When the Sacramento Kings brought 19 players into training camp, they too brought in the understanding that at least four of those players would be cut before the season began. According to The Hoops Market, point guard Donald Sloan and swingman J.R. Giddens were the first to go.
Among point guards, Sloan is survived by Tyreke Evans, Beno Udrih, Luther Head, and Pooh Jeter. It’s unlikely that both Head and Jeter would make the final roster even without Sloan in the mix, so this initial cut is merely thinning the ranks a bit.
Giddens was the first cut from the even more crowded wing crop, and considering Sacramento’s depth at both shooting guard and small forward, Giddens was a long-shot at best to even be a late cut. Giddens is athletic with NBA skills (rebounding, mid-range shooting), but there are too many wings on the Kings’ roster with guaranteed contracts and more interesting prospects among the camp tryouts, to boot.
Mario Hezonja, the No. 5 pick in this year’s draft, has never lacked for confidence. The Croatian guard made his pro debut in the Magic’s preseason game against the Hornets on Saturday and did this:
Between Hezonja, Elfrid Payton, Victor Oladipo and Aaron Gordon, the Magic have a nucleus of young players that has the potential to be a lot of fun. Even if they’re still a few years away from contending, they’re definitely going to be a League Pass favorite this year.
Preseason is only just getting underway and there’s already a potentially serious injury to report. In the game between the Hornets and Magic on Saturday night, Michael Kidd-Gilchrist was taken to the locker room after suffering a right shoulder injury. The Hornets announced that he was then taken to an Orlando-area hospital for follow-up x-rays:
A few hours after the game, the Hornets announced that Kidd-Gilchrist has a dislocated shoulder:
Depending on the severity of the injury, he could miss a few weeks or a few months. Hopefully, it’s the shorter end of that timeline. We should know more on Sunday.