Joseph agreed Monday with the Kings on a three-year, $37 million contract, Chris Haynes of Yahoo Sports reports. The third year of the deal contains a partial guarantee, per Sam Amick of The Athletic. With career per-36-minute averages of 11.6 points, 4.7 assists, 4.3 rebounds and 1.3 steals, Joseph doesn't boast a fantasy-friendly profile, but he was able to land a multi-year deal thanks to his effective perimeter defense and ability to fit into multiple lineups as a supporting player. He'll likely step in as the top backup to third-year point guard De'Aaron Fox while occasionally playing alongside him in an off-ball role. Joseph's arrival in Sacramento likely harms Yogi Ferrell and Frank Mason's chances of earning regular spots in coach Luke Walton's rotation.
Joseph finished with 12 points (5-9 FG, 2-4 3Pt), four assists and three rebounds over 19 minutes in the Pacers' loss to the Nets on Sunday. Joseph finished with his first double-digit scoring effort since Mar. 2 in Sunday's loss. He was relegated to the bench after three straight starts and saw his point total rise and assist total fall from his recent production. He's made very minimal contributions this season primarily off the bench, and his 12-point performance was certainly an outlier.
Joseph will start at point guard Monday night against the Pistons. With Darren Collison (groin) already ruled out for the contest, Joseph will be the next man up, although he's been unimpressive in the past when given opportunities to join the first unit. The Texas product is averaging 3.0 points, 3.3 assists and 3.7 steals in his previous three starts.
Joseph will come off the bench Wednesday against the Thunder, Jeremiah Johnson of Fox Sports Indiana reports. With Darren Collison (quad) back in the starting five, Joseph will head to the bench. Across 68 games as a reserve, he's averaging 7.0 points, 3.8 assists, 3.5 rebounds and 1.0 steal in 25.0 minutes.
Joseph, who tallied just two points (1-7 FG, 0-2 3Pt), three assists, two rebounds and one block across 28 minutes in the Pacers' 112-89 loss to the Warriors on Thursday, has averaged 3.5 points, 3.5 assists, 1.0 rebound and 3.5 steals across 24.0 minutes in consecutive starts for Darren Collison (quadriceps). As can often be the case when second-unit players vault temporarily into the starting five, Joseph's production has been lacking while going up against stiffer competition and sharing the floor with more talented teammates. The 27-year-old guard has continued to excel on the defensive end with a three-game streak of multiple steals, helping salvage his lines to an extent. Joseph has actually been in a month-long funk scoring-wise, as he hasn't posted a double-digit point tally since March 2. If Collison is unable to suit up Sunday versus the Nuggets, Joseph could draw a third straight spot start.
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