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Sacramento Kings sign Ryan Hollins

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The Kings have reached an agreement to sign Hollins to a guaranteed one year deal.

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The Sacramento Kings have reached an agreement to sign center Ryan Hollins to a one-year deal, according to Marc Spears of Yahoo! Sports.

Hollins has been a back-up center for the duration of his career, and while his numbers are laregly underwhelming, it's easy to see why the Kings would want to sign him.  He's a long, athletic big man.  He blocks shots at a decent rate (1.6 blocks per 36 minutes for his career, 2.3 per 36 last season).  He's also athletic and quick enough to run the fast break, which the Kings reportedly plan on doing a lot of this season.

Many Kings fans may frown on this signing, as plenty have sour memories of Hollins as a member of the Clippers for the last two seasons.  My hope is that Hollins is one of those players you hate until he's on your team (a la Reggie Evans).  My fear is that he's one of those players you hate even more when you're forced to root for him.

The other wrinkle to this signing is that it gives the Kings a legitimate back-up center other than Jason Thompson.  Let the JT trade speculation begin resume.