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Sacramento Kings add Ryan Hollins, Omri Casspi

Increasing their stockpile of spare parts, the Sacramento Kings signed Ryan Hollins and Omri Casspi to one-year free agent contracts, the team announced Thursday.

Hollins, 28, has carved out a niche as a reserve center since being drafted 50th overall out of UCLA by the Charlotte Bobcats in 2007. At 7-foot, the lanky and intense journeyman is reliable for putbacks and committed rim protection. While only averaging half a block per game for his career, Hollins has produced 1.6 blocks per 36 minutes in his career and earned 2.6 blocks per 36 minutes last season with the Los Angeles Clippers. In addition to the Bobcats and Clippers, the big played for the Dallas Mavericks, Minnesota Timberwolves (who signed him to a three-year, $7 million deal in 2009), Cleveland Cavaliers and Boston Celtics. Hollins provides the Kings much-needed interior defense alongside Eric Moreland and DeMarcus Cousins.

Casspi, 26, was Sacramento’s 23rd overall pick in 2009 and has been largely considered a disappointment. Beyond being the first Isreali-born draftee in league history, he has established himself merely as an inconsistent shooter, albeit decent three-baller. Casspi’s best NBA season came as a rookie when he averaged 10.3 points, 4.5 rebounds and 44.6 percent shooting in 25.1 minutes per game, but a sophomore slump resulted in his trade to Clevaland in 2011. In his lone stint with the Houston Rockets last year, the 6-foot-9 forward produced 6.9 points, 3.7 rebounds and 0.9 threes in 18 minutes a contest. Initially Casspi will likely be buried on the depth chart.

Photo Credit: Richard Mackson / USA TODAY Sports

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Rui Thomas is an NFL and NBA aficionado whose credits include Yahoo! Sports, FanNation, GoldenGateSports and Radiosurvivor.com. He also owns the Theruination.net. Rui sympathizes with every West Coast team.

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