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Report: Kings to land Montreal-born guard Duarte

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Montreal-born Chris Duarte is on the move.

The Athletic's Shams Charania reports the Sacramento Kings are close to acquiring the guard from the Indiana Pacers in exchange for draft compensation.

Duarte, 26, appeared in 46 games for the Pacers last season, starting 12 of them. He averaged 7.9 points on .369 shooting, 2.5 boards and 1.4 assists over 19.5 minutes a night. Duarte's season was hampered by a number of injuries, including an ankle sprain that sidelined him for several weeks.

Originally taken with the 13th overall selection of the 2021 NBA Draft out of Oregon, Duarte enjoyed a strong rookie campaign that saw him average 13.1 PPG and earn a place on the 2021-2022 NBA All-Rookie Team.