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Kings waive Wayne Ellington


The Kings, who made just a third of their 3-point attempts, were among the NBA’s worst shooting teams from beyond the arc last season.

Nik Stauskas should help, though it’s always dangerous relying on a rookie.

Another payer who could have helped – Wayne Ellington, a solid outside shooter who began the summer with the Mavericks – won’t get the chance.

Marc Stein of ESPN:

Assuming the Kings stretched Ellington – a possibility from the moment they traded for him – his remaining salary will count against the cap twice the number of years remaining on his contract (one) plus one. That’s $923,780 each of the next three seasons.

Though that charge could be burdensome down the road, the window to stretch Ellington was now. This – rather than just waiving Ellington and eating his entire salary this season – gives Sacramento a little more leeway under the luxury tax.

Trading Jason Terry for unguaranteed contracts could also help, but this would just be extra cushion that allows more flexibility throughout this season.

Matt Barnes says he went to house because his son looked distressed

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So far, the only substantive accounts of the Matt Barnes-Derek Fisher altercation have come from anonymous sources.

The Knicks coach has deflected questions.

But Barnes is giving his account, at least of the lead-up.

Ramona Shelburne of ESPN:

It’s completely understandable that Barnes would act to ensure his children’s welfare.

And let’s say everything he said is true. It still leaves important questions unanswered.

Did Barnes – as he reportedly texted a friend he did – beat up Fisher and spit on his estranged wife, Gloria Govan? If so, why did Barnes deem that necessary to protect kids?

Gregg Popovich resting himself for Spurs game at Sacramento

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Gregg Popovich said he wouldn’t coach in July.

Apparently, he’s taking off part of October, too.

Marc J. Spears of Yahoo Sports:

It’s not that surprising to see Tim Duncan, Tony Parker, Manu Ginobili and Boris Diaw staying home. Veterans miss preseason games all the time just to rest. With the Spurs, it happens even in the regular season.

But it’s still a little strange to see the head coach sit out, even though Popovich also did it last year.

It makes sense, though. Who cares about this preseason game? If travelling less helps the 66-year-old Popovich stay fresh in the years ahead, that’s well worth it. Plus, it gets Messina a little extra experience. Some day, he might be the head coach.