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Jason Jones, Sacramento Kings beat writer

Malone mentions need for better ball movement from Kings again

07/10/2014 7:40 PM

07/10/2014 7:41 PM

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.”

The Kings finished last in the NBA in assists due in part to so many players either dribbling or holding the ball to get their own shot.

Malone is adamant that he must change that this season and is running drills that emphasize screens, cuts and passes on offense with little or no dribbling in halfcourt sets.

• Isaiah Thomas remains a man without a team.

He visited with the Phoenix Suns today and will continue meeting with the team Friday.

Like the Kings, the Suns see Thomas a spark off the bench.

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Jason Jones, who joined The Sacramento Bee in 2002, has covered the Kings since 2008. Jones, a UC Berkeley graduate, also has covered high school sports, the Oakland Raiders and the Sacramento Monarchs for The Bee. Contact him at Twitter: @mr_jasonjones

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