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.
The Kings, despite their macro problems, continue to make good micro moves.
Shams Charania of RealGM:
I rated Hunter a high second-rounder. The forward rebounds very well and can capably guard multiple positions. His offense is a work in progress. He’s hardly a can’t-miss prospect, but he’s worth this small gamble.
As Sacramento’s roster stands now, Hunter would likely make the regular-season roster. The Kings have 16 players, including David Stockton (unguaranteed). Considering most teams carry three point guards and he’s behind Rajon Rondo, Darren Collison and Seth Curry, Stockton is the most likely cut. Sacramento could also consider waiving Duje Dukan or even Seth Curry (guaranteed minimum salaries) if both Stockton and Hunter play well in training camp.
The Kings also have the $2,814,000 room exception (Carlos Boozer?), which could push Hunter down the totem pole. If they waive him, they could assign his D-League rights to their affiliate.
Either way, at this cost, Hunter is a nice addition.
The Kings signed undrafted Eric Moreland last summer, and he got his salary guaranteed because he suffered a season-ending injury.
Now faced again with whether or not to pay him – Moreland has an Aug. 1 guarantee date – Sacramento is cutting him loose.
Shams Charania of RealGM:
The Kings will have 15 players – the regular-season limit – including David Stockton, whose deal is unguaranteed with no guarantee date. Everyone else – including recently signed James Anderson, Quincy Acy, Seth Curry and Duje Dukan – have fully guaranteed salaries for next season.
I’m a bit surprised Sacramento didn’t keep Moreland with the intention of waiving Stockton later. But the Kings still have the $2,814,000 room exception, and they had to act on Moreland now. If they sign another veteran, they might wind up waiving both Moreland and Stockton.
Sacramento’s big-man rotation just became too crowded with DeMarcus Cousins, Kosta Koufos and Willie-Cauley Stein ahead of Moreland.
Moreland – a good shot-blocker and rebounder – could benefit from this move. Because he’s on a minimum contract, any team can claim him on waivers (preference given to the worst team last season among claimants). Presumably, that team would offer a clearer path to playing time for Moreland, who has another unguaranteed year on his contract after this one.
The Kings have signed David Stockton, son of Hall of