Cory Joseph, Kings agree on a 3-year, $37 million contract
The Sacramento Kings weren’t players for the big fishes in free agency, but they steadily built a respectable haul of veterans in day one. The latest addition to the Kings’ collection is point guard Cory Joseph after agreeing to a three-year deal worth $37 million, per Chris Haynes of Yahoo Sports.
Joseph becomes the Kings’ fourth addition, although not yet official, after Trevor Ariza (two years, $25 million), Harrison Barnes (four years, $85 million), and Dewayne Dedmon (three years, $40 million) all agreed to separate deals.
The Canadian guard is as durable as they get. Over the last five years, the least amount of games that Joseph played throughout an entire season is 79. In the 2018-19 campaign, he didn’t miss a game for the Indiana Pacers where Joseph averaged 6.5 points, 3.4 rebounds, 3.9 assists, and 1.1 steals per game.
Joseph is a reliable veteran with postseason experience and promises to be a steady backup to franchise cornerstone De’Aaron Fox. He played 25 minutes per contest last season, finishing with only 1.0 turnover nightly.
Before the acquisition, the Kings already had a couple of young court generals in tow. But both Yogi Ferrell and Frank Mason III are too inexperienced compared to Joseph. The 27-year-old guard is a safe bet to overtake Ferrell and Mason in Sacramento’s totem pole of point guards.