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Jason Kidd played Giannis Antetokounmpo at point guard during the Las Vegas Summer League and hinted that he’d continue playing the 19-year-old at the one during the regular season.
If this report is true (it has yet to be confirmed), then he’s serious about developing Antetokounmpo as a point guard.
Gary Payton has reportedly agreed to serve as a special advisor for Antetokounmpo, teaching him how to master the point guard position.
For a player like Antetokounmpo, it doesn’t get much better than having Kidd and Payton helping you develop as a floor general.
Antetokounmpo had a growth spurt and he confirmed to Basketball Insiders that he’s currently 6’11. Between his height and his 7’5 wingspan, it’s easy to see why Kidd is intrigued by the thought of Antetokounmpo playing point guard. To put it simply, he’d be a matchup nightmare.
There haven’t been many free agency signings lately, but the Kings finalized two deals on Thursday, inking Omri Casspi and Ryan Hollins to contracts. Both players were signed to one-year deals.
In 71 games with the Houston Rockets last season, Casspi posted 6.9 points (.422 FG%, .347 3PT%, .680 FT%), 3.7 rebounds and 1.2 assists per contest. In 61 contests with the Los Angeles Clippers last season, Hollins posted 2.3 points (.736 FG%, .625 FT%), 1.5 rebounds and 7.9 minutes per game.
The Kings may have more moves coming, as they are expected to waive recently acquired players Alonzo Gee and Scotty Hopson, who each have a non-guaranteed contract.
Mickael Pietrus and Josh Howard among others have worked out in Sacramento recently, so the Kings may have another signing or two to make before training camps kick off in two weeks.
The 31-year-old Fernandez spent last year as an assistant coach with the Canton Charge, after serving as a player development coach for the Cleveland Cavaliers from 2009 to 2013.
“The Cavaliers and Charge are the model relationship for NBA D-League as far as the right balance between developing individual talent and attaining collective team success, and I am very thankful that they have given me this opportunity,” said Fernandez in a statement. “Canton has been like a second home to me since I arrived last year and I cannot wait to get started with a team that Charge fans can be proud to get behind.”
“Jordi is a natural fit to lead the Charge after being a tremendous asset to our staff last year and playing a critical role cultivating talent with the Cavaliers for four seasons,” said Cavaliers Director of Development League Operations, Mike Gansey. “His background with the Spanish National Team combined with his high-level domestic experience also gives him a unique basketball perspective that will greatly benefit our team.”
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