LARAMIE — After taking Justin James with their first pick in last month’s NBA Draft, the Sacramento Kings have officially inked the former Wyoming standout.
James has signed a contract with the Kings, the team announced Wednesday. Citing team policy, the Kings did not release details of the contract, though NBC Sports Bay Area's James Ham reported it's a three-year, $4.2 million deal with the first two years guaranteed.
James tweeted a photo Wednesday afternoon of him signing his contract, adding, “OFFICIAL! Beyond thankful for this great organization for believing in me.”
Sacramento didn’t have a first-round pick in June’s draft but spent the 40th overall selection on James, who’s gotten steady minutes with his new team in NBA Summer League action.
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James debuted with seven points and five rebounds in the California Classic and also averaged 4.7 rebounds and 1.0 assists for the three-game event. James has picked it up since the team began play in the MGM Resorts Summer League in Las Vegas, averaging 11.3 points, 3.7 rebounds and 2.0 assists in 23.8 minutes through the first three games.
His efficiency has also improved. James is shooting 56.5 percent from the field and 33.3 percent from 3-point range in Vegas after shooting percentages of 25 and 20, respectively, during the California Classic.
James was the first Wyoming player drafted since Larry Nance Jr. went to the Los Angeles Lakers with the 27th overall pick in 2015. James, who led the Mountain West in scoring last season at 22.1 points per game, finished his UW career third on the school’s all-time scoring list.