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Former Kentucky Wildcats to play in Sacramento NBA Summer League

Several Cats begin Summer League play on Monday.

NCAA Basketball: Kentucky Media Day Mark Zerof-USA TODAY Sports


The Kings have changed their mind and will not have De’Aaron Fox on their Summer League team.

Fox is practicing with the team during their minicamp, but he will not play in games this summer, which is actually a smart move. He had a great rookie season and doesn’t need to prove himself again in the Summer League and risk an unnecessary injury.

The NBA Summer League will be full of Kentucky Wildcats, and that includes the new Sacramento Summer League beginning this year.

Wenyen Gabriel and De’Aaron Fox will be reunited with the Sacramento Kings as they open Summer League play Monday night. Bam Adebayo will also take part in this league with the Miami Heat.

All three Wildcats were part of the 2016-17 Kentucky Basketball team that won 32 games and made the Elite Eight while also winning the regular-season and SEC Tournament crown.

Sacramento’s event will feature four franchises playing in a three-day, round-robin style competition with each team playing the others once. In addition to the Kings and Heat, the Los Angeles Lakers and Golden State Warriors will also take part.

NBA TV will feature live game action from Sacramento July 2-3 and July 5.

After this league concludes, the NBA Summer League in Las Vegas will take place July 6-17 and feature all 30 NBA teams.

Adebayo played in 69 games during his rookie season in Miami, including 19 starts while averaging 6.9 points on 51.2 percent shooting with 5.5 rebounds per game.

Fox played in 73 games with 60 starts during his first NBA season, averaging 11.6 points, 4.4 assists, 2.8 boards and 1.0 steals per game. Both Fox and Bam were selected in the first round of the 2017 NBA Draft and have their contracts guaranteed for the 2018-19 season.

This past season at Kentucky as a sophomore, Gabriel averaged 6.8 points and 5.4 rebounds while hitting 42 3-pointers on 39.6-percent shooting from deep. He’s only part of the Kings’ Summer League team for now, but he’s hoping to earn a training camp invite with a big showing over the next month of action.

Go here for a full schedule of next week’s action.