The Kings waived Eric Moreland in late July rather than guaranteeing his full salary.
They haven’t signed anyone since.
So – after Moreland explored contracts with the Pistons and Lakers – Sacramento will bring him back.
Shams Charania of RealGM:
The Kings still have the $2,814,000 room exception available, so it’s possible they’ll pay him more than they would have simply by guaranteeing his previous contract. But – unless they went overboard on this new deal – the flexibility provided by having him off the books for a month would justify the deal. Even though they didn’t sign anybody else, process trumps results (a test Sacramento has too often failed lately).
Moreland, an intriguing shot-blocker and rebounder, will likely compete with point guard David Stockton (unguaranteed) for the final roster spot behind the 14 Kings with guaranteed salaries. Moreland’s guarantee, ability and position give him the edge.
Sacramento doesn’t exactly need another big man behind DeMarcus Cousins, Kosta Koufos and Willie Cauley-Stein. But Rajon Rondo, Darren Collison and Seth Curry seem to have point guard covered.
The Kings can always bring more players to training camp, but at this point, Moreland appears likely to make the regular-season roster.
Cavaliers wing Iman Shumpert posted on Instagram that he’s expecting a daughter.
Her name? Iman Tayla Shumpert Jr.
Iman can definitely be a girl’s name. When I search for “Iman,” the top result is a female model.
Yes, it seems a little weird Shumpert would give his daughter his first name. But nobody asked me.
J.R. Smith declined a player option that would have guaranteed him a $6,399,750 salary for this season alone.
Instead, he settled for a contract that guarantees him just $4.15 million over the next two years.
But that’s a little misleading. Another $3 million of his salary this season will become guaranteed Monday.
Eric Pincus of Twitter:
Pincus appears to be rounding Smith’s 2016-17 salary. If Smith has a base salary of exactly $5 million this season, the most Smith could make next season, which follows a player option, is $5,375,000. That would mean precisely 40% of Smith’s salary is guaranteed each season – which is important.
The percentage of a player’s base salary that is guaranteed in an option year must match the preceding season. It seems not fully guaranteeing Smith’s salary this season was just a workaround so the Cavaliers could guarantee less next season.
It’s nearly a formality Smith will get his entire $5 million this season. He just has to make it to Monday without Cleveland preferring paying him $4.15 million to go away rather than keeping him. That’d be a stunning reversal days after he signs.
I wonder how Smith will spend his weekend.