Most of you were probably asleep for this one, but the Kings and point guard Cory Joseph agreed on a three-year, $37 million deal, per Chris Haynes of Yahoo Sports.
Free agent guard Cory Joseph has agreed to a three-year, $37 million deal with the Sacramento Kings, league sources tell Yahoo Sports.— Chris Haynes (@ChrisBHaynes) July 1, 2019
Joseph, 27, played all 82 games with the Indiana Pacers and averaged 6.5 points, 3.4 rebounds and 3.9 assists in 25.2 minutes a game. He shot 41.2 percent overall and 32.2 percent from three.
The Kings definitely had to overpay on this deal, but the third year is also a partial guarantee, per Sam Amick.
Source confirms Kings’ three-year, $37 million deal with point guard Cory Joseph (@ChrisBHaynes first). I’m told the third year is a partial guarantee.— Sam Amick (@sam_amick) July 1, 2019
Also, the Kings rescinded Willie Cauley-Stein’s qualifying offer to free up this money, making him an unrestricted free agent.
The Kings signed Dewayne Dedmon, Trevor Ariza and now Joseph to deals with the final year being a partial guarantee.
Sacramento now has a very solid core with plenty of depth and versatility. They definitely got better after these signings.
Joseph also brings lockdown defense to the Kings and the ability to guard the 1 and 2 spots on the floor. I’ll write in-depth piece on Joseph coming soon.
Per James Ham, the Kings are still on the market for a possible fifth big so stay tuned for that.