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Payne, Cauley-Stein will work out for Kings on Thursday

Kentucky forward Willie Cauley-Stein (15) drives on Florida center Alex Murphy (5) during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game in the quarter final round of the Southeastern Conference tournament, Friday, March 13, 2015, in Nashville, Tenn.
Kentucky forward Willie Cauley-Stein (15) drives on Florida center Alex Murphy (5) during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game in the quarter final round of the Southeastern Conference tournament, Friday, March 13, 2015, in Nashville, Tenn. AP

After two predraft workouts featuring players who are at best summer-league prospects, the Kings will host two college stars they will consider selecting with the sixth pick in the NBA draft on June 25.

Murray State point guard Cameron Payne and Kentucky center Willie Cauley-Stein will work out for the Kings on Thursday at the team’s practice facility.

Payne (6-foot-2, 183 pounds) is considered the third-best point guard prospect behind D’Angelo Russell of Ohio State and Emmanuel Mudiay from China. Initially projected to be selected between 11th and 20th, Payne is rising fast and drawing interest from teams with top-10 picks. He averaged 20.2 points and 6.0 assists last season as a sophomore.

Though the Kings signed Darren Collison last summer, upgrading at point guard remains a priority as they seek more playmakers.

Cauley-Stein (7-1, 242) is one of the premier defenders in the draft. His defensive versatility is expected to translate to the NBA, where he could guard perimeter players and protect the paint. He averaged 8.9 points and 6.4 rebounds last season as a junior.

Adding Cauley-Stein would give the Kings flexibility and improve their defensive mindset.

Jason Jones

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