The Sacramento Kings signed 5-11 point guard Jim Les to a 10-day contract to bolster its defensive backcourt.
Les, who was averaging 18 points and 11 assists with the Omaha Racers of the Continental Basketball Association, worked out with the Kings on Monday and will be in uniform for the National Basketball Association team's next game Thursday against Golden State.The Kings need a point guard who can prevent other teams from shutting down the Kings' offense with full-court pressure.
"I hope this (signing Les) solves our problem. I think it goes a long way," said coach Dick Motta. "I looked at films of him and he's a point guard. He handles the ball really well."
"The fans are going to love him," said player personnel director Jerry Reynolds. "I'll put whatever little credibility left in the world on that one. I think the players will enjoy playing with him. He's an exciting little guy."
Les, 27, was drafted by the Atlanta Hawks in the third round in 1986. The Hawks waived him that July. He has since been signed and waived by Philadelphia, Milwaukee, Utah and the Los Angeles Clippers, playing only for the Jazz and Clippers. He played 82 games for Utah in 1988-89, but was waived after the next season began. He was signed to consecutive 10-day contracts by the Clippers last season and was waived in late February.