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Kings will retire Peja Stojakovic’s No. 16 in December

The Kings will retire Peja Stojakovic’s No. 16 jersey when they host the Oklahoma City Thunder on Dec. 16 at Sleep Train Arena.

“My time in Sacramento was the best years of my career and truly some of the best years of my life,” Stojakovic said in a statement released by the Kings. “I am proud of what we built in Sacramento and the connection we made with the fans and the community. Kings fans are some of the best fans in the world, and it was an honor to play for them. I want to thank Vivek (Ranadive) and the entire Kings family for welcoming me back for this celebration, and I look forward to following the exciting times ahead for the Sacramento Kings.”

Stojakovic joins guard Mitch Richmond (2), forward Chris Webber (4) and center Vlade Divac (21) as numbers retired by the Kings since they moved from Kansas City, Mo., in 1985.

Stojakovic, a three-time All-Star, was the 14th overall pick in the 1996 draft. In eight seasons with the Kings, he averaged 18.3 points and 5.0 rebounds. He holds the franchise records for three-pointers made (1,070) and attempted (2,687) and free-throw percentage (.893).

Stojakovic is second on the Kings’ all-time scoring list with 9,498 points, third in field goals made (3,352) and attempted (7,269) and fifth in steals (543).

Guard Ben McLemore wore No. 16 last season, but he has switched to No. 23, which was not available entering last season because guard Marcus Thornton wore it. Thornton was traded to Brooklyn last season.

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