Sacramento Kings

Kings to sign rookie forward Wenyen Gabriel to two-way contract

The Kings plan to sign forward Wenyen Gabriel to a two-way contract, a league source confirmed to The Bee’s Jason Jones on Saturday.

Gabriel, who played two seasons for the University of Kentucky from 2016-18, competed with Sacramento in both the California Classic and Las Vegas summer league from July 2 to 13.

The 6-foot-9 undrafted rookie only mustered three points and two rebounds during the California Classic summer league tournament at Golden 1 Center, but he finished averaging 6.8 points and 5.6 rebounds in 16.4 minutes per game in Las Vegas.

Gabriel’s strong summer league finish included seven points, 10 rebounds and a monster dunk against the Golden State Warriors on July 13.

The 21-year-old’s status as a two-way player will allow him up to 45 days with the Kings, while the rest of his season will be spent with Sacramento’s G-League affiliate, the Stockton Kings.

Gabriel, who was a highly recruited five-star prospect coming out of high school, will be one of four former Kentucky Wildcats on a Kings’ roster that includes guard De’Aaron Fox, forward Skal Labissiere and center Willie Cauley-Stein.