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Jeremy Tyler, acquired from Knicks, to be waived by Kings

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The Kings trading for Wayne Ellington and Jeremy Tyler was purely about salary-cap management.

Ellington has already been stretched, and Tyler – whose minimum salary is fully unguaranteed until Sept. 15 – will soon be cut, too.

Jason Jones of The Sacramento Bee:

Keith Schlosse of TheKnicksBlog:

A source informs and that New York would have in fact waived Tyler themselves when the time came if he hadn’t been dealt to Sacramento instead.

Dropping Tyler will bring the Kings to 15 players, including Omri Casspi, who has yet to officially sign but will. That list also includes three undrafted players Sacramento signed to small or no guarantees – shot-blocker Eric Moreland, 7-foot-5 Sim Bhullar and speedy guard Deonte Burton.

The Kings could still waive any or all of those three and add veterans, but there’s room to compete for a roster spot. Maybe Sacramento finally realizes trying to win now in the loaded Western Conference is futile, and a little rebuilding – like trying to unearth a diamond in the rough – is the best course.

Greg Smith fails physical, will not join Pelicans

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With both starter Omer Asik and backup Alexis Ajinca out injured for the rest of the preseason (and maybe a little longer), the Pelicans are looking for a center to put next to Anthony Davis for a stretch. That could include a handful of regular season games.

Greg Smith was going to be that man, but the 24-year-old failed his physical, reports the Times-Picayune.

The New Orleans Pelicans were set to sign power forward Greg Smith, but sources said Friday night that he failed his physical examination and will not be joining the team.

And so the search goes on.

The problem is, there are not quality big men still out there on the market, there is a limited supply and just about anyone worth having is spoken for. A few with non-guaranteed contracts may be waived as we get closer to the end of training camps, but that is likely a couple of weeks away.

With both Asik and Ajinca expected back in a few weeks, it’s not worth making a trade or some big move to bring in a center, the Pelicans are just going to have to live with what is out there.

Kevin Durant with huge dunk on visiting Fenerbahce Ulker

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Welcome to America, Fenerbahce Ulker.

The Turkish powerhouse was in America playing some exhibition games this preseason, and they got a first-hand reminder that Kevin Durant is back. KD had 13 points in the Thunder’s easy 111-81 win.

Not to be outdone, Russell Westbrook got in on the act.