Kings exercise team options on five players

Colton Jones

The Sacramento Kings exercised team options on five players Friday, according to general manager Vlade Divac.

The Kings opted to pick up the options on De'Aaron Fox, Harry Giles, Buddy Hield, Justin Jackson and Skal Labissiere.

NBA squads have until the end of October to make rookie-scale option decisions, a deadline the Kings opted to beat by more than a week.

Fox, a second-year man out of Kentucky, is leading Sacramento in scoring at 17.6 points and assists with 6.6, along with 4.8 rebounds, 6.6 assists and 1.4 steals. In his rookie season, Fox averaged 11.6 points 2.8 boards, 4.4 dimes and 1.1 steals in 73 games (61 starts). He will make just less than 6.4 million this season.

Giles, the 20th overall pick in the 2017 draft out of Duke, is averaging 3.8 points, 3.0 rebounds and 1.0 assists in 13.0 minutes in five games. He will earn approximately $2.58 million this season.

Hield, the sixth overall selection in the 2016 draft out of Oklahoma by the New Orleans Pelicans and acquired by the Kings in a deal Feb. 20, 2017, has averaged 14.0 points, 4.4 rebounds and 1.9 assists in 110 games with Sacramento, shooting 45.7 percent from the field, 43.2 percent from deep and 85.2 percent from the free-throw line. His fourth-year option calls for him to be paid $4.86 million this season.

Jackson, the 15th overall choice in the 2017 draft out of North Carolina, is averaging 9.0 points, 5.0 boards and 1.6 assists in his second NBA season. His third-year option has him earning $3.28 million this season.

In his third season our of Kentucky, Labissiere has played 96 games (41 starts) for the Kings, averaging 8.5 points, 4.7 rebounds and 1.0 assists, while posting a shooting line of 46.6/35.5/76.6. His fourth-year option calls for him to earn $2.34 this season.

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