Kings notes: Cunningham bids for roster spot
07/20/2014 8:59 PM
07/20/2014 9:00 PM
Jared Cunningham finished last season with the Kings and is making a case to become a more permanent part of the team.
The Kings are open to adding another ballhandler, and the free-agent guard wouldn’t mind being in the mix this fall at training camp.
Cunningham had 10 points, two rebounds and two assists off the bench in the Kings’ 74-62 win over Washington in the NBA Summer League semifinals Sunday at Thomas & Mack Center.
In 2012, Cunningham was a first-round draft pick by Cleveland, 24th overall, before being traded to Dallas. He’s appeared in only 21 games with Dallas, Atlanta and Sacramento.
So Cunningham wasn’t discouraged when he didn’t play in two summer league games.
“It’s been two seasons of not playing games for me, so I’m kind of used to that,” he said. “I’ve been told to wait your time and when the time comes be ready.”
In his past three summer league appearances, Cunningham is averaging 9.7 points on 9-for-20 shooting.
“I think he’s a lot more comfortable just playing the game and letting it develop and when it comes back to him understanding the pace he has to play with at the point guard spot,” Kings summer league coach Ty Corbin said.
The Kings signed Cunningham late last season when they needed another point guard because of an injury to Isaiah Thomas, and he averaged 3.0 points and 7.3 minutes in eight games.
“I think I had a good end of the season with the team,” Cunningham said. “They talked with my agent and asked me to come back, and I feel it’s a great opportunity for me in the right organization.”
Injury update – Forward Brendan Lane limped off the court with 7:08 to play because of a left ankle injury.
Lane, a Rocklin High School graduate who played at UCLA and Pepperdine, did not return. He said he stepped on another player’s foot and rolled his ankle.
Lane, who was in a walking boot as he left the arena, said he didn’t think he’d be able to play in tonight’s summer league championship game against Houston.
No recognition – The All-Summer League teams were announced, and no Kings made the first or second team.
Washington’s Glen Rice Jr. was named MVP after averaging a summer league-best 25.0 points to go with 7.8 rebounds.
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