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Kings head coach Mike Brown signs three-year extension

Wed Jul 17 4:35pm ET
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Sacramento Kings head coach Mike Brown signed a reported three-year, $30 million contract extension Wednesday, a full month and a half after the deal was first revealed by multiple news outlets.

"I love being in Sacramento and I am excited for this next chapter," Brown said in a release.

The Kings have found some stability under Brown, following a run of 11 head and interim coaches in 16 seasons since Rick Adelman departed in 2006.

"Mike has done a tremendous job leading our team and this extension is well deserved," Kings general manager Monte McNair said. "His commitment to success is second to none and I look forward to building on the foundation he's helped establish in Sacramento."


In 2022-23, Brown was named NBA Coach of the Year after leading the Kings to the playoffs for the first time since Adelman was at the helm. Sacramento was eliminated in the play-in round this season.

In two seasons under Brown, the Kings are 94-70 in the regular season.

Brown, 54, has a 441-286 career record in six seasons as coach of the Cleveland Cavaliers, parts of two seasons with the Los Angeles Lakers and two with the Kings. His teams are 50-40 in the playoffs.

Brown took the Cavaliers to the NBA Finals in 2007, when they were swept by the San Antonio Spurs.

Player Notes
Russell Westbrook Thu Jul 18 9:30pm

According to ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski, the Clippers traded guard Russell Westbrook to Utah in exchange for guard Kris Dunn. This is the second time Westbrook has been traded to the Jazz since February 2023. However, like the first time he was dealt to Utah, both sides are expected to reach a buyout agreement. Assuming the multi-time All-Star clears waivers, he's likely heading to Denver. Westbrook is coming off a rough year, averaging a career-low 11.1 points with 5.0 rebounds, 4.5 assists, and 1.1 steals. He's no longer the player he once was. But with Jamal Murray having issues staying healthy over the years, Westbrook could see more than a few appearances with the starting lineup. It's also possible he's much more productive than last season.

Tristan da Silva Thu Jul 18 10:20am

Orlando Magic forward Tristan Da Silva notched 17 points with 4-for-6 three-point shooting in Wednesday's 104-98 loss against Memphis in the Las Vegas Summer League. He finished 6-for-9 overall from the field, adding six rebounds, three assists, and one steal during a good all-around performance. The former Colorado Buffalo has been on fire from deep throughout the Summer League, hitting with a 58.8 percent clip on nearly six attempts per game. The Magic badly lacked outside shooting last season, so seeing da Silva's efforts must be encouraging for the team. The 18th pick of this year's draft has averaged 17.7 points, 5.0 rebounds, 3.0 assists, and 1.3 steals in 26.8 minutes during Summer League action.

Scotty Pippen Jr. Thu Jul 18 10:10am

Memphis Grizzlies point guard Scotty Pippen Jr. continued his successful Summer League campaign on Wednesday with a 25-point, nine-assist effort in a 104-98 win over Orlando. He also tallied four rebounds and one steal while shooting 9-for-14 from the field with a 6-for-7 record at the charity stripe. Pippen Jr. has averaged 19.6 points, 2.4 rebounds, 6.0 assists, and 3.4 steals in five Summer League appearances. The 23-year-old also played well last season when given opportunities by the Grizzlies. However, he will likely need to take a backseat in 2024-25, with Ja Morant (shoulder) and Marcus Smart (finger) returning to the lineup.

Taylor Hendricks Thu Jul 18 10:00am

Utah Jazz forward Taylor Hendricks scored 23 points and grabbed nine rebounds in Wednesday's 86-76 Summer League victory over Toronto. Following Monday's awful outing against the Kings, where Hendricks finished 0-for-6 from the field, the 20-year-old was nearly perfect from the floor, hitting 9-for-10, including 3-for-4 from downtown. Hendricks also notched a steal and a block on the defensive end. Inconsistency has plagued Hendricks throughout Summer League action. But he finished last season as a starter in Utah and could remain in the role for the upcoming campaign, especially if Lauri Markkanen gets moved.

David Roddy Thu Jul 18 9:40am

Phoenix Suns forward David Roddy scored a game-high 21 points as the team defeated the Oklahoma City Thunder 100-99 in the Summer League on Wednesday. Roddy's heroics included a made triple and three successful free throws inside the final 20 seconds, which helped Phoenix turn around a 97-94 deficit. He finished 4-for-8 overall from behind the arc and shot 7-for-13 from the field. The 23-year-old bagged six rebounds and had five assists with one steal and one block. Since being selected in the first round of the 2022 NBA Draft, Roddy has struggled to nail down a role for himself in the league, but he's been playing well this summer. He has averaged 16.3 points, 8.3 rebounds, and 2.3 assists in three Summer League appearances.

