Another veteran Kings player took coach Michael Malone up on his offer to join workouts during this week’s minicamp.
Forward Carl Landry, rehabbing from knee surgery, worked out with the Kings on Thursday as the team prepares for tonight’s summer league opening game.
Because of the knee and a torn hip flexor suffered during last fall’s training camp, Landry played in just 18 games in his second stint with the team after signing a four-year, $26 million contract.
On Thursday, Landry worked with director of athletics performance Chip Schaefer and took shots with assistant coach Ty Corbin during the portion of practice open to the media at Spring Valley High School.
Landry isn’t the only veteran not playing in the summer league who has worked out with the team. Center DeMarcus Cousins has practiced since Monday.
Collison’s coming – Free-agent guard Darren Collison is expected to be in Las Vegas on Saturday to sign his three-year, $16 million contract.
Collison is expected to replace Isaiah Thomas as the starting point guard.
Thomas is a restricted free agent, so the Kings can match offers from other teams. Thomas has a $1.1 million qualifying offer for next season from the Kings, but he is seeking a multi-year offer.
Yahoo! Sports reported Thomas visited Phoenix on Thursday. The Suns were one of the first teams to express interest in Thomas when free agency began.
Corbin still isn’t official – Corbin’s agreement to join the coaching staff still had not been finalized and announced by the Kings on Thursday.
Corbin agreed to become Malone’s lead assistant Monday and has been at practices since Tuesday.
Practice run – The Kings held a closed scrimmage against Toronto on Wednesday night to prepare for the summer league opener against San Antonio.
“I liked some things (Wednesday) night and there were some things that needed to be cleaned up, which was expected,” Malone said.
He said the defense improved after a shaky start. The offense was inconsistent with moments of good ball movement and unselfish play and others of overdribbling and stagnant play.
“Obviously we’re a work in progress,” Malone said. “This team is being thrown together, but we’re taking a step in the right direction every day.”