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Kings’ Vlade Divac discusses thought process behind signing Kyle Guy to two-way contract

Vlade Divac, Kyle Guy, Kings

The Sacramento Kings had a trio of second-round draft picks this summer, one of which Vlade Divac used on Kyle Guy out of the University of Virginia.

Guy spent three seasons at UVA, developing into an NBA talent in his sophomore year and posting his best numbers in a championship-winning effort for the Cavaliers in March.

With Summer League games well underway, the Kings have elected to sign Guy to a two-way contract, giving him the opportunity to play major minutes in the G League while also keeping one of their roster spots open.

Sacramento’s president of basketball operations, Vlade Divac, spoke to Jason Jones of The Athletic regarding the decision-making process that resulted in signing Guy to this kind of deal:

“We felt very confident with him and secure to be in our system,” said Divac of signing Guy to a two-way contract. “But keep the flexibility with the roster spot and we had another two-way contract (available). So that was the thought process. We can keep the guy we really like in our system and keep flexibility with our roster spots.”

Guy averaged 15.4 points, 4.5 rebounds and 2.1 assists as a junior while shooting over 42 percent from the 3-point line, becoming one of the nation’s premier sharpshooters.

In the national championship game against Texas Tech, Guy poured in 24 points and was 4-of-6 shooting beyond the arc, giving Virginia a much-needed lift with De’Andre Hunter struggling in the first half. The 21-year-old also knocked down three free throws to give Virginia a one-point win over Auburn in the national semifinal after he was fouled in the final second of play.

Guy is tremendous in catch-and-shoot scenarios. Should he make it to the league, he should fit right in on a Kings roster which is based on spreading the floor.