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Kings to sign Damian Jones to 10-day contract, per report

The Kings add big man depth in the wake of waiving DaQuan Jeffries.

The Sacramento Kings are signing Damian Jones to a 10-day contract, according to a report from The Athletic’s Jason Jones.

We heard last night in the wake of the Kings waiving DaQuan Jeffries that the Kings would use the roster spot to sign someone else.

Signing Jones makes sense for the Kings. At 6’11”, 245 lbs, Jones provides the Kings with a big man who can play rotation minutes. Jones most recently played for the Los Angeles Lakers where he averaged 5.4 points, 3.3 rebounds, and 0.9 blocks in 14 minutes per game.

The Kings have been thin in the front court with both Marvin Bagley and Hassan Whiteside missing games with injuries.

While signing Jones makes sense, it’s still confusing why the Kings chose to waive Jeffries instead of other possible candidates. It’s possible Jeffries asked out since he had fallen out of the rotation.

The Kings have yet to officially announce the signing, and it probably won’t be made official until sometime after tonight’s game against the Bucks.

Update: This story was originally published citing the Bee’ Jason Anderson but it appears Jason Jones was the first to report and the story has been updated accordingly.  

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April 3, 2021 5:09 pm

It’s not surprising. Woodard probably passed Jeffries on the depth chart. Save 1.5 million next year. Get a look at another big man.

April 3, 2021 5:19 pm
Reply to  eddie41

You’re right and I would like to see Woodard get a lot more burn.

April 3, 2021 8:07 pm
Reply to  eddie41

they didn’t save any money next year by waiving him now.

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April 3, 2021 5:23 pm

So what does Jones do well, other than being tall?

April 3, 2021 5:49 pm
Reply to  Adamsite

You mean what did he do to deserve this.

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April 3, 2021 5:55 pm
Reply to  kgdobter

No, I mean what skill does he bring the Kings other than being a big body. Chris Silva was supposed to be the asset gained from the Nemanja deal and they were hoping get a look at him, so why get a guy that will take his minutes?

April 3, 2021 6:47 pm
Reply to  Adamsite

I was just kidding, but you’re right, there are some other guys that deserve a look before him.

April 5, 2021 12:13 pm
Reply to  Adamsite

Chris Silva is 6’8″ and Jones is 6’11”. It’s apples and oranges, they don’t even play the same position.

April 3, 2021 9:50 pm
Reply to  Adamsite

does not do any one thing well. That’s why he has bounced around so much.

April 3, 2021 6:35 pm

Dameeeeee Dollaaaaaaa

April 3, 2021 6:53 pm

The last two weeks for this front office haven’t looked good. Keep an eye on Detroit and Orlando. By the middle of next year they might have a better roster than us. Remember not too long ago how bad of shape the Charlotte organization was in. We are now looking up at them.

April 3, 2021 7:53 pm

I had a knee-jerk “sky is falling” reaction to the trade deadline b/c I was expecting a big move, but slept on it and realized I had overreacted. A full-blown tank would put the Kings in the cellar a couple more seasons, guaranteed. By the time they (hopefully) hit the upswing, Fox’s contract would be running out and he could be pissed at the org for putting him in purgatory for the first several years of his prime. There are plenty of teams that manage to build and sustain competitive rosters for years without hard tanking and using top-3 picks. In short, I’m not buying that the last 2 weeks “haven’t looked good” for the Kings FO (aside from trading for the domestically violent Terence Davis, a morally bankrupt move that deserves its own column here on TKH). Time will tell.

April 4, 2021 7:56 am
Reply to  AmateurNerd

They got a backup rotation guard next season for $6 million, and not much else that’s definitely good. And at the expense of making it more likely they would lose Holmes. I mean, that’s a positive move, but this team isn’t going to become good with minor tweaks. I think we need to see changes that could result in actual improvement over the offseason, not hope and no change.

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April 4, 2021 10:23 am
Reply to  AmateurNerd

Please spare us a separate column on Terence Davis’ domestic violence issues (or if you prefer “allegations”). Even for those who agree it is a serious issue (all of us?), it will spawn fruitless hair-splitting on how to fairly address an off-court concern.

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April 5, 2021 12:18 pm

It’s an ugly allegation, but still only an allegation. Davis is new here, and I know almost nothing about him, so he’s innocent until proven guilty.

At this point, two thousand words about it would be a tremendous waste of time for the writer, and anyone reading it

April 3, 2021 8:50 pm

Swapping out one scrub for a taller one isn’t exactly a cause for gloom and doom. At least in my book.

April 4, 2021 3:32 pm
Reply to  BeTheBall

Jones is a limited player and he probably won’t get 1 minute of play. At least DQJ played a position of need. We have several big men, they just don’t get a chance to play. This isn’t a big deal, but it was a stupid move none-the-less.

