How Malachi Richardson fits into the Sacramento Kings’ rotation

first_imgFormer Syracuse wing Malachi Richardson was picked by the Charlotte Hornets with the No. 22 pick in the 2016 NBA Draft and then reportedly traded to the Sacramento Kings.Here is the current salary and contract situation for the Kings, per Basketball-Reference.comRichardson, who projects as a shooting guard at the NBA level, joins a roster without many true shooting guards. Veteran guard Marco Belinelli was traded to Charlotte for the pick that the Kings took Richardson with.The one natural shooting guard the Kings have on the roster for next season is former Kansas guard Ben McLemore. But the third-year pro had a rough season, averaging a career low in minutes (21.2) and points (7.8). Darren Collison played a lot of minutes at the 2 last season, but he’s a point guard by nature and the Kings point guard from last season, Rajon Rondo, is a free agent. It’s uncertain if he’ll return.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textThis is the third time in the last four years that the Kings have selected a shooting guard in the 1st round of the draft. They took McLemore in 2013 and took former Michigan player Nik Stauskas in 2014.Sacramento was 19th last season in 3-pointers made per game (8.0) and 21st in 3-pointers attempted (22.4). Richardson, who averaged a little more then six threes attempted per game in his lone year at Syracuse, should stand to help Sacramento improve their long-range shooting and bring some stability to the revolving door at the shooting guard position for the Kings. Comments Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on June 23, 2016 at 10:54 pm Contact Tomer: | @tomer_langerlast_img read more

Dybala stars as Ronaldo, de Ligt sit out Juventus’s alpine opener

first_imgArgentine forward Paulo Dybala scored a double in Juventus’s alpine openerVillar Perosa, Italy | AFP | Paulo Dybala brushed aside speculation over his future with a double for Juventus as Cristiano Ronaldo and new signings Aaron Ramsey and Matthijs de Ligt sat out the club’s traditional alpine curtain raiser on Wednesday.Nearly 5,000 fans crammed into the “Gaetano Scirea” stadium in Villar Perosa at the foot of the Italian Alps, for the annual friendly between the Juventus first team and youth B side, won 3-1 by the senior players.Dybala has been linked with a move to Manchester United, Tottenham Hotspur and Paris Saint-Germain, but with banners saying “Stay with us Paolo” the 25-year-old slotted in the first goal from the penalty spot after 14 minutes.The youth team drew level in the 38th minute when Juventus’s newly-signed Turkish defender Merih Demiral turned into his own net.But Dybala added his second with the game approaching half-time and Juan Cuadrado scored third from close range before the game ended in the 51st minute with a traditional pitch invasion by fans.“He is a Juve player, he is a great Juventus player,” sporting director Fabio Paratici said of Dybala.“What is happening with Dybala is what happens with all the players during a transfer window.“There are rumours, there are discussions, there are negotiations … The market is open and there is interest, but there are no names who are closer to sale.”Gianluigi Buffon returned to the Juve goal after his underwhelming season at Paris Saint-Germain, with Gonzalo Higuain also back after his loan to Chelsea last season and coach Maurizio Sarri on the bench after also arriving from London. – Moment of celebration’ –Ronaldo was sidelined with a slight thigh problem, along with De Ligt and Welsh international Ramsey.Five-time Ballon d’Or winner Ronaldo happily signed autographs amid a party atmosphere on what was also captain Giorgio Chiellini’s 35th birthday.Villar Perosa is the fiefdom of the powerful Agnelli family, the founders of Fiat and the owners of Juventus, who bought their family estate there — nicknamed “The Castle” — in the mid-19th century and established the annual pre-season friendly in the town 60 years ago.On the sidelines were club president Andrea Agnelli and his cousin John Elkann, chairmain of Fiat Chrysler.“It’s nice that our new coach Maurizio Sarri can feel at home in this environment, where there is a desire to celebrate the Juventus of the past that has done so much and above all to see the Juventus of the future,” said Elkann.The Turin giants take on Serie C side Triestina on Saturday before beginning their quest for a ninth consecutive league title at Parma on August 24.Share on: WhatsApplast_img read more