For the second preseason game, the Kings had a different starting lineup.
Aaron Brooks and Tyreke Evans started at guard. Jason Thompson and Travis Outlaw were the forwards, and DeMarcus Cousins started at center Monday night against the Portland Trail Blazers at Sleep Train Arena.
Brooks and Outlaw were the new starters. Brooks replaced Isaiah Thomas at point guard, while Outlaw was the small forward in place of Evans.
Marcus Thornton started last Wednesday at shooting guard, where Evans started Monday.
Kings coach Keith Smart said this is just another lineup he wants to try in a game situation and have film on.
"I've done things in practice with different lineups," Smart said. "I'm just trying to get a feel for how guys are functioning together."
Outlaw did not play in last week's preseason opener against Phoenix. Brooks played seven minutes against the Suns.
Roster moves The Kings made their first roster move of training camp, waiving center Cyril Awere. The 6-foot-11, 268-pounder from Nigeria did not play last week.
The Kings have 17 players, two above the regular-season maximum.
"We're still going to use training camp and go as long as I can," Smart said. "We've got some guys who are still at the tail end trying to make our team also."
The Kings have 14 guaranteed contracts. That leaves Tony Mitchell, Hamady N'Diaye and Willie Reed looking to earn a roster spot.
"One of these guys we still have here may surprise us and jump into our thinking a little bit stronger than the impression they've made already," Smart said.
The Kings could also go with 14 players and leave the final spot open for a move later.
Self examination Smart likes having roster flexibility that would allow him to start different lineups depending on the opponent. He said the lineups he has used in the first two preseason games aren't an example of matching up.
"It's still us right now," Smart said. "I think we won't start looking at that until the last two and a half games for the most part. But it's still about us right now."
Seeing time Francisco Garcia was the other veteran who did not play against Phoenix. Garcia checked in during the second quarter Monday and made back-to-back three pointers.