Sacramento Kings Sign Former Blue Devil, Matt Jones

DURHAM, NC - FEBRUARY 09: Matt Jones
DURHAM, NC - FEBRUARY 09: Matt Jones /

The Sacramento Kings have added a new player to their roster. Scroll down below to check out who he is, some facts about him, and what this signing means for the team.

According to Jason Jones, NBA writer for the Sacramento Bee, the Sacramento Kings have signed former Duke Blue Devil, Matt Jones.

Who Is Matt Jones?

For the past four years, Jones has been a member of the powerhouse basketball program located in Durham. During his collegiate stretch, he averaged 6.4 points, 2.2 rebounds, and 1.4 assists in the 143 games he participated in. Jones wasn’t a star out of the gate, but as he gained more experience, the more he became a regular rotation player under head coach, Mike Krzyzewski.

What Does This Mean For The Kings?

It is unknown exactly why the Kings signed the former Blue Devil. The team already has 15 guaranteed players on their roster and have used up their two-way contracts on JaKarr Sampson and Jack Cooley.

In my opinion, there are two theories that make sense for this acquisition. The first one is that the Kings are using Jones as an extra body for when the team heads into their training camp, which should be soon. He stands at 6’5″ with a 6’8″ wingspan, which should give the Kings’ twos and threes a good challenge while playing against a lengthy frame.

Second, the Kings could have Jones be a member of their G-League affiliate, the Reno Bighorns, to begin the year. And if the possibility came where a roster spot is open with the Kings, he could be a potential addition if he dominates in G-League.

Final Thoughts

Overall, the Kings signing Jones is a minor move. There is little risk if he doesn’t pan out and it would a pleasant surprise if he eventually becomes an asset for the organization. Low risk and high reward.

During his time with the Blue Devils, Jones used his size and length to become an offensive asset at the collegiate level. Hopefully, the 6’5″ guard is able to showcase those same traits this season whether it’s with the Kings or Bighorns going forward.