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Kings Sign Sean May

In Free Agency on July 22, 2009 at 8:06 am

Sports Illustrated reports

Free-agent forward Sean May agreed in principle to a one-year contract with the Sacramento Kings on Tuesday, hoping for a fresh start for a career that has been derailed by injuries.

The Kings announced the agreement Tuesday but did not disclose terms of the contract.

Geoff Petrie added

“It’s a great opportunity for him and us as well,” Kings director of basketball operations Geoff Petrie said. “We look forward to this being a chance for him to combine his talent with his health and motivation.”

May’s best season came in 2006-07, when he averaged 11.9 points and 6.7 rebounds. He played only 35 games that season because of knee pain that led to surgery.

A quick reminder on May’s health over the past four years

May had appeared in only 82 of a possible 328 games since being picked 13th in the 2005 draft because of a lingering knee injury and conditioning problems.


It looks like a good low risk high reward signing for the Kings. Sean May is certainly a talented NBA player, or at least he was prior to the injuries. If Sacramento can help him get his career back on track, they’ll have a very good player coming off their bench next season.

Update: Some more information on the contract

The Kings signed May to a one-year deal for $884,881, the veteran minimum for a player with four years’ experience. But according to a league official who has seen the contract, $100,000 of the deal is not guaranteed. May can get that $100,000 back if he shows up on either Sept. 30 (before the start of training camp) or Oct. 27 (before the start of the season) and, at either time, weighs 265 pounds or less.

  1. I absolutely love May. I wish him the best and if he is anything like he used to be, he could really be a nice addition to Sacs young nucleus.

  2. Hello bio8, welcome to the site!

    I am a big Sean May fan too. When he was healthy, he was one of the Bobcats best players and a youngster with a lot of potential. Almost 12ppg and 7rpg in only 24 minutes a night, that’s hugely impressive. Very good offensive player and a quality rebounder, a real difference maker.

    Hopefully, May can get back to his best. It would be a shame if he couldn’t.

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