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Nik Stauskas, (10) of the Sacramento Kings fights for the ball against Austin Daye of the San Antonio Spurs during the first game of their NBA Summer League against the San Antonio Spurs.

The Kings aren’t trying to win the 2014 Summer League Championship, but they have a squad that should compete for the title.

You just wouldn’t know that if you watched their dismal 85-69 loss to the San Antonio Spurs Friday night at Cox Pavilion.

The Kings were outscored 50-26 in the second half.

“Just a very poor second half of basketball,” said Kings head coach Michael Malone.

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Ben McLemore, left, talking with Kings coach Michael Malone last season, worked hard to improve this offseason.

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There’s a theme to the offseason for Michael Malone.

The Kings will play more fluidly on offense.

Malone has harped on that during this week’s summer league minicamp and brought it up again Thursday.

“I don’t want anyone catching and holding the basketball,” Malone said. “If you don’t have a shot right away look to make a play for your teammate. That’s something we’ve been repeating over and over is make a play for your teammate.”

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DeMarcus Cousins is giving Kings coach Michael Malone reasons to share optimistic thoughts about the center this summer.

Kings center DeMarcus Cousins is having a fine offseason growing as a leader, according to coach Michael Malone.

The latest example is Cousins practicing with the Kings this week as the summer league team prepares to play.

Malone has invited veterans to join the summer league squad for practices, and Cousins is the first to work out with the team this week at Spring Valley High School.

“I give DeMarcus a ton of credit,” Malone said. “We had a voluntary minicamp in the middle of June, and as the leader of the team, he was there every day. So I’ve never had a problem with getting DeMarcus in the gym, working hard, setting the tone, leading by example.

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Jazz's head coach Tyrone Corbin watches the scoreboard during the game between the Sacramento Kings and the Utah Jazz at Sleep Train Arena in Sacramento on Saturday, February 9, 2013.

The Kings have reached an agreement to hire former Utah head coach Ty Corbin as the lead assistant on head coach Michael Malone’s staff a league source confirmed.

Corbin will fill the role Brendan Malone, Michael’s father, was in before he resigned before last season.

Corbin had a 112-146 record as Utah’s coach after replacing Jerry Sloan during the 2010-11 season. The Jazz made the playoffs following the 2011-12 season, Corbin’s first full season as coach.

Corbin played in the NBA from 1985-2001, including two stints in Sacramento (1995-96, 1999-2000).

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Sacramento Kings forward Quincy Acy (5) reacts to a turnover against the Oklahoma City Thunder at Sleep Train Arena on Tuesday, April 8, 2014.
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Kings head coach Michael Malone won’t focus on the summer league championship, but he doesn’t expect the Kings to be beaten like they were last year.

The Kings held the first practice of their summer league minicamp Monday morning at Spring Valley High School.

“I’m excited to be back in the gym, working with our guys,” said Kings coach Michael Malone. “And with everything else going around, you can always go to a gym and find a peace about yourself. I just love getting in the gym.”

The Kings will practice again at 5:30 p.m.

• Forward Derrick Williams (personal reasons) was not at practice. He is expected to join the team Wednesday morning.

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Los Angeles Clippers point guard Darren Collison (2) congratulates Sacramento Kings point guard Isaiah Thomas (22) after their preseason game on Monday, Oct. 14, 2013 at Sleep Train Arena.

The Kings finally have the point guard they’ve looked to add to the backcourt this offseason.

Darren Collison has agreed to a deal for Sacramento’s full mid-level exception at three years and $16 million.

Collison made $1.9 million last season.

Collison (6-0, 175) averaged 11.4 points and 3.7 assists as Chris Paul’s backup for the Los Angeles Clippers last season. Collison started 35 games last season.

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Brendan Lane, of Pepperdine and a graduate of Rockin High School works out during the Kings pre-draft workout at the Kings practice facility on Monday June 2, 2014 in Sacramento.

The Kings announced their summer league roster Wednesday. Assistant coach Chris Jent will coach the summer squad for the second consecutive year.

Five players who ended the season the with the Kings are on the roster – Quincy Acy, Jared Cunningham, Ray McCallum, Ben McLemore and Derrick Williams.

Rookie Nik Stauskas is on the team along with former first-round pick MarShon Brooks, and Nick Wiggins, the brother of Andrew Wiggins, who was the first overall pick in the 2014 NBA Draft by Cleveland.

The Kings will hold minicamp in Las Vegas July 6-10. Their first game is July 11 against San Antonio at Cox Pavilion on the UNLV campus.

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Greivis Vasquez was a King last season, but was unable to reach an agreement on a contract extension before he was traded to Toronto in the Rudy Gay deal.

The Kings never-ending quest for a pass-first point guard to run their offense hit another bump when free-agent target Shaun Livingston decided he would play in Northern California, but for the Golden State Warriors.

With restricted free agent Isaiah Thomas being pursued by several teams the Kings face the possibility of second-year guard Ray McCallum as the starting point guard entering camp.

Kings forward Jason Thompson is hosting his second JT Elite Basketball Skills Camp this week at Hardwood Palace in Rocklin.

Thompson is noticeably slimmer than he was at the end of the season, which he attributes to a changed diet in addition to his offseason workouts in the the Philadelphia/South New Jersey area.

Thompson said there are 300 campers this week and the focus is on skills on the court and life skills away from basketball.

Thompson also talked about the Kings and where he might – or might not fit in the Kings’ future.

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Isaiah Thomas’ improvement and statistics indicate he’s in for a big payday.

Kings restricted free agent guard Isaiah Thomas has several suitors as free agency kicked off at 9:01 p.m.

Boston, Dallas, Golden State, Miami, Detroit and Phoenix have all expressed interest in Thomas according to a league source.

The Kings extended a qualifying offer to Thomas last week, so they can match any offer sheet Thomas might sign with another team.

Thomas is coming off a career season in which he averaged 20.3 points and 6.3 assists in his third NBA season.

Nik Stauskas’ long day of travel ended nearly two hours later than planned thanks to flight delays, but that didn’t stop a group of fans from welcoming the Kings’ first-round draft pick at Sacramento International Airport shortly after 11 p.m., Friday night.

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