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Sacramento Kings to sign Damian Jones for the remainder of the season

Chris Silva will be waived at the same time.

The Sacramento Kings will sign Damian Jones for the remainder of the season, according to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski.

Woj also notes that the Kings will waive Chris Silva.

Jones has averaged 3.8 points and 3.7 rebounds in 15 minutes per game with the Kings. Jones was nearing the end of his second 10-day contract, and teams can only sign a player to two 10-day contracts in the same season. Jones has provided solid depth for the Kings during his time here and it makes sense the Kings would want to keep him.

Waiving Silva is an interesting move. Silva has played minimally since the Kings acquired him at the deadline, and his role is being taken by Jones, but the Kings didn’t need to waive Silva to keep Jones. The Kings could be looking to use Silva’s roster spot to sign another player to a 10-day deal.

Silva was under contract next season for $1.78 million, but it was on a team option, so this move has no negative impact on the team’s cap situation this summer.

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RobHessing
April 27, 2021 1:10 pm

The road to the play-in begins today!!!

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April 27, 2021 1:19 pm
Reply to  RobHessing

“Gotta make that play-in to stay employed.”
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andy_sims
April 27, 2021 1:13 pm

I like what Jones has brought in his short time here. He’s raw, but he seems to have pretty good instincts on defense, and shooting form that doesn’t seem to broken in the way that so many bigs do. Give him thirty minutes a night, and figure out what to do with him in the offseason.

Want-to-be-gm
April 27, 2021 5:53 pm
Reply to  andy_sims

I have absolutely no idea what you are seeing. There is at least 80 post players better than him and probably closer to 90-100 that are better with another 5-10 coming in the draft. Bottom dwellers like OKC have 4 post players of their own far better than him. His instincts and basketball acumen are far below NBA standards. The best thing he can do is to take all his money he is earning right now and put it into a S&P 500 index fund so he has a small nest egg when he goes out and gets a real job in 2 years. Anybody thinking this guy has any future utility for the Kings, Ive got 5 words from Styx for you. Welcome to the Grand Illusion. Are u kidding me.

Want-to-be-gm
April 27, 2021 10:28 pm
Reply to  Greg

I don’t look at those meaningless stats for a guy with very limited minutes that are mostly garbage time against the bottom of other teams rosters. I watch movement, reaction, instincts, physical tools, vision, etc. Things I have a little experience at. Believe me, there’s nothing there to suggest he can be a bonified NBA player. Don’t take my word, take the word of the teams he played for and the myriad of teams who have no interest in him. I’m surprised at you making a case with those numbers which are weak and meaningless. Of course I think you’re not objective to a couple of us on this site, perhaps for you know why.

BeTheBall
April 27, 2021 10:31 pm
Reply to  Want-to-be-gm

numbers which are weak and meaningless. 

You’ve just described ever stat posted by a King over the last 15 years.

Want-to-be-gm
April 27, 2021 10:32 pm
Reply to  BeTheBall

lol That’s not a bad response.

WizsSox
April 27, 2021 11:27 pm
Reply to  Want-to-be-gm

Complaining about someone else not being objective while in the same breath starting sentences with “Believe me…” and claiming “things I have experience at” without actually citing the experience is….something

Want-to-be-gm
April 27, 2021 11:43 pm
Reply to  WizsSox

I’ve cited my experience but you didn’t like that either. It really does help if you played and coached the game. Doesn’t make you fail safe but it helps. I constantly go to basketball clinics, teach some, and constantly study the game to grow my knowledge. I’ve shared my experiences with Nancy Lieberman and Lindsay Gottlieb which is why I support them as coaching candidates. Aaron Gordon played AAU basketball for a summer season for me. Jalen Green works out at our gym, I’ve got two ex players playing Division 1 basketball right now and much more I can cite as you put it.

You talk a lot but I noticed you never cite any experience. That’s likely because you’ve never dribbled a ball. Frankly I think you’re just jealous. Check the record on who has said what then put out your crap.

MillersCornrows
April 28, 2021 1:45 am
Reply to  Want-to-be-gm

Nancy Lieberman and Lindsay Gottlieb are good coaching candidates because you shared your experiences with them? GTF outta here with that nonsense …lol. That is the silliest thing I’ve heard in a while. Maybe you should be the next coach of the Kings? Lol…

April 28, 2021 4:52 am
Reply to  Want-to-be-gm

Huh. For someone who has so much professional experience, you sure have an abrasive personality that certainly wouldn’t be optimal for disposing your pearls of wisdom to young players.
Or maybe you’re just a teenager pretending to be someone who he’s not.

