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Kings waive Mika, Pineiro

Shortly after making their NBA preseason debuts in the Sacramento Kings 105-88 victory over the Phoenix Suns at the Golden 1 Center Thursday night, the team has announced that center Eric Mika and forward Isaiah Pineiro have been waived.

This move brings the team’s roster down to 18 players with three more cuts remaining before the start of the regular season.

Mika, the former BYU Cougar standout went undrafted in the 2017 NBA draft. He spent the past two years playing in Italy and Germany before joining the Kings’ 2019 Summer League squad where he averaged 8.8 points and 8.1 rebounds to earn an Exhibit 10 training camp invite on August 20. His hustle and rebounding prowess were a welcomed sight to a Sacramento team that has, of late, been a little lacking in that area.

Pineiro, the 6’7” Sacramento area native attended Sierra College before transferring to the University of San Diego where he lit up the WCC during his junior and senior seasons. He went undrafted in the 2019 NBA draft before joining the Kings Summer League squad. He signed an Exhibit 10 contract with the team back on July 31.

Pineiro also participated in the 2019 FIBA World Cup tournament in China as a member of the Puerto Rican national team.

It is likely that both Mika and Pineiro will be joining the Kings G-League team in Stockton for the 2019-20 season.

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