The Sacramento Kings front office has suggested they’d be in the mix for another ball handler before the season came along and they may have found one this afternoon.
According to Marc J. Spears of Yahoo Sports, the team signed point guard Deonte Burton to a (likely non-guaranteed) contract.
If Burton’s name sounds familiar, that’s because he played just across state lines as a member of the Nevada Wolfpack where he posted very respectable averages of 20.1 points on 47.1 percent shooting, 4.3 rebounds, 4.4 assists and 1.5 steals.
A rather capable defender, it’s questionable if Deonte Burton would be able to crack the Kings roster coming out of training camp though the undrafted guard may just be happy to have an NBA job and could be content being sent to the Reno Bighorns.
Lacking three-point range, Burton won’t be a guy you’ll get much production out of in terms of perimeter play but he can play in the lane and is good with the rock. In addition, he’s rather athletic and can play above the rim (not exactly a traditional point guard in that sense) which made him a rather efficient collegiate scorer.
For those who missed out on his college career, below is a scouting video from Draft Express.
By no stretch a home run, though a solid talent out of the free agent pool.