Bronny James Thu Jul 18 9:30am

Los Angeles Lakers guard Bronny James got going offensively with 12 points on 5-for-11 shooting and helped the team to its first Summer League win on Wednesday against Atlanta. After finishing 0-for-15 from deep in his first four Summer League outings, James shot 2-for-5 from three-point range. He also registered one rebound and one steal in an 87-86 win. It's been a rough ride for James in the Summer League, but Wednesday's performance should give him a confidence boost ahead of the final stretch of Summer League action. He's averaged 5.8 points, 3.2 rebounds, 1.2 assists, and 1.2 steals in 25.2 minutes.

Keon Ellis Thu Jul 18 9:30am

Sacramento Kings shooting guard Keon Ellis posted a game-high 29 points in Wednesday's nail-biting 106-105 loss to the Knicks. The 24-year-old regained his rhythm offensively after being limited to nine total points across his previous two appearances. Ellis' prolific outing included four rebounds, six assists, two steals, and four blocks with 10-for-18 shooting. He finished 5-for-10 with the three-ball. Ellis is known as a defensive specialist, but his efforts this summer also include a 30-point outing against Golden State. After finishing last season as a starter, Ellis must be desperate to hang on to his spot, but it won't be easy with Malik Monk and Kevin Huerter still around.

Josh Richardson Wed Jul 17 10:20pm

Miami Heat guard Josh Richardson (shoulder) resumed shooting on July 2 and is optimistic he'll be ready for training camp. The veteran averaged 9.9 points, 2.8 rebounds, and 2.4 assists last season. Unfortunately, he suffered a shoulder injury in February and underwent surgery in March, limiting him to only 43 appearances. If Richardson can stay healthy during the 2024-25 campaign, he has a chance to land a routine role in the rotation while also seeing a few starts. However, he's not expected to be a consistent fantasy contributor.

Julius Randle Wed Jul 17 10:10pm

New York Knicks forward Julius Randle (shoulder) continues to rehab following surgery. Fortunately, he's moving in the right direction, with SNY's Ian Begley reporting things are "going incredibly well." The 29-year-old averaged 24.0 points, 9.2 rebounds, and 5.0 assists last season and is eligible to sign a four-year contract worth as much as $181.5 million on August 3. Yet, both sides aren't eager to get a new deal done. Randle believes he can be a difference-maker for the Knicks in 2024-25. However, with Jalen Brunson, OG Anunoby, Josh Hart, Donte DiVincenzo, and Mikal Bridges on the roster, Randle could take a step back on the offensive end.

Khris Middleton Wed Jul 17 3:20pm

NBA Insider Shams Charania of The Athletic has reported that Milwaukee Bucks forward Khris Middleton is expected to be ready for next season after undergoing arthroscopic surgeries on both of his ankles this offseason. The operations were successful and the veteran forward will hope for improved health during the 2024-2025 campaign after he was limited to 55 games last year. During the 2023-24 regular season, Middleton averaged 15.1 points, 4.7 rebounds, and 5.3 assists. Milwaukee will need their sharpshooter to stay healthy to contend for an NBA title.

Usman Garuba Wed Jul 17 10:00am

Spanish forward/center Usman Garuba is set to return to his homeland on a long-term contract with Real Madrid. According to Sportando, Garuba will sign a deal until 2029. The 22-year-old has spent three seasons in the NBA. He made six appearances with Golden State in 2023-24. Garuba has also suited up for Houston, averaging 2.6 points and 3.8 rebounds in 11.7 minutes across 105 appearances in the Association. The Madrid-born big man is a highly-rated rebounder and defender but never really made things work for himself in the NBA. Judging by the length of the contract he's signing with Real, it looks like Garuba isn't planning to return to America any time soon.

Marcus Sasser Wed Jul 17 9:50am

Detroit Pistons guard Marcus Sasser played a big role in Tuesday's 85-77 victory over Chicago in the Las Vegas Summer League, scoring 17 points on 5-for-13 shooting and registering five steals. The rest of the Pistons combined for only four steals, while Sasser tied Ronald Holland II for the second most points on the team behind Jayce Johnson's 19-point effort. Sasser went 3-for-5 with the three-ball and dished out three assists. The former Houston Cougar struggled offensively in the first couple of Summer League games but has been a menace on the defensive end, with nine steals racked up in three games. He's looking to carve out a role for the upcoming season on a new-look Pistons backcourt, which now includes Malik Beasley and Tim Hardaway Jr.

