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Sacramento Kings sign Ray McCallum to three-year contract

Jul 19, 2013, 11:26 AM EDT

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Ray McCallum has impressed at Summer League.

The No. 36 pick of the Kings is averaging 12.8 points a game, he can get to the rim and finish there (a rarity in Summer League), has looked like a floor general and had one big 23-point game. He’s had some rougher outings and is shooting just 39.5 percent overall, but you can see a quality young point guard in there. He belongs in the league.

The Kings thought that, too, and have signed him to a guaranteed deal, reports the Sacramento Bee.

The Kings announced they have signed second-round draft pick Ray McCallum. Terms were not disclosed, but a league source said McCallum’s deal had three years guaranteed.

Most likely that three year deal is for around $1 million a year.

The Kings are now overstocked at the point — they traded for Greivis Vasquez this summer, Isaiah Thomas has proven he can be a solid scoring point in this league and is the likely backup, plus Jimmer Fredette wants to play the point not the two. Throw McCollum in the mix and you don’t need all those guys at the one, so look for future moves (maybe not until training camp or later).

The good news for the Kings is both Thomas and McCollum are on very affordable minimum deals.

  1. jcmeyer10 - Jul 19, 2013 at 12:26 PM

    If you look real quick, that looks like Michael from the Wire

  2. adoombray - Jul 19, 2013 at 12:41 PM

    Jimmer is not an NBA point guard. He never was and never will be. His 3 ball is still legit though, and he made much smarter shot selections especially towards the end of last year. also, Isaiah Thomas is 5’9″. Not saying that a short guy can’t play, but… He’s still 5’9″ which is a problem especially when he likes to drive to the rim so much. The kid can play and is pure hustle, he deserves a role, but there is only so far you can go in the paint with the big boys in the West with a 5’9″ PG, a power forward playing Center in DMC, and a 6’6″ 6th man in Chuck Hayes.

  3. tk41 - Jul 19, 2013 at 12:50 PM

    Give the Kings credit, they consistently hit on 2nd round picks (Isiah Thomas & Marcus Thornton being more recent examples). From watching McCallum play, he might join the list…. the problem with the Kings appears to be nearly everything else.

    • 00maltliquor - Jul 19, 2013 at 2:15 PM

      Thornton was a product of the then Hornets.

  4. usm418 - Jul 19, 2013 at 4:21 PM

    Hopefully Nick Minnerath will make the team too. Go Titans!

  5. cardiaccardinals - Jul 21, 2013 at 2:23 AM

    ” Throw McCollum in the mix…”

    Portland have their own guard dilemma. When I saw McCallum getting the praise he’s deserved, I knew there would be issues for the press.

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