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Kings’ De’Aaron Fox thinks Dave Joerger is trusting him more now

De'Aaron Fox, Kings, Dave Joerger

With the Sacramento Kings gunning for a playoff appearance, second-year guard De’Aaron Fox believes that head coach Dave Joerger is trusting him more.

Fox knows that he’s been in the game longer than usual. For the season, he’s averaging 31.6 minutes per night. But there are some nights wherein he plays way above than his average. Now, his main concern is not to break the trust that Joerger has given him.

“I feel fine. I know even if I’m out there longer, I have to keep up the pace,” Fox told James Ham of NBC Sports California. “I think he’s trusting me a lot more, and I just want to be out there and make sure I’m impacting the game, no matter what I’m doing out there.”

With 20 games remaining, the Kings have a 31-31 record for ninth place in the West. They have a good shot at qualifying for the playoffs for the first time since the 2005-2006 season, and the 21-year-old Fox already knows what’s at stake.

Early in his career, he already has the freedom to do whatever he wants on the offensive end. However, at the end of the day, De’Aaron Fox knows he has to deliver. The Kings have to win.

“I think he already gives me a lot of freedom,” Fox said. “I’m not expecting anything to change too much, but the back end of the season, we’ve got to win. I’ll come out a lot more aggressive.”

The Kings will meet with New York Knicks on Monday.