As expected, the last-minute transactions continue for the Sacramento Kings as they work to build up their G-League roster through a recent flurry of Exhibit 10 contracts.
On Friday, Sacramento waived guard Jordan Ford and forward Wes Iwundu, who they previously signed to Exhibit 10 contracts just 24 hours earlier.
They then followed that up by signing guard Alex O'Connell and forward Jeriah Horne to new Exhibit 10 contracts. Like the previous signings, these two will be waived prior to the October 17 roster deadline and then be signed by the Stockton Kings as a pathway has now been cleared for the Kings to own their G-League rights moving forward. Both players also get a nice $50k salary bump for their troubles.
O'Connell, a high-flying wing out of Creighton went undrafted in the 2022 NBA Draft and was a member of the Kings’ summer league squad in Las Vegas where he averaged 4.3 points and four rebounds in three games. He is your classic super-athletic dunker and should be a walking highlight reel in Stockton this season.
Horne, a 6-7 wing out of Tulsa also went undrafted in the 2022 NBA Draft and was instantly signed to a summer league deal by the Kings where he averaged 7.8 points and 3.5 rebounds. Known as a dead-eye shooter, he also shot 52 percent from the field, including 44 percent from deep during his four appearances in Las Vegas.
Both O'Connell and Horne will dress for Friday night’s preseason finale against the Los Angeles Lakers, but may not see any action if the game is close.
To clear a route to add Iwundu to the squad in Stockton, the Kings traded the G-League rights of Matt Coleman and Emanual Terry to the Cleveland Charge for the G-league rights to Iwundu.
Coleman is currently playing in the Turkish league for Besiktas, and Terry recently signed with the Seoul Samsung Thunders of the Korean league. Neither is expected to be available for the upcoming G-League season, so this was more of a paper trade that landed the Stockton Kings a quality forward for the year.