April 4, 2021 10:51 pm
Reply to  NorCalKingsFan

I mean, to be fair Jeffries is also a limited player. As for our bigs, we really only have Holmes and Metu. As of now there’s no time table set for the return of Whiteside or Bagley. So, I’d argue the bigs spot is more of a position of need. Jeffries was also made expendable by the Davis acquisition, as it basically plants him firmly on the bench, and cutting him was cheaper to do than cutting James (though only by like 100K).

April 5, 2021 2:22 pm
Reply to  BeTheBall

Don’t we also have Silva? Seems like a decent time for the 5th C on the team to get a look, instead of bringing in another C for 10 days and dropping a guy who you’ve spent time working with.

My point about this move is that you know Jones is not a part of this’s bench going into next year, I thought DQJ could be. He is limited in scoring, but not in the ways that harm his role as a 3&D (he doesn’t need to dribble, play-make, or shoot anything other than a corner 3). He also can play the 2 or the 3 with size/length/strength. This team needs rebounding and size from the wings since they play so small at the 4/5.

I still think it was a dumb move because in 10 days you have one less defensive wing than you had before.

Don’t get me wrong, I know this move will have no impact on the Kings playoff future. I just like talking about the end of bench guys quite a bit as I think you can really improve your team by finding talent and developing it in limited minutes and practice.

April 3, 2021 9:38 pm

I’d like to see Omer Yurtseven brought in after Jones. If they try out every available player that’s around 7′ tall, one may just work out.

April 3, 2021 10:51 pm
Reply to  SuperShaka

I prefer they work out Omar Yurteight

April 3, 2021 11:28 pm
Reply to  sonny

Seven … minute … abs

April 3, 2021 9:49 pm

Kings getting killed on boards and physically so bringing in a big guy makes sense. But there were other better guys to cut than DJ.
This reminds me of my fantasy team- some guys get hurt, others under perform so keep searching the waiver wire but that just shows desperation.
Sure looks like purgatory- not bad enough for bottom, not good enough for even a play-in.
Hard to say Woodard has replaced Jeffries on depth chart because Woodard has not played a single meaningful minute and there is hardly any practice time.
Not sure of the differences in next year guarantee for DJ. vs. Justin James and the implications for signing Holmes

April 4, 2021 1:45 pm
Reply to  murraytant

Uh….its not purgatory if you are a superior talent evaluator, and know how to identify talent like DeVincenzo (try and miss), Haliburton, Davis and Delon Wright and avcquire them for next to nothing or far less than expected value.

It is perpetual pergatory if your name is Vlade Divac and you suck at GM-ing.

April 4, 2021 10:54 pm
Reply to  murraytant

Jeffries had a team option, James isn’t guaranteed until 7/15

April 5, 2021 2:54 pm
Reply to  BeTheBall

so JJ could be cut prior to 7/15, save that money and use on Holmes?
when does Free agency start?

April 3, 2021 11:26 pm

LOL, Vlonte McDivac

April 4, 2021 1:40 pm

The guy who got Delon Wright and Terrence Davis (Donovan clone) for free, for Bjelica and Joseph and extra second rounders, and drafted Ty, a brilliant pick, and tried to trade Bogi for DeVincenzo, who went for 12/14/7 against us the same as Vlade?

Please explain to me, I await your insights and edification.

How is McGenius in any way comparable to Vlade “had a better trade yesterday” one in the same?

April 4, 2021 12:56 pm

We are 13-10 in the games Whiteside played more than 10 minutes. In games that Whiteside does NOT play or plays less than 10 minutes, we are 9-17.

If you do not think we could have used Whiteside in the last 3 games, vs the likes of Poetyl, Gasol, Lopez, Bobby Portis, and the wings and guards on Spurs, LAL, and Bucks driving to the cup willy nilly, guess again.

My projection we would be .500 by next week factored in the availability of Whiteside? What happened, that we did not trade him and then shuffled him off to the side?

Was there not a report we were debating whether to keep him or not and keeping him would be with the intent to make a playoff push? Something is not adding up. He’s not injured and this signing further compounds the mystery.

But I think this part of McGenius covert plan to pseudo tank, to get a pick high enough to draft the likes of Franz Wagner and provide the justification to relief the head coach of his duties when our season ends in yet another perrenial thud.

I am not worried though, we got TD (Donovan clone) for free! 🙂

April 5, 2021 2:50 pm

not sure but I think cutting DJ instead of JJ was a cap issue. DJ has a team option for next year ( had a team option) – therefore no money counts against cap unless or until the team exercises the option. Kings may have wanted to not exercise option in order to preserve a sliver of cash for Holmes. On the other hand, I think JJ has a guaranteed contract. If he is cut, the owed money still counts against the cap and there is no sliver to add to the Holmes offer.
I did like DJ more than JJ though.

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