April 28, 2021 4:53 am
Reply to  blknblu

*dispensing” dammit

kings4ever
April 28, 2021 8:39 am
Reply to  Want-to-be-gm

Walton can cite his experience and relatively impressive resume that makes you look like a lightweight as a coach but that does not make Walton a good coach anymore than it makes you a good evaluator of talent of the Kings or NBA.

Oh boy, you shared your experience with Nancy Lieberman! In other words you had a conversation with her. This comes off as someone insecure in their knowing and analytical prowess rather than secure.

But the main point is Jones runs well, has good agility for a man of his size, selectively shoots the ball at 70% accuracy, sets good picks, and clogs the middle, with enough lateral mobility to hold his own on the perimiter.

It is so important that a center can provide resistance in the paint and not get torched on picked on in pick n roll so he becomes a liability on the floor and Jones has showed instances of this, a legitimate backup center that we need and lack.

This is clear as day to anyone who has watched the NBA for any length of time – I have watched over 30 years — and whether they have personally dribbled a ball never or one million times. I dont know how good Jones can be or if he can be a rotational player for us, but he shows promise worth exploring.

Same goes for Davis, same goes for Metu, and same went for Kyle Guy, whose potential was squandered and skill neglected by an incompetent coach.

Otis
April 28, 2021 10:00 am
Reply to  kings4ever

Walton can cite his experience and relatively impressive resume that makes you look like a lightweight as a coach but that does not make Walton a good coach anymore than it makes you a good evaluator of talent of the Kings or NBA.

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GFunkClassic
April 28, 2021 3:03 pm
Reply to  kings4ever

I was with you all the way until you brought in Kyle Guy, and his potential and skill squandered. It made me LOL. The Guy will always be a fringe NBA player.

Want-to-be-gm
April 28, 2021 8:59 am
Reply to  Greg

Oh no, everyone will get it wrong sometimes but only a fool whose never done it believes he knows more than the person who has. What you practice is echo journalism which is why you constantly wet the readers with the same hot topics of criticism like, Bagley, Walton, Kayte Hunter, etc. Thank you for confirming you’ve never done it but of course you could tell that already. We will see what Jones becomes. Let me first make it clear I’m only analyzing him as a basketball player. Seems like a nice guy and was gifted enough to get into Vanderbilt. As an NBA player however, I will predict he never makes an impact.

On another note, I attend my sons division 2 basketball games, not a heavy audience even pre pandemic, there’s always a couple of goofs in the stands, yelling and whining about his coach similar to some on this site, it’s usually the ones who have never picked up a basketball are the loudest. Then you have the local journalist playing to those idiots in the stands.

Otis
April 28, 2021 9:32 am
Reply to  Want-to-be-gm

One question for you. Has there ever been an NBA coach that wasn’t good at his job?

And get the eff outta here with your “never picked up a basketball” mantra. It’s some tired nonsense. Pretty much everyone’s picked up a basketball, most of us just haven’t dry-humped it and claimed it made us smarter than everyone else.

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Otis
April 28, 2021 9:42 am
Reply to  Otis

Edited out the profanity. “Sorry children”!

andy_sims
April 28, 2021 2:28 pm
Reply to  Otis

Damn Dang, I missed it.

Fucking hell.

Want-to-be-gm
April 28, 2021 10:39 am
Reply to  Otis

Am I the one who thinks he knows more than the NBA coach? Am I the one who thinks he knows more than the former WNBA player and very talented Kayte Hunter? I think you got this know it all stuff ass backwards.

Otis
April 28, 2021 10:54 am
Reply to  Want-to-be-gm

I’ll keep that in mind the next time I see even mild criticism of an in-game or bigger picture issue under your handle.

And I am generally loath to say that I’m smarter than Walton or Kayte or any poster here, but I have no problem expressing when I disagree. This is a terrible team, and it’s been a terrible franchise for well over a decade now, so I’m not going to pretend the people in charge have been doing a fine job. I’m also aware that there have been plenty of coaches, GMs, analysts and former-players-turned-analysts who have been/are currently terrible at what they do.

