Sacramento Kings exercise 2023-24 option on Kessler Edwards

Jun 28, 2023, 4:37 PM

WASHINGTON, DC - MARCH 18: Kessler Edwards #17 of the Sacramento Kings handles the ball against the...

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The Sacramento Kings are exercising its 2023-24 club option on forward Kessler Edwards, per ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski.

After making an impact with the Kings during the regular season’s final month, Sacramento will reportedly retain Edwards and his $1.9 million contract for next season.

After being acquired in a midseason trade with the Brooklyn Nets, the 22-year-old averaged 3.9 points, 2.1 rebounds per game, and 1.0 assists per game while shooting 43 percent from the field and 35 percent from the three-point line over 22 appearances (three starts) with the Kings.

Edwards, who will be entering his third year out of Pepperdine, has a 6’11 wingspan and holds career averages of 13.2 points, 7.1 rebounds, and 1.0 blocks per game on 39 percent shooting from the field over 17 appearances in the NBA G-League.

Kings head coach Mike Brown called on Edwards for challenging defensive assignments like Devin Booker and Anthony Edwards in a show of confidence in the lengthy wing, which the franchise will look to build off in the future.

Sacramento has lacked defensive impact for quite some time, and by retaining Edwards and drafting two-way guard Colby Jones, the Kings are already looking to bolster that end of the floor leading into the start of NBA free agency on Friday.

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Sacramento Kings Offseason Schedule

  • Friday, June 30– Free Agent negotiating period begins
  • Monday, July 3rd & Wednesday, July 5th – California Classic Summer League at Golden 1 Center
  • 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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