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December 10, 2011
Paul Westphal likes new Kings roster as it is

The Kings opened training camp this afternoon, and yes, Jimmer Fredette was here.

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The Kings announced the signings of forward Lawrence Hill and guard Adrian Oliver Saturday, giving the Kings 15 players in training camp.

Coach Paul Westphal likes the makeup of the team that as of now has DeMarcus Cousins starting at center with Chuck Hayes at power forward.

Tyreke Evans and Marcus Thornton start at guard and John Salmons is the small forward.

"I know that Geoff is going to be opportunistic and we're always looking for chances to improve the team if it's there," Westphal said. "On the other hand we don't have to do anything either and we're in good shape."

If that's the case, center Samuel Dalembert will not be back. The Kings could still sign him if the choose, or even agree to a sign-and-trade with Dalembert.

Meanwhile the Kings are interested in free agent forward Andrei Kirilenko, who spent his first 10 seasons in Utah.

Kirilenko, 30, is an unrestricted free agent. He is playing professionally in Russia. The former All-Star (2004) is one of the more versatile players in the league and noted for his defense from small forward spot.

On the new players:

Hill (6-8, 220) played at Stanford from 2005-2009 and was an all-conference selection as a senior.

Hill was playing with the Texas Legends of the NBA D-League before coming to Kings camp where he averaged 14.8 points and 7.5 rebounds.

Oliver (6-4. 210) played the last three seasons at San Jose State after beginning his college career at Washington. Oliver starred at Modesto Christian High School, where Hayes was also a standout.

After averaging 24 points as a senior at San Jose State, Oliver played in the Greek Basketball League for Aris B.C.



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