Sacramento Kings acquire Colby Jones from Boston in return for 38th pick

Jun 22, 2023, 8:39 PM | Updated: 9:59 pm

GREENSBORO, NORTH CAROLINA - MARCH 17: Colby Jones #3 of the Xavier Musketeers celebrates against t...

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The Sacramento Kings have made another NBA Draft trade, this time with the Boston Celtics in a deal that will bring Xavier guard Colby Jones to the 916.

Sacramento sent the 38th overall pick in the draft and a future second-round pick to the Celtics in return for Jones, who Boston selected with the 34th pick.

Jones, a 6’5 wing that can play the two and three, was a threat from beyond the arc during the 2022-23 season, shooting 38 percent from three-point range while pulling down 5.7 rebounds per game.

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After swinging a trade that sent Richaun Holmes and the 24th overall pick to the Dallas Mavericks, the Kings used its 38th pick to make the jump to 34th and bring in Jones, a prospect that many mock drafts had in the 20-30 range.

Jones is the exact type of player that Sacramento was targeting in this wing-loaded draft, a guard-forward combo that can use his 6’8 wingspan to defend the one-through three positions and act as a threat from three-point land.

The 21-year-old ranked 9th in the Big East in points per game, 15th in three-point field goal percentage, and 13th in steals per game.

Colby Jones | SG/SF | Xavier

Age: 21

Height: 6’5″

Weight: 199

2022-23 stats: 15 points, 4.4 assists, 5.7 rebounds, 1.3 steals, 50.9% FG, 37.8% 3PT, 65.3% FT

Jones makes for an easy fit in most rotations with an unselfish, versatile style of play that could make him an immediate value add for teams off the bench. He’s in play for teams all over the back part of the first round.

ESPN’s NBA Draft Insider Jonathan Givony on Colby Jones – June 2023

While his isolation offense and free throws need to improved, the junior combo wing could play vital rotation minutes as a rookie.

Sacramento Kings Offseason Schedule

  • Thursday, June 22– 2023 NBA Draft
  • Friday, June 30– Free Agent negotiating period begins
  • Thursday, July 6– Free Agents can begin signing deals
  • Friday, July 7–Monday, July 17– NBA Summer League in Las Vegas
  • August TBD– 2023-24 NBA regular season schedule release
  • September TBD– Sacramento Kings training camp begins

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