The Sacramento Kings didn't have Forward Quincy Miller available on Wednesday against the Toronto Raptors, leading to some wondering if his time with the team had expired despite seeing 34 minutes of action against the Golden State Warriors just a few days prior. It turns out that Miller was unavailable because his initial 10-day contract had expired, but his next one hadn't been finalized yet...and the Kings do plan on making it official in time for their game against the Cleveland Cavaliers on Friday.
Miller played in two games for the Kings on his first 10-day deal, going 0-3 in six minutes of action against the Los Angeles Clippers on Saturday 1/17, then scoring 13 on 3-8 shooting against the Warriors after sitting out against Portland and Brooklyn. Ty Corbin ended up playing Miller for 34 minutes against Golden State, which trailed only starters DeMarcus Cousins (35) and Darren Collison (34). In addition to his 13 points, Miller hauled in six rebounds and had two steals and two blocks.
A third-year forward out of Baylor, Miller spent his first two NBA seasons on the Denver Nuggets before being waived prior to the start of the 2014-15 season. After winning the D-League Player of the Month award in December as a star for the Kings' D-League affiliate Reno Bighorns, Sacramento signed him to a 10-day contract in mid-January.
Miller is just 22 years old and has plenty of time to grow, and the Kings (still in the hunt for backcourt help for DeMarcus Cousins) clearly want to take a more extended look at the young prospect. They'll have that chance, starting on Friday.
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