THE rebuilding Sacramento Kings added some battle-tested vets on Tuesday (Wednesday, Manila time) after agreeing to separate multi-year deals with free agents Zach Randolph and George Hill.
According to The Vertical’s Shams Charania, Hill chose Sacramento after testing the free agency market following his injury-riddled season with the Utah Jazz. The nine-year veteran point guard drew interest from the Minnesota Timberwolves, New York Knicks, his former team San Antonio Spurs and had serious talks with the Los Angeles Lakers on Monday for a one-year contract.
But the 31-year-old Hill went with the Kings after agreeing to a three-year, $57 million deal in a starting role for the young squad.
Hill averaged a career-high 16.9 points with the Jazz last season but was limited to just 49 games due to injuries. Utah had a 33-16 record when he played, and 18-15 when he was injured.
On the other hand, Randolph agreed to leave Memphis after eight seasons and move to Sacramento for a two-year, $24 million contract, sources within the NBA told ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski.
The burly forward, who turns 36 this month, was one of the pillars of the Grizzlies in seven straight playoff runs in his eight seasons in Memphis. Randolph is the franchise’s all-time leader in rebounds and third behind Mike Conley and Marc Gasol in scoring.
Last season, Randolph took a transition to a sixth-man role and thrived as he led all bench players in double-doubles with 20 while putting in 14.1 points and 8.2 rebounds in 24.5 minutes. The 16-year NBA vet will serve as mentor to a young Kings frontcourt.