Report: Langston Galloway opting out of Kings contract

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Langston Galloway parlayed the strong start to his NBA career with the Knicks into a contract, quite lucrative for someone who went undrafted just two years prior, with his hometown Pelicans.

But he was a throw-in in the DeMarcus Cousins trade and finished the year toiling for the Kings.

Now, rather than lock into a $5,434,000 salary for next season, he’s hitting the open market.

Michael Scotto of Basketball Insiders:

The Kings can make Galloway a restricted free agent by extending him a $6.5 million qualifying offer. They might rather just let him become unrestricted and open additional cap space.

I wonder whether he banked on the qualifying offer as his salary floor. Perhaps, like many before him, he just wants to escape “basketball hell,” even at a financial cost.

Galloway is a 3-and-D combo guard who can play either backcourt position on both ends of the floor. He’s better at shooting guard offensively and point guard defensively, so it’s a tricky fit to maximize him. But plenty of teams could use him one way or another.

At 25, Galloway is in his prime earning years. It seems someone should value him as a rotation player.