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  • The Kings will try out Damian Jones with a 10-day contract, a report says
  • Jones is coming off two 10-day contracts with the Los Angeles Lakers
  • Jones needs to improve his game on offense and defense to land a new NBA home

The Sacramento Kings have a flicker of hope of making the NBA postseason but need to get the right pieces to achieve that. They opened a roster spot after waiving DaQuan Jeffries and are reportedly looking for a center. It appears that guy could be Damian Jones, someone who recently got cut from the Los Angeles Lakers.

The Kings have plans of trying out Jones, who is coming off a pair of 10-day deals with the Los Angeles Lakers, James Ham of NBC Sports reported, citing an unnamed league source. Although he performed well, the two-time NBA champion was cut after the purple and gold took in Andre Drummond.

Jeffries played only a couple of games outside garbage time for Sacramento. His place on the Kings went from bad to worse with Moe Harkless and Terence Davis joining the team before the NBA trade deadline.

The Kings have a 22-27 win-loss record in the Western Conference and are three games behind the San Antonio Spurs, which are at the eighth spot. They still have an outside shot of making the NBA playoffs but need the right talent to help push for it.

Jones played eight games for the Los Angeles Lakers, averaging 5.4 points and 3.3 rebounds in 14 minutes of action. He owns career numbers of 4.3 points and 2.9 rebounds in 126 games. Although these are far from impressive numbers, Jones could get something going with the Kings moving forward.

Based on his plays, Jones needs help improving his craft on both ends of the court. He is not exactly a top option on offense and his defense is questionable. However, he is someone exciting to watch in an uptempo kind of offense, which should make him an interesting addition.

Should Jones live up to expectations Sacramento could be a new home for him. He has bounced from one team to another, but this 10-day deal could be the start of something new again. All that will depend on whether or not he can adapt to the system of Kings coach Luke Walton, someone who is also under the radar if the team fails to end the 2020-21 NBA season with a credible finish.

Damian Jones #30 of the Phoenix Suns
Damian Jones #30 of the Phoenix Suns Getty Images | Christian Petersen
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