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LAS VEGAS — Sacramento’s De’Aaron Fox says he did not feel the Lakers’ Lonzo Ball was avoiding playing against him on Monday night in what would have been a rematch between the two rookie point guards.

“He’s a competitor,” Fox said of Ball after the Lakers held off the Kings to win 95-92. “If he’s hurt, like people say, it’s summer league, don’t risk it. When I tweaked my ankle [in the third quarter], Coach took me out and said the same thing.

“No one is ducking anybody at the end of the day.”

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A third meeting between Ball and Fox was supposed to be the highlight of Monday’s session at the Las Vegas Summer League. Instead, Ball was held out due to a groin injury and Fox ended up sitting out most of the second half after injuring his right ankle.

Fox, who departed the game with 5:05 remaining in the third quarter and did not return, said the injury wasn’t serious.

He also insisted that a tweet he sent out with the “facepalm” emoji after the Ball injury news came out during the day was a lighthearted effort to stir up things with the media and not a dig at Ball.

“I got hacked,” Fox said before laughing. “Nah, I like to play with y’all. … I know what y’all do. It made a story, didn’t it?

“I knew y’all were going to take it. Y’all ran with it faster than I would run a 40. So I did it.”

The tweet has since been deleted.

ESPN’s Ramona Shelburne reported that Ball’s injury isn’t considered serious and that the Lakers are playing it safe with Ball, who was selected No. 2 overall in this year’s draft.

“He’s fine,” a source told ESPN.

Ball has had the injury since last week, the source said. News of the injury Monday, first reported by USA Today Sports, spoiled what had been a highly anticipated rematch between Ball and Fox, the fifth overall pick by the Kings.

Fox outplayed Ball in the NCAA tournament when Kentucky defeated UCLA 86-75 to reach the Elite Eight. Fox scored 39 points, shooting an efficient 13-for-20, while Ball was held to 10 points, eight assists and four turnovers.

In their first meeting in December at Kentucky, Ball had 14 points, seven assists and six rebounds in a 97-92 win over the Wildcats. Fox had 20 points and nine assists in the loss.

Many have and will often compare the two point guards as their careers move on.

“Yeah, just because we play each other twice and he beat me at home and we beat him in the Sweet 16, so people have kind of intertwined our careers,” Fox said. “We can say whatever we want and no one is going to let it go.”

Fox, who averaged 17.5 points, four assists and four steals in his first two games with the Kings in Las Vegas, finished with 12 points in 20 minutes against the Lakers. Buddy Hield sank 6 of 9 3-pointers and scored 22 points, while Frank Mason had 24 points for the Kings.

Vander Blue led the Lakers with 21 points.

Ball was looking to continue his momentum from Saturday, when he compiled his first triple-double (11 points, 11 rebounds, 11 assists) with the Lakers in an 86-81 loss to Boston.

That was a complete turnaround from his Lakers summer league debut the night before, when Ball shot 2-for-15, including 1-for-11 from 3-point range, in an overtime loss to the Clippers.
The Lakers, though, have been cautious with their prospects. Ball and last year’s second overall pick, Brandon Ingram, both were held out of action Monday. After he suffered a cramp toward the end of the Lakers’ first game Friday, the team opted to shut down Ingram for the remainder of summer league play for precautionary reasons. Rookies Kyle Kuzma (cramps) and Josh Hart (sprained right ankle) also did not play against Sacramento.

The Lakers, who are off Tuesday, will likely re-evaluate Ball on Wednesday and determine his availability for the remainder of summer league. They could opt to play it safe with their point guard.

Fox didn’t seem too upset about missing out on another opportunity to face Ball, knowing there will be plenty of meetings ahead this season.

“He didn’t play, they beat us anyway,” Fox said. “What would have happened if he would have played? If he had to sit out, he sat out. I mean, I sat out the second half.”

“We are still going to play each other,” Fox added. “We are both in the NBA for a reason.”

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The Sacramento Kings have expressed exploratory interest in former Philadelphia 76ers general manager Sam Hinkie, according to league sources.

‎Sources told ESPN.com that Kings owner Vivek Ranadive sought and received permission directly from Sixers counterpart Josh Harris to speak with Hinkie.

Sources say Hinkie has long intrigued Ranadive, whose franchise has been thrust into a rebuilding mode not unlike Philadelphia’s status under Hinkie in the wake of trading DeMarcus Cousins to New Orleans.

Neither Hinkie’s level of interest in a position with Sacramento, nor the sort of role Ranadive envisions for Hinkie in a front office currently run by popular former Kings player Vlade Divac, was immediately known.

On Monday night, the Kings said they are not in the process of hiring Hinkie.

“The Kings are not hiring Sam Hinkie and have no plans to bring anyone in above Vlade,” the team said in a statement.

Sources say other undisclosed teams have also sought permission to speak to Hinkie, which is presently required based on the terms of the non-compete clause that took effect when he left Philadelphia in April 2016 and expires at the end of this season.
Known for the Sixers’ unintended motto of “Trust the process,” former GM Sam Hinkie’s moves during his tenure have shown some promise of payoff after years of losing in Philadelphia. Bill Streicher/USA TODAY Sports
In his biggest move yet since taking over the Kings’ basketball operations late in the 2014-15 season, Divac agreed to trade Cousins and Omri Casspi to the Pelicans on the night of this year’s All-Star Game. In return, the Kings received No. 6 overall pick Buddy Hield and a first-round pick in June from New Orleans, in addition to veteran guards Tyreke Evans and Langston Galloway and a 2017 second-round pick.

When criticized for the package he got back for an All-Star center, Divac told the Sacramento Bee in late February: “That’s my job … and I take responsibility. And I totally understand why some fans would be upset. They supported DeMarcus and I like DeMarcus a lot. But I believe we are going to be in a better position in two years.

“I want to hear again from these same people in two years. If I’m right, great. If I’m wrong, I’ll step down. But if I go down, I’m going down my way.”

The Kings will have two first-round picks in June as long as they finish in the top 10 of the lottery, thus allowing them to keep a first-rounder they would otherwise be forced to convey to Chicago as part of another trade if it lands between No. 11 and 30.

Sacramento, though, will have to swap picks with Philadelphia if the Kings fare better than the Sixers in the May lottery, thanks to one of Hinkie’s best trades in his time in Philly.

With the Kings desperate to clear salary-cap space for what turned out to be the ill-fated signings of Marco Belinelli and Rajon Rondo in free agency, Hinkie acquired the rights to swap first-round picks with Sacramento in both 2016 and 2017 as well as the Kings’ fully unprotected first-round pick in 2019 through Philadelphia’s willingness to absorb the contracts of Carl Landry and Jason Thompson.

There was no need to swap picks in 2016 with the Sixers blessed to possess the No. 1 overall pick (Ben Simmons) and the Kings coming in at No. 8.