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July 9, 2008
An active Kings day (and night)

As offseason days go, the Kings have had a busy one thus far.
This morning, point guard Beno Udrih officially inked his five-year, $32.7 million deal with the Kings and the team held a press conference at C-Webb's Center Court this afternoon. They also signed second-round picks Sean Singletary and Patrick Ewing Jr. to contracts, although I don't know the terms as yet.
Lastly, summer league officially began at the team's practice facility in Sacramento and I'm currently watching the squad in action. They will hold practices here through Friday before heading for Las Vegas and Saturday's first game. No first impressions just yet from Jason Thompson (I'm writing while I watch), but he's doing a fine job of listening to summer league coach Chuck Person. As for Udrih, he made it known that he's taking his new contract very seriously.
He decided not to play for his Slovenian national team because he's more interested earning his money with the Kings. Udrih is heading to Vegas on Friday to get in shape while working with Kings strength coach Daniel Shapiro for five days.
"I want to get in the best shape for training camp so that when it comes we can start getting ready for the team," Udrih said. "(The contract) comes with a lot of responsibility. I feel that (responsibility), and I'm going to go try to get better and get in the best shape I can."
For fans looking to welcome their point guard back to Sacramento, he's doing two appearances this evening at the Best Buy stores in Sacramento and Roseville. For more info on that, click here. - Sam Amick



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