The Kings continued to make moves on and off the court on day two of the California Classic at Chase Center in San Francisco.
Rookie guards Keon Ellis and Frankie Ferrari combined with second-year center Neemias Queta to lead the Kings to an 81-64 victory over the Miami Heat. First-round rookie pick Keegan Murray struggled after shining in Saturday’s win over the Golden State Warriors, but the Kings remained undefeated at the California Classic with one game to play against the Los Angeles Lakers on Tuesday.
The Kings also made another addition to coach Mike Brown’s staff. A league source told the Sacramento Bee that the Kings are hiring Utah Jazz video coordinator Charles Allen as the head video coordinator and special assistant to the head coach.
There has been no official word on the fate of assistant coaches Stacey Augmon, Lindsey Harding, Jonah Herscu, Rico Hines or Mike Longabardi, who were on the coaching staff last year. Both Harding and Herscu are part of the team’s summer league staff, which could be telling considering the league’s new year kicked off on Friday. Augmon, Hines and Longabardi could be gone, but the team has yet to confirm their departures.
New associate head coach Jordi Fernandez leads this summer team for the Kings, who will travel to Las Vegas after the California Classic to defend their championship in the NBA Summer League.
Ellis, a 6-foot-6 guard who signed a two-way deal with the Kings after leaving Alabama undrafted, scored a game-high 17 points in Sunday’s win over the Heat. He went 6 of 8 from the field after going 0 of 5 in Saturday’s win over the Warriors.
“For me, what is most impressive about Keon is his defense,” Fernandez said. “He keeps very strong, keeps bodies in front of bodies, and he’s long.”
Queta, a 7-foot center from Portugal, finished with 14 points, four rebounds, two steals and a blocked shot. Ferrari finished with 11 points on 4-of-5 shooting with five rebounds and six assists.
Ferrari, a 26-year-old point guard, was a college star who was not drafted from the University of San Francisco in 2019. He spent a summer in the league with the Jazz before heading overseas to playing professionally in Spain and Germany, but his career was plagued by injuries.
Ferrari announced his retirement for health reasons in October 2021. He came out of retirement in January to join the G League Santa Cruz Warriors and signed with Basket Zaragoza of Spanish Liga ACB before agreeing to play for the Sacramento summer league team.