DeMar DeRozan steals the show at Day 1 of the California Classic

Jul 6, 2024, 9:18 PM

(Photo by Rocky Widner/NBAE via Getty Images)

(Photo by Rocky Widner/NBAE via Getty Images)

It was an eventful California Classic opener for the Sacramento Kings on Saturday night at Golden 1 Center–both on and off the floor.

The story of the night was six-time All-Star forward DeMar DeRozan, who inked a three-year deal with the Kings in a sign-and-trade deal that will send Harrison Barnes to the San Antonio Spurs and Chris Duarte to Chicago Bulls.

News of DeRozan’s agreement sent a wave of excitement through the arena as Sacramento took the floor for pregame warmups against the Chinese national team. That hype was magnified once the 34-year-old entered the court-side area with team governor Vivek Ranadive to a massive ovation:

California Classic: Day 1 recap

DeRozan stole the show early, while Keon Ellis took over from there by scoring  10 points during the first quarter on four-of-five shooting from the field, including both of his attempts from three-point range as the Kings took an early 31-18 lead.

Sacramento’s two-way guard Mason Jones took the baton from Ellis in the second quarter, scoring 11 of his 13 first-half points on three-of-five shooting from three-point range to help the Kings push its lead to 52-29 as DeRozan and franchise guard De’Aaron Fox took in the action sitting next to one another at center court.

With Ellis and Jones leading the way, Sacramento coasted to a 101-50 blowout win over the Chinese national team in front of an engaged–and excited–audience.

Jones led all Kings scorers with 19 points (five-of-eight from three-point land), four rebounds, and five assists while Ellis poured in 18 points (six-of-12 shooting from the field) to go along with four rebounds, four assists over 25 minutes.

The buzz surrounding DeRozan’s widely reported visit to Sacramento took center stage on Day 1, and rightfully so.

Acquiring DeRozan, one of the NBA’s top scorers over the past decade, gives the Kings another go-to scorer that will be able to compliment Fox, All-NBA center Domantas Sabonis, returning Sixth Man of the Year candidate Malik Monk, and emerging forward Keegan Murray on a new-look roster.

Adding the six-time All-Star doesn’t mean that Sacramento general manager Monte McNair has clocked out for the summer as starting guard Kevin Huerter’s $16.8 million salary–along with multiple future first-round picks–could be dangled in potential deals for more upgrades.

Following weeks of pressure to make a move, McNair and the Kings front office finally struck in a big way by arguably luring the most-notable free agent to the 916 since the franchise relocated to Sacramento in 1985.

DeRozan ended the 2023-24 season with per-game averages of 24.0 points, 4.3 rebounds, 5.3 assists, and 1.1 steals on 48 percent shooting from the field, 33 percent from deep, and 85 percent from the free-throw line.

It’s a new era in Sacramento, and it all started on Saturday night at Day 1 of the California Classic.

More on new Kings forward DeMar DeRozan

Sacramento Kings to acquire DeMar DeRozan in sign & trade deal

Injury Report

Kings rookie Devin Carter (shoulder) will not participate in the California Classic. It’s currently unknown if the 13th overall pick from June’s NBA Draft will be available in next week’s Summer League action in Las Vegas.

When is the next Sacramento Kings off-season date of interest?

The 2024 California Classic will continue on Sunday afternoon as the Kings face the San Antonio Spurs at Golden 1 Center.

Action is set to tip off at 7:00 PM as Colby Jones, Keon Ellis, and Mason Jones take the floor for Sacramento against fourth-overall pick Stephon Castle and the Spurs.

Sactown Sports 1140 will have all of your Sacramento Kings coverage for the California Classic, Summer League, free agency, and much more!

Sacramento Kings 2024 Summer Schedule

California Classic | Golden 1 Center | Sacramento, CA

  • Sunday, July 7th – vs. San Antonio Spurs – 7:00 PM PDT
  • Tuesday, July 9th – vs. Charlotte Hornets – 7:00 PM PDT

California Classic | Chase Center | San Francisco, CA

  • Sunday, July 7th – vs. Miami Heat – 1:30 PM PDT
  • Wednesday, July 10th – vs. Golden State Warriors – 7:00 PM PDT

NBA 2K25 Summer League | Thomas & Mack Center/Cox Pavilion | Las Vegas, NV

  • Friday, July 12th – @ Memphis Grizzlies – 3:00 PM PDT (NBA TV)
  • Monday, July 15th – vs. Utah Jazz – 7:00 PM PDT (ESPNU)
  • Wednesday, July 17th – @ New York Knicks – 12:30 PM PDT (NBA TV)
  • Thursday, July 18th – vs. Washington Wizards – 4:00 PM PDT (ESPN)
  • Final game TBD

NBA Offseason Schedule

  • Saturday, July 6th – Free Agents can officially sign contracts
  • July 12-22nd – Las Vegas Summer League
  • July 27-August 11th – 2024 Olympic Games
  • Friday, September 27th – NBA training camps begin

Thank you for reading Follow us on Twitter and Google News, and subscribe to our YouTube channel.


Sacramento Kings

SACRAMENTO, CALIFORNIA - DECEMBER 17: Acting head coach Doug Christie of the Sacramento Kings looks...

Brenden Nunes

Kings Summer League team records 31 turnovers in loss to Memphis

In their first game in Las Vegas, the 2024 Sacramento Kings summer league team committed 31 turnover en route to a 103-83 loss to Memphis.

5 hours ago

MINNEAPOLIS, MINNESOTA - MARCH 01: Malik Monk #0 of the Sacramento Kings dribbles the ball against ...

Frankie Cartoscelli

Emirates NBA Cup 2024: Group Draw Results for the Kings

The NBA has released the groups for this season's Emirates NBA Cup. Who will the Sacramento Kings face in their group play?

6 hours ago

Kyle Kuzma #33 of the Washington Wizards shoots in front of Domantas Sabonis #10 of the Sacramento ...

Amiliano Fragoso

National NBA Insider believes Kings aren’t done making big roster moves yet

Are the Sacramento Kings done making big splashes in the trade market? Brett Siegel remains curious as to what's next for Sacramento.

11 hours ago

NEW YORK, NEW YORK - APRIL 04: Keon Ellis #23 of the Sacramento Kings dribbles during the second ha...

Frankie Cartoscelli

Sacramento Kings NBA Las Vegas Summer League Schedule

The Sacramento Kings will begin NBA Las Vegas Summer League play this weekend. Here's the full schedule for the Beam Team:

14 hours ago

SACRAMENTO, CALIFORNIA - DECEMBER 17: Acting head coach Doug Christie of the Sacramento Kings looks...

Brenden Nunes

Sacramento Kings announce 2024 Las Vegas Summer League roster

With the California Classic completed, the Kings are onto their next offseason event. Their 2024 Las Vegas Summer League roster is here.

1 day ago

GREENSBORO, NORTH CAROLINA - MARCH 17: Devin Carter #22 of the Providence Friars looks on during th...

Brenden Nunes

Report: Sacramento’s Devin Carter will miss approximately six months

After undergoing successful left shoulder surgery to repair a torn labrum, Kings' rookie Devin Carter is expected to miss roughly six months.

1 day ago

DeMar DeRozan steals the show at Day 1 of the California Classic