Kings Sign, Waive Damien Jefferson, Ade Murkey

OCTOBER 14: As expected, both players have been waived, Keith Smith of Spotrac tweets.

OCTOBER 13: The Kings have signed free agent swingman Damien Jefferson to an Exhibit 10 contract, agent Nate Daniels of One Legacy Sports tells our JD Shaw (Twitter link).

The Kings have also signed Ade Murkey, according to Sam Amick of The Athletic, who confirms (via Twitter) that both Jefferson and Murkey are expected to be waived on Thursday and are on track to play in Stockton this season.

An undrafted rookie, Jefferson opted to forgo an extra year of NCAA eligibility and go pro in 2021, following his senior season at Creighton. He averaged 11.9 PPG, 5.4 RPG, and 2.4 APG with a shooting line of .512/.348/.605 in 31 games (30.9 MPG) for the Bluejays in 2020/21, earning All-Big East Second Team honors.

A 6’5″ guard who went undrafted out of Denver in 2020, Murkey played for the Iowa Wolves in the 2021 G League bubble.

Jefferson and Murkey, who were part of Sacramento’s Summer League roster, are unlikely to make the Kings’ regular season squad, since the team already has 14 players on guaranteed contracts, plus Chimezie Metu on a partial guarantee.

However, their Exhibit 10 deals will put Jefferson and Murkey in position to collect bonuses worth up to $50K if they end up spending at least 60 days with the Stockton Kings, Sacramento’s G League affiliate.

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