Your whole persona is an appeal to authority, only it’s selective. Because I know you’ve expressed disagreement with individual decisions made by both the coach and ownership/front office. You only seem to take issue with anyone other than yourself (and your “sockpuppet”) doing so.

Obviously, I’m not the best messenger for site decorum – but IMO, every discussion here wouldn’t devolve into meta if you didn’t add a bit of dick measuring to each post.

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Want-to-be-gm
April 28, 2021 11:21 am
Reply to  Otis

Not sure this will get through but you should know comments are being edited and discarded from the site. I’m sure none of yours.

Otis
April 28, 2021 11:23 am
Reply to  Want-to-be-gm

Ah, so you’re going with the “I know basketball” argument with a side of “the site administrators are biased against me”.

How very original.

Kayte_Hunter_Fan_club
April 28, 2021 9:02 pm
Reply to  Greg

I also got at least two of my comments removed so you’re not telling the truth. Why don’t you put them out and let the readers decide if they should be removed. Has anyone else had any comments removed. I see comments far more harsh than mine so yes the site administrator is bias. I think I might be the only woman on this site hmmm

knox
April 28, 2021 2:57 pm
Reply to  Otis

I’m mostly convinced that kayte hunter fan club is his burner account

WizsSox
April 28, 2021 10:57 am
Reply to  Otis

Literal LOL 😆

kings4ever
April 28, 2021 8:06 am
Reply to  Want-to-be-gm

Stop beclowning yourself with your own comments.

How can you say “there’s nothing to suggest he can be a bonified player” when he forced Towns into a miss that won us that the game?

Isn’t that something?

Just like Whiteside can have an impact with his mere presence, so can Jones with his legitimate imposing size.

Hes a twitchy fairly well-coordiinate athlete too, so if you say you watch “movement, reaction…” etc maybe you need to watch a little closer!

KangzofLeon
April 28, 2021 11:06 am
Reply to  kings4ever

rec’d simply for using the word “beclowned.” Everyone gets beclowned here in Sacramento

andy_sims
April 28, 2021 11:35 am
Reply to  kings4ever

I think his entire point of view is bonified.

Non Cogito, ergo sum rectum

Hamlet1989
April 27, 2021 9:29 pm
Reply to  Want-to-be-gm

Good thing your not GM

Want-to-be-gm
April 27, 2021 10:31 pm
Reply to  Hamlet1989

I will guarantee you I have more basketball knowledge in my baby toe nail than you.

WizsSox
April 27, 2021 11:18 pm
Reply to  Want-to-be-gm

That’s strangely specific…is the Door to Narnia in your big toe nail?

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Want-to-be-gm
April 27, 2021 11:47 pm
Reply to  WizsSox

Tell us a little about your playing and coaching experience and how those experiences shape your thoughts and opinions. Probably not much to share which is why you comment like this.

WizsSox
April 28, 2021 6:45 am
Reply to  Want-to-be-gm

Your responses are immensely entertaining : )

I’m a lowly high school basketball player. Which I’m sure puts me around the same level of experience and wisdom as around 90% on this board…which is somewhere between I think I know a tiny bit and I don’t know jack shit. This board would dry up pretty fast if only left to the “professionals”.

That doesn’t innately mean that you know anything more either. You know who had lots of experience as players and were basketball lifers. Vlade and Isiah Thomas…two of the worst GMs in recent memory. Numerous good GM’s do not have some great basketball pedigree background. Lots of good/poor examples from both sides.

The reason your arguments sound ridiculous is not your points necessarily, but your defense if anyone questions your points is that I coached/I played argument, therefore you know more. As Blessed Edward says, let your arguments/opinions speak for themselves…going to the “I coach” defense is lazy and doesn’t help to inform the rest of the board if you have real substance to share.

I hope you apply when Monte gets canned in 3 years and the playoff streak is at 18…Kings need to get this thing turned around ; )

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BlessedEdward
April 28, 2021 12:44 am
Reply to  Want-to-be-gm

Instead of beating you chest and telling us how smart you are why not just state your opinions and the reasons for them and let them speak for themselves…instead of droning on over and over about how much smarter you are….I find that the truly smart people actually get hired do the jobs they say they would be great at…and the really great ones are also very humble about their abilities.

