Kings Sign Forward Darius Songaila
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) _ The Sacramento Kings signed forward Darius Songaila on Wednesday, two days after acquiring his rights in a trade with the Boston Celtics.
Songaila, a Lithuanian who played at Wake Forest for four seasons, was a second-round pick by the Celtics in last summer’s draft. He never played for Boston, instead spending the season with a club team in Moscow.
The Kings traded their second-round selection in Thursday’s draft _ the 56th overall choice _ and their second-round pick in 2005 to Boston for Songaila’s rights.
``This is the most exciting day of my summer,″ said Songaila, who traveled to Sacramento to complete the deal. ``The Kings are one of the hottest teams in the NBA.″
Songaila’s signing gives the Kings 11 players under contract for next season. Sacramento still hasn’t heard from Keon Clark, who has until Monday to pick up a $5 million player option for next season or become a free agent.
Jim Jackson, Mateen Cleaves and Damon Jones also become free agents Monday.