The Kings signed first-round draft pick Thomas Robinson to a contract Monday, basketball president Geoff Petrie announced in a release.
Terms of the contract were not disclosed.
Per the NBA's rookie pay scale, rookies can sign for 80 to 120 percent of a set first-year salary.
For the No. 5 pick, that amount for the 2012-13 season is $2,812,200, with $2,938,700 the following season. Teams hold options for the third and fourth seasons.
Robinson, a 6-foot-9, 244-pound power forward, averaged 17.7 points and 11.9 rebounds as a junior at Kansas last season. He was named the Big 12 Conference Player of the Year and a first-team All-American, leading the Jayhawks to the NCAA championship game, and he topped the nation with 27 double doubles.
Robinson is participating in the Kings' minicamp this week before the NBA summer league begins Friday in Las Vegas. The Kings play their first game at 7 p.m. Friday against the Charlotte Bobcats.
Robinson said he plans to use the compact summer schedule "just to try to get comfortable on this level and just to show that I'm more of an all-around player than what I showed in college.
"I think that now that I have more spacing in the league that I'll be able to show more of my game. There's a lot more that I haven't shown yet."
Robinson said even though he's a rookie, he has no problem being vocal on the court.
"I know I'm young, but I've still got a mouth," Robinson said. "So I can use it."
Summer league head coach Bobby Jackson said that after one day of practice, he was impressed with Robinson's jump shot and willingness to drive and create shots for teammates.
The Kings signed Robinson a day after reaching an agreement with restricted free-agent power forward Jason Thompson, who can sign his contract once the moratorium lifts at 9:01 p.m. PDT today.
Robinson figures to contribute immediately with Thompson and center DeMarcus Cousins in the Kings' frontcourt.