Marty
April 28, 2021 7:53 am
Reply to  BlessedEdward

Instead of beating you chest and telling us how smart you are why not just state your opinions 

Because he’s “lost in a world of being right” and is probably the only one here who doesn’t know that.

andy_sims
April 28, 2021 2:30 pm
Reply to  Marty

Wrong again!

MillersCornrows
April 28, 2021 1:47 am
Reply to  Want-to-be-gm

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ArsLegendi
April 28, 2021 10:35 am
Reply to  Want-to-be-gm

Hahahahaha

CoreyBrewersD
April 27, 2021 9:45 pm
Reply to  Want-to-be-gm

For the first time I agree, dude sucks. Give the minutes to Metu or whomever. Isn’t Bags injury free for the moment. Small ball 5 see what happens. At the least it will be somewhat entertaining.

kings4ever
April 28, 2021 8:00 am
Reply to  Want-to-be-gm

Jones didn’t have any problem staying in front of Luka and forced Towns into a miss that won the game. You have no clue what you are talking about.

Jones is springy with decent hands and discernment who rim runs and plays within his limitation.

Unlike Metu and Marvin who are natural PFs, Jones is a legitimate center who match size with guys like Towns and Adams and Ayton.

GSW let him go because of their cap crunch, LAL and PHX were set at center, more or less, and it takes until about age 24-25 for centers to show who they can be. We are adding him at the right now.

McGenius strikes again!

This GM deftly patched together a promising bench with no assets surrendered that allowed us to beat a decent Mavs team and should have beat the Warriors if not for butterfingers without our Superstar.

Our promising bench of Metu, Jones, Davis and Wright is getting after it and coming together nicely, right under the collective noses of the Doomers and they don’t see it!

We are sitting pretty with this GM in charge and whether we keep Buddy or not as a super leaned out sub. The coach and Marvin are on their way out, and we are a few moves away, very few — draft Kai Jones or Jalen Johnson ; dump Marvin — from being a very good team!

Davis – star potential, Bobby Jackon type, great defender
Wright – sneaky good
Metu – better than Marvin , also shows perimter defense ability
Jones – beast mode abilities

We committed big money to Fox, Barnes and probably Holmes. You have to be able to find these relatively low cost contributors and that is what is happening.

The Doomers don’t see it, including those on that depressing podcast, too busy dooming and living in the past and stuck in conventional thinking.

You cannot have it both ways, you cannot say:

(1) This fringe player is no one to get excited about, he’s replacement level
(2) The Kings do not have a developmental system

You cannot dismiss promising players then say the promising players that we do acquire never pan out. That is what the Doomers do, contradicting themselves without realizing it:

“Kyle Guy was never a player”
“If you are excited about Jefferies, that says alot about your team”
“Jones is a dime a dozen”
“Davis is a throw-in, undrafted, flyer”

All you are doing is perpetuating a mindset that has led to awful performance over two decades. Good teams recognize the diamond in the rough, and invest time to see them blossom, that is more important than getting high draft picks and some silly tanking agenda or blow-it-up agenda when your talent evaluator is clueless.

Maybe Jones does not work out but he clearly is a step up from what was on the end of the bench , just like Metu was a find when he beat out Frank Kaminsky in training camp, just as I said he should and would.

Of course you are going to hit and miss with these fringe level moves, but McGenius is hitting more than missing so far. Jones is the latest example.

andy_sims
April 28, 2021 12:00 pm
Reply to  kings4ever

The podcast was substantially miserable in tone. Admittedly, any Kings fan has legit cause to feel that way, but the certainty with which the panel dismissed McNair’s first several months as a failure didn’t strike me as detached analysis so much as a verbose tantrum. I really hope that Richard is okay.

I’m as much as a “glass-half-empty” type as has ever been born, but I’m not prepared to evaluate performance when there are still a lot of factors in the wind. I am aware that there will always be decisions that cannot be evaluated until well-after the fact, and at some point, an evaluation must happen. I’d call it premature for now.

The common theme seemed to be that the Bogdanovic situation resolved incorrectly, and much of the analysis was built on that as a foundation. I don’t think that having over $40 million per year for the next few seasons tied up in the shooting guard position without having an all-star there made sense, particularly with a limiting cap situation in play. Haliburton has turned out to be a superior all-around player at SG, and that’s as a rookie. A deal with Milwaukee was all but done, and if not for Bobo’s agent (and therefore the player he represents) scuttling the deal, decent return would have happened. It’s not as if McNair just sat around and watched the clock run out.

