Apparently 12 miles from San Jose. I didn’t even realize it was happening until my co-worker asked “do you feel that?”, lol.

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October 25, 2022 2:04 pm
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M 5.1 – 14km E of Seven Trees, CA

  • 2022-10-25 18:42:02 (UTC)37.311°N 121.677°W6.9 km depth
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October 25, 2022 12:45 pm

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October 25, 2022 2:13 pm

This is hilarious.

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October 25, 2022 2:29 pm
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Wait. WTF? Lmao

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October 25, 2022 2:32 pm

I hope they’ve at least given Moneke a fat per diem to cover his gas expenses.

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October 25, 2022 3:08 pm
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They practice at the Arco II practice facility, not Stockton. Learned that today listening to TKB podcast. Other than games, they spend their time in Sac basically.

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October 25, 2022 3:23 pm
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Must be the next episode of The Run.

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October 25, 2022 3:34 pm
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Moneke’s Big Adventure.
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October 25, 2022 2:48 pm

Where’s Chima?

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October 25, 2022 3:19 pm
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Stuck in Lodi again?

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October 25, 2022 3:23 pm
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If you lend Creedence to that sort of thing.

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October 25, 2022 7:41 pm
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…oh lord

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October 25, 2022 3:40 pm

Idle question: Is Bobby Jackson the best option for training up players to run in Mike Brown’s system?

I honestly don’t know. Maybe another question can clarify things: Could Bobby Jackson get a head coaching job on another franchise’s D-League team?

Like it or not, anyone who got their job under the VD administration is highly suspect.

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October 25, 2022 7:20 pm
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It’s pretty friggin sad that fans actually think the big league team needs the G league players to move up.

As a Sixers fan I couldn’t name a single Blue Coats player, thank god.

Man the bar is lowwwwww.

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October 25, 2022 11:32 pm
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The ultimate KanGZ fan fantasy is a player on a two way contract representing the team as an all star.

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October 26, 2022 9:25 am
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It’s pretty friggin sad that you in no way addressed my question.

And again, why do you think NBA teams pay for D-League teams? Because they want to give the people of Stockton and Rapid City a moderately fun activity thirty-five times a year?

The generosity and philanthropy of franchise owners towards backwater hellscape towns knows no bounds,

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October 26, 2022 11:25 am
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I find it fairly amusing that not a single person has once commented that the whole point of this was to allow Moneke to practice with both Stockton and Sscramento in the same day. And it’s not like he drove 200 miles yesterday either. He originally knew in advance he’d go from whether he’s staying at the moment, to G1C, the Arco II practice facility, then back home.

But I guess that isn’t as funny as Pee Wee pictures or mental images of Chima on a 60 mile yo yo between Sac and Stockton so he could practice twice in a day.

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October 27, 2022 8:19 am
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And apparently this isn’t uncommon amongst fans. James Ham talked about this on 1320 with DLo and KC. Talking mainly that the fans have a large misconception to where the Stockton Kings operation is actually run vs the assumption that it was run in Stockton.

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You are so much better than the average human.

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