LAS VEGAS - When the Kings open their NBA Summer League schedule today against the Dallas Mavericks, the focus will not be only on draft choices Ben McLemore and Ray McCallum.
With Sacramento taking over the Reno Bighorns of the NBA Development League, the Kings have another avenue to maintain and develop players.
Players not ready for the NBA could be assigned to Reno, where the Kings can monitor their development in the same system used in Sacramento.
"(Reno is) so close, and we can use that as a developmental tool for our guys," said Kings coach Michael Malone. "Use them there, bring them up and have our own dibs on those guys. I think it's going to be great for us as an organization moving forward. And some guys on our team right now could wind up in Reno."
Malone said the Kings didn't simply throw together a summer league roster. Among those selected are players the Kings genuinely are intrigued by and want to monitor.
Malone wants his vision for the Kings to filter down to the Bighorns.
"The guys that we want (in Reno) are the same kind of guys we're going to want in our locker room," Malone said. "High-character guys, hard workers (and players) willing to defend, give multiple efforts and be unselfish. And if they bring those characteristics to the table, then they'll have a chance to play for us or our D-League team."
Everyone advances - The summer league will end with all 22 teams playing in a playoff tournament.
For seeding purposes, teams receive a point for winning a quarter, half a point for a tie and no points for losing a quarter in scheduled games. The top 10 seeded teams after three games will receive a first-round bye.
So does winning the tournament matter?
"To be very honest, we haven't even talked about that," Malone said. "We've been so entrenched in trying to teach everything, trying to get them to understand what our identity is going to be, trying to get so much stuff in offensively and defensively, we haven't even talked about, 'Hey, we can win the whole championship, play eight games.' "
Transactions - Guard Shane Gibson and forwards Chris Evans and Ashley Hamilton were released from the Kings' summer league roster. Twelve players remain.