Another Kings Camp Invite: PG Lanny Smith

In addition to the 13 guaranteed contract players (yes, Jon Brockman's contract is guaranteed) the Kings will have four or five training camp invitees who will practice with the team and perhaps play in preseason games. In all likelihood, only one will make the regular season team, though the Kings could keep two or none. Desmond Mason (a nine-year vet swingman) and Jermareo Davidson (a 25-year-old center) are two of the invitees.

Another fellow on his way to camp: point guard Lanny Smith. Like Davidson, Smith played under Bryan Gates at Idaho of the D-League. A product of the University of Houston, the 24-year-old Smith suffered a catastrophic foot injury during his original senior season in 2006-07 -- doctors told him he may never play again. He came back, though, and played 20 minutes a game for UH in 2007-08 before making his way to Idaho, where he played mostly as a back-up.

Smith also participated in the recent NBA Asia Challenge, which is notable because 49-year-old Dominique Wilkins dunked on South Korean players during a game.

Smith won't contend for a roster spot, but as a quick guard he should provide good competition for Sergio Rodriguez and Beno Udrih. (Note: he will not provide good competition for Tyreke Evans because no one provides good competition for Tyreke Evans. The Kings are looking into having the basketball version of Deep Blue commissioned in order to give Evans an appropriate practice partner.)

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