Kings Sign Jordan McLaughlin To One-Year Deal

JULY 9: McLaughlin has officially signed with the Kings, according to the NBA’s transaction log. It’s a minimum-salary deal, Hoops Rumors has confirmed.

JULY 7: The Kings and free agent point guard Jordan McLaughlin have agreed to a one-year contract, agent Greg Lawrence tells Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN (Twitter link). Sean Cunningham of FOX 40 Sacramento (Twitter link) was the first to report that the two sides were nearing a deal.

McLaughlin, 28, has spent all five of his NBA seasons to date with the Timberwolves, providing backcourt depth behind the team’s various starting point guards — he has come off the bench in 235 of 242 career regular season outings. In 2023/24, the former USC standout averaged 3.5 points and 2.0 assists in 11.2 minutes per game across 56 appearances.

While McLaughlin’s counting stats are modest, he does a good job taking care of the ball, having averaged just 0.3 turnovers per game last season, and is a solid shooter. His .472 3PT% in ’23/24 was an outlier, but he has made 36.9% of his career three-point attempts.

McLaughlin will give Sacramento another option behind De’Aaron Fox in a backcourt that will no longer feature former lottery pick Davion Mitchell, who was traded to Toronto in June.

While terms of the agreement have yet to be reported, the Kings project to have little breathing room below the luxury tax line once they complete their sign-and-trade deal for DeMar DeRozan, so I’d expect McLaughlin to sign for the veteran’s minimum. For a player with his five years of experience, that would work out to a salary of about $2.43MM for him, with Sacramento carrying a cap hit of approximately $2.09MM.

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