GFunkClassic
April 28, 2021 4:01 pm
Reply to  kings4ever

Not very many people have a problem staying in front of Luka to be honest. He’s not really quick or fast. What he does a masterful job of is using his pivot to create space, once he’s picked up the dribble. But he’s often well guarded and will make a tough shot.

GFunkClassic
April 28, 2021 3:55 pm
Reply to  Want-to-be-gm

I’ve been tuned out recently, but I watched the last game and Jones played well…even though he missed two poster dunks. I liked the tenacity, the physicality . I liked his movement: He seemed active and engaged. It is only one game I’ve seen but, I like the pickup. It isn’t like he’s being brought in here as a cornerstone piece or anything so I don’t get the overly negative take on him. I don’t think he should be getting 30 minutes a game like the OP says. I agree with you that there are some things that people just can’t understand about the game unless they’ve played…at least High School Ball. I myself have railed against some of the takes on here that just scream ” I’ve never played basketball”.

andy_sims
April 28, 2021 11:29 am
Reply to  andy_sims

I love that my largely innocuous comment has devolved into a cesspool for no particular reason.

Jman1949
April 27, 2021 1:37 pm

I’m fine with keeping Jones for the rest of the season so long as Monte stipulates to Luke that he cannot play a no-center lineup with Barnes and Harkless as his only “bigs”.

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April 27, 2021 3:20 pm

They must really have not liked Silva, because they owned his rights for next year on a cheap TO. At the very least he could have been trade filler to a team this summer who would have valued his unguaranteed deal. Interesting.

kings4ever
April 28, 2021 8:08 am
Reply to  Adamsite

The problem with Silva is that Metu is better than him, just like Metu was better than Kaminsky that led to him getting waived too.

TheBaker
April 27, 2021 5:36 pm

Signing Jones for the year… just go ahead and raise that championship banner now!

so many former Warriors…. Patrick McCaw next.

BeTheBall
April 27, 2021 9:11 pm
Reply to  TheBaker

The org keeps talking about learning to win and building a winning culture. Meanwhile, McCaw has been in the league for 5 seasons and has 3 rings. So he’s got that going for him, which is nice.

02kingsfan
April 27, 2021 6:55 pm

So whiteside doesn’t have upside and we are keeping him over Silva? This is the dequan Jeffries repeat. Sure these players won’t do much but why not trying them out a little longer?

BeTheBall
April 27, 2021 9:09 pm
Reply to  02kingsfan

To be fair, Whiteside and Silva have the same (non) upside. You’re also forgetting that Jeffries is struggling to get consistent time on the worst team in the NBA.

andy_sims
April 28, 2021 2:38 pm
Reply to  BeTheBall

That said, most players in the league for a decade don’t have a lot of upside left. Whiteside had a number of years where he was pretty dominant in the middle. Grabbing him at the minimum when you’re thin in the post was only a stopgap measure.

I’m hoping that Jones will be the guy getting most of the minutes as the season winds down. I was holding on that we’d have a shot at Mobley in the draft, but those are long odds. I’d really love to get a PF or C that could eventually be a starter down low.

AnybodyButBagley
April 27, 2021 8:18 pm

Hopefully Bagley is going to sit on the bench and watch guys do 10 day try outs for his job.

CoreyBrewersD
April 27, 2021 9:49 pm

This is possibly the best reason to keep Jones. Let Bagley see what happens to talented players who don’t learn a role. Doubt it helps Sacramento, but it might be good for Bags.

WizsSox
April 27, 2021 11:13 pm

It says the contract is for 21-22 too….I’m assuming it’s a team option on a min type deal. Any other details anywhere?

kings4ever
April 28, 2021 8:53 am

Off topic but this is the type of guy we should look at closely: Jalen Johnson.

Major baller, has all the skills! We need a wing who can dribbe and handle. And his game will mesh with Ty and Fox.

I hope McGenius is “kicking the tires” really closely on this one.

NBA Draft dot net has him going #22, we can easily get him wherever we pick.

He “opted out” of his season at Duke, only playing 13 games, if he is another prima donna forward like he who shall go nameless, last name rhymes with Badly, then hard pass, but if there are extentuating circumstances we could get a Top 5 pick like we did with Haliburton towards the bottom of the lottery.

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