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)
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.
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.
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 Terrys only appearance in uniform in Sacramento this season. Hell rehab in Dallas and not join the Kings after Wednesdays 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.
Theres a theme to the offseason for Michael Malone.
The Kings will play more fluidly on offense.
Malone has harped on that during this weeks summer league minicamp and brought it up again Thursday.
I dont want anyone catching and holding the basketball, Malone said. If you dont have a shot right away look to make a play for your teammate. Thats something weve been repeating over and over is make a play for your teammate.
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