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July 13, 2013
Marcus Thornton drops in to watch the Kings in Las Vegas

LAS VEGAS - Kings guard Marcus Thornton attended Saturday's Summer League game against the Dallas Mavericks.

Thornton is coming off a season where he was a full-time reserve for the first time as a King and struggled to find consistent playing time in the role until later into the season.

But he's familiar with new coach Michael Malone, who was an assistant while Thornton was in New Orleans.

Thornton said there had not been any detailed discussions about his role next season.

"I haven't talked (Malone) yet," Thornton said. "I'm just here to support, that's it."

Thornton spoke on a few subjects after the game.

On new additions Greivis Vasquez and Coach Michael Malone:

"A guy that's willing to share the ball and get his teammates off is a great addition. Coach Malone, I was with him in New Orleans. Xs and Os wise, I think he's the best out there. It will be great to get to work with him."

On new ownership going forward:

"To have the stability we have now, knowing we're not going anywhere for a while, we can just focus on basketball now and not worry about the outside stuff. That's going to be great for us."

On what else Vasquez adds:

"Leadership and thing you might not know about him - he's very vocal out there. To be vocal out there as a point guard is a thing every team needs."

New King

Luc Mbah a Moute attended the game, too. He said he was "excited, very excited" about the trade to Sacramento.

"When I found out I was a part of it I was really excited," Mbah a Moute said. "I feel like I fit right in. What I bring to the team is something the team needs and values and I'm looking forward to it."

Game notes

After a hard fall in the first half, Ben McLemore said his left knee was fine. He shot 4-for-23, including 1-for-11 on three pointers and finished with 11 points.

A lot of McLemore's misses were short, but he said fatigue or shooting from the deeper three-point line in the NBA weren't issues.

Ray McCallum shot 3-for-11 with 11 points, eight rebounds and four assists. McCallum looked poised and like a natural leader on the court.

In the 76-73 loss to Dallas, Drew Gordon had 17 points and 10 rebounds for the Kings off the bench. C.J. Aiken had 13 points.

Josh Akognon, who played on the Kings summer team last year, led Dallas with 22 points.

Jason Thompson also watched the game. He's also watching his brother Ryan, who plays for Washington this summer.



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