Jarace Walker Wed Jul 17 9:50am

Indiana Pacers power forward Jarace Walker led all scorers with 19 points in Tuesday's 98-94 win over Phoenix, shooting 5-for-7 from the field, including 4-for-5 from three-point range. He also notched four rebounds, five assists, one steal, and one block during a good all-around outing. Walker has now hit nine of his 16 attempts from deep across his last two Summer League appearances. He's posted good numbers in all three games in Las Vegas, averaging 19.7 points, 6.0 rebounds, and 4.3 assists. The Pacers didn't use him much during his rookie campaign, but that could change if Walker continues to impress in the Summer League and preseason.

Charles Bassey Tue Jul 16 10:10pm

Free-agent center Charles Bassey (knee) agreed to a one-year, $2.2 million contract to remain in San Antonio. The 23-year-old has spent the last two seasons with the Spurs, most recently averaging 4.0 rebounds and 3.3 points in 19 games during the 2023-24 campaign. Unfortunately, Bassey suffered a torn ACL in December, so he may not be available to begin the season. But even when he's ready to return, he likely won't see the minutes required to be a viable fantasy option.

Kyrie Irving Tue Jul 16 10:00pm

Dallas Mavericks guard Kyrie Irving (hand) underwent surgery. The multi-time All-Star suffered a broken left hand during training a few weeks ago. However, there's a good chance he'll be good to go for training camp. He finished the 2023-24 campaign by averaging 25.6 points, 5.2 assists, and 5.0 rebounds while shooting 41.1% from behind the arc. While Irving is no longer in his prime, he's anticipated to remain a top fantasy producer as long as he can stay on the court, which has been an issue over the years.

Sandro Mamukelashvili Tue Jul 16 10:00pm

Free-agent forward/center Sandro Mamukelashvili agreed to a one-year, $2.2 million contract to return to the Spurs. The 25-year-old averaged only 4.1 points and 3.2 rebounds last season. However, he earned a semi-routine spot in the rotation toward the end of the 2023-24 campaign, logging 26.1 minutes in April. With that said, Mamukelashvili won't be a consistent fantasy producer. But he could find his way into the starting lineup at some point in the season if Victor Wembanyama or Zach Collins aren't available.

Patrick Beverley Tue Jul 16 4:40pm

Jamal Collier of ESPN reported that former Milwaukee Bucks guard Patrick Beverley announced on his X account that he is signing with Hapoel Tel Aviv BC of the Israeli Basketball Premier League. Beverley started his pro basketball career overseas, playing in Greece and Russia. However, the 36-year-old has played the last 12 seasons in the NBA. He started last year's campaign with the 76ers but was dealt to Milwaukee in February at the trade deadline. In 73 regular season contests, the veteran guard averaged 6.2 points, 3.3 rebounds, and 2.9 assists.

Gary Trent Jr. Tue Jul 16 4:20pm

According to ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski, free-agent guard Gary Trent Jr. signed a one-year deal with the Milwaukee Bucks on Tuesday. Trent joins his former Blazers teammate Damian Lillard in Wisconsin. Last year, the 25-year-old posted 13.7 points, 1.7 assists, 1.1 steals, and 2.6 rebounds across 71 contests during his final season in Toronto. He was most likely signed to provide depth to the Bucks' backcourt that needed help. Playing on a championship-caliber team, Trent could have an impact in fantasy and could see plenty of minutes on the court for his new team.

Kel'el Ware Tue Jul 16 9:50am

Miami Heat center Kel'el Ware posted his second double-double in four Summer League games on Monday, finishing a 102-73 victory over Oklahoma City with 11 points and a game-high 12 rebounds. He went 5-for-12 from the field, including 1-for-2 from three-point range. Ware's efforts included one assist, one steal, and one block. The seven-footer, who was the 15th pick in last month's draft, has done very well during Summer League action, which could give him a chance to break into the Heat rotation straight away when the new NBA campaign kicks off. Ware has averaged 16.5 points, 8.0 rebounds, and 2.5 blocks in 25.9 minutes in the Summer League.

Colby Jones Tue Jul 16 9:40am

Sacramento Kings shooting guard Colby Jones found his scoring touch against Utah in the Summer League on Monday, posting a game-high 25 points on 10-for-21 shooting in an 82-70 win. Four of his makes came from 12 attempts from beyond the arc, while Jones grabbed six rebounds and registered three steals with one block. Jones had totaled just 27 points in his previous four outings this summer. The Xavier product has performed well in the G League and boasts plenty of talent, but his pathway to regular playing time is blocked in Sacramento. After being a second-round pick last year, Jones logged only 6.4 minutes across 30 appearances during his rookie campaign.