'He Has a Moxie About Him'
It was a long wait, but Malachi Richardson finally joined his new teammates, albeit in Las Vegas.
Richardson was traded to the Kings on Draft night, but since trades are unable to become official until the NBA moratorium ends on July 7, he was unable to practice or communicate with his new team.
While the rest of the Kings Summer League squad practiced in Sacramento this past week, the sharpshooting guard worked on his game in Las Vegas.
“I'm trying to become a total complete player, put it on the floor, mid-range game, the NBA 3-point shot," Richardson told the media after his first practice with the team. "[I’m] really trying to compete and be the best player I can be.”
Although head coach Dave Joerger has only been able to work Richardson for one practice, he already shared fond remarks of the 6-foot-6 first round pick from Syracuse.
“I was impressed, he has a moxie about him," said Joerger. "He’s got long arms, he’s got good size, he has a good feel for the game. I was pretty impressed by him in a situation where he just played, that he picked stuff up.”
Though Malachi wasn't able to work out with his new teammates and coaches until Thursday, he did have the opportunity to work out with another Kings player in Vegas, DeMarcus Cousins.
“[I’ve] been out here in Vegas working out at Impact, working out with DeMarcus," said Richardson. "Just getting ready for the pro game.”
Although Joerger wouldn’t explicitly state how much time Richardson will see in the team’s first game on Friday, he expects him to play.
Fans will get their first chance to watch Malachi and the Kings Summer League squad as they take on the Toronto Raptors at 7 p.m. PDT on NBA TV on Friday, July 8.