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Sim Bhullar blocks a shot against Jarred Shaw of the Charlotte Hornets in their NBA Summer League game in Las Vegas on July 13, 2014. The Kings announced Friday that they signed Bhullar to a contract.

The Kings broke new international ground by signing Sim Bhullar, a 7-foot-5 center out of New Mexico State who is the first player of Indian descent to join an NBA team. Is it a move that’s going to help the Kings? Please share your thoughts.

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Eric Moreland of the Sacramento Kings fights for the ball against Josh Davis of the Charlotte Hornets in their NBA Summer League game in Las Vegas on Sunday, July 13, 2014.

The Kings announced they have signed forward Eric Moreland to a three-year contract.

The deal is not fully guaranteed, but it allows the Kings to take a look at Moreland through training camp and if he continues to impress, the Kings can keep him in Sacramento beyond this coming season.

Moreland (6-10, 218) is an undrafted rookie from Oregon State who impressed the Kings with a strong showing in summer league.

Moreland averaged 8.8 rebounds and 2.7 blocks in 19.2 minutes in six games.

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Eric Moreland of the Sacramento Kings fights for the ball against Josh Davis of the Charlotte Hornets in their NBA Summer League game in Las Vegas on Sunday, July 13, 2014.

The Kings are close to finalizing a contract with forward Eric Moreland.

Moreland (6-10, 218), an undrafted rookie from Oregon State, impressed with his defense and rebounding as the Kings won the summer league championship.

In six games Moreland averaged 8.8 rebounds and 2.7 blocks in just 19.2 minutes.

The Kings have been fans of Moreland’s game for a while. He was a part of the first pre-draft workout in June and a player the Kings wanted to monitor after the draft process.

The Kings reached an agreement with third-year forward Quincy Acy and his agent to extend the deadline to guarantee his salary for next season until Aug. 15.

The original deadline was Saturday and without the extension, the Kings were seriously considering declining the option. It’s not that the Kings don’t like Acy, it’s the salary-cap implications the Kings want to avoid in keeping Acy.

The move allows the Kings to explore ways to shed more salary and still retain Acy, who would be due $915,243 next season.

Acy’s salary would put the Kings about $2 million away from being a luxury tax team. The luxury-tax line is $76.829 million this coming season.

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Sacramento Kings' Ray McCallum, center, celebrates after he was named the game MVP for the NBA summer league championship basketball game against the Houston Rockets Monday, July 21, 2014, in Las Vegas.

See what The Bee's Jason Jones had to say during a live chat focusing on the Kings and what their next move might be after a good summer league showing.

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Sacramento Kings' Quincy Acy reacts after a play against the Houston Rockets during the NBA summer league championship basketball game Monday, July 21, 2014, in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/ John Locher)
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Houston Rockets' Robert Covington (33) goes up for a shot against the Sacramento Kings' MarShon Brooks during the NBA summer league championship basketball game Monday, July 21, 2014, in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/ John Locher)

Ray McCallum scored a game-high 29 points as the Kings rallied from down eight in the fourth quarter for a 77-68 win to claim the championship game of the 2014 NBA Summer League.

Ben McLemore struggled shooting most of the game, but scored seven of his nine points in the fourth quarter to help the Kings complete the comeback after the Kings fell behind 58-50 with 7:20 to play.

McCallum had nine points in the fourth and was named championship game Most Valuable Player.

The Kings outscored the Rockets (5-3) 13-3 over the final 2:53.

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Nik Stauskas of the Sacramento Kings drives to the basket against the Charlotte Hornets in their NBA Summer League game in Las Vegas on Sunday, July 13, 2014.

The Kings won their fifth game in a row to advance to the summer league championship game with a 74-62 win over the Washington Wizards Sunday at Thomas & Mack Center.

The Kings (5-1) will play Houston (5-2), which advanced by beating Charlotte, for the summer league title Monday at 6 p.m.

The Kings led by as many as 26 in the first half and held off a late rally that saw the Wizards pull within seven in the fourth quarter.

The Kings built their big lead thanks to the bench, led by MarShon Brooks (14 points), Jared Cunningham (10 points) and Eric Moreland (12 rebounds).

Five Kings scored in double figures as Sacramento beat the Chicago Bulls, 80-61, Saturday at Thomas & Mack Center.

It was the fourth consecutive win for Sacramento (4-1), which plays the winner between Washington and San Antonio in the summer league semifinals Sunday at 5 p.m.

Ben McLemore and MarShon Brooks led the Kings with 11 points apiece. Quincy Acy, Jared Cunningham and Brendan Lane each had 10 points.

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Ben McLemore‘s shooting has improved this summer (46.4 percent), but he has 16 turnovers in three games.

Ben McLemore wanted to show how much he’d worked on his game, he tried to do too much and it looked as if was regressing when the Kings began summer league.

“I was so anxious to go out there and play and moving too fast,” McLemore said of his first two games. “Not playing the game the way I was play the second half of the season in Sac.”

That’s changed over the last two games with McLemore playing better.

The Kings beat the Minnesota Timberwolves, 100-86, Thursday at Cox Pavilion to advance to the summer league quarterfinals.

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Former Atlanta Hawks forward Josh Smith (5) looks up late in the second half of an NBA basketball game against the Miami Heat, Wednesday, Feb. 20, 2013, in Atlanta.

As first reported by ESPN, the Kings are again having discussions about a deal that would bring forward Josh Smith to Sacramento from Detroit.

The reaction to the talks from various league sources ranges from intrigue to outright confusion as to why the Kings would take on Smith and the remaining $40.5 million on on his contract for the next three years.

Smith (6-9, 225) averaged 16.4 points (41.9 percent shooting), 6.8 rebounds and 1.43 blocks last season, his first with Detroit.

Smith is the kind athletic power forward the Kings are looking for, but it’s if Smith is the player they should make a move to land. It certainly would be a headline-grabbing move, which the Kings would like as they rebrand themselves.

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Kings guard Jason Terry, playing for Brooklyn in November, talks to official Joe Crawford about a foul during a game at Sleep Train Arena. It will be Terry’s only appearance in uniform in Sacramento this season. He’ll rehab in Dallas and not join the Kings after Wednesday’s trade.

Remember Sacramento Kings guard Jason Terry?

You probably don’t. He came to the Kings last season along with Reggie Evans in a trade for Marcus Thornton.

Terry never played for the Kings. He reported to the Kings, but headed back home to Dallas to rehab his knee, which had been a problem during a down season.

Terry said in a radio interview in Dallas that he would love to play for the Mavericks, where he was a former NBA Sixth Man of the Year and part of the 2011 NBA Champions.

The Kings trailed 22-7 in the first quarter before finding their way and eventually cruising to an 89-75 win over the NBA D-League Select in summer league play.

Five players scored in double figures, led by Ben McLemore’s 18 points. McLemore continues to show improvement after his eight-turnover outing in the summer league opener.

Ray McCallum had a game-high 12 assists, too.

Derrick Williams added 17 points.

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