In a sentence I did not expect to be writing in 2023, the Sacramento Kings have signed Skal Labissiere to a partially guaranteed contract. This report comes from The Athletic’s Shams Charania, who also specifies that this is a one-year deal.
Skal Labissiere has agreed to a partially guaranteed one-year deal with the Sacramento Kings, his agent Daniel Hazan of Hazan Sports Management told @TheAthletic @Stadium. Labissiere returns to franchise that selected him in first round in 2016 and where he played for 3 years.
— Shams Charania (@ShamsCharania) August 21, 2023
This is most likely a training camp deal, possibly even an Exhibit 10 contract, which would allow a path for Skal to join the Stockton Kings if he doesn’t make Sacramento’s roster.
The Kings have already signed both Nerlens Noel and Neemias Queta to minimally guaranteed deals, creating a series of camp battles to determine who makes the final roster. These are low cost deals, and as weird as it is to have Skal back, there’s no real harm to it.
As our friend Jill Adge reminds us, the Kings have a total of 21 roster spots for training camp, with spots still open.
Kings are currently at 18 spots of their 21 available for camp
— Jillian Adge (@JillAdge) August 21, 2023
We presume one of the 3 remaining spots will go to Jordan Ford, leaving two more spots to be filled before camp opens.
As for Skal, it would be an incredible turn of events if he made Sacramento’s opening day roster. He’s now 27 years old, and hasn’t played in the NBA since the 2019-20 season. In the meantime Skal has played in the G-League, followed by stints in Mexico and Puerto Rico.
If you had told me the Kings would sign a former Kings player to a training camp deal for a shot to get back to the NBA, I would’ve lost a lot of money betting it was Harry Giles or Tyreke Evans before I ever would have thought about Skal, but I’m still happy Skal is getting this shot. He always seemed like a good kid stuck in a bad situation, the victim of a bad front office who drafted him higher than he should have gone, and expecting Skal to live up to the expectations. There’s nothing better in sports than a story of a good person getting another chance. I’ll be rooting for Skal to make the most of this.