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Last week, the Sacramento Kings signed former Duke basketball guard DJ Steward to a one-year league-minimum contract with $50,000 guaranteed. At the time, it looked like he at least had an outside chance, alongside 2015 Blue Devil national champ Quinn Cook, at making Sacramento's 15-man roster.

Then this week, only four days after Stewart's signing popped up on the NBA's transactions log, the Kings waived the 20-year-old Chicago native.

The news might feel like déjà vu for Steward.

One week before the Kings' 2021-22 season opener in October, the Sacramento brass waived him. But at least in that go-round, Steward had the opportunity to play in a preseason game, scoring only two points in a few minutes of action.

However, as Rory Maher of Hoops Rumors reported, the door remains open for Steward to again play for Sacramento's G League affiliate, the Stockton Kings, should he fail to sign with another NBA franchise.

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For now, the Stockton Kings own his returning player rights. So assuming Steward doesn't soon end up on an NBA roster elsewhere, he may have a tough decision to make: whether it's worth his time to return to the G League with the Kings or perhaps try his luck overseas.

DJ Steward went undrafted in 2021 after averaging 13.0 points, 3.9 rebounds, and 2.4 assists per game for a Blue Devil squad that finished a subpar 13-11 overall. 

He has yet to play in an NBA regular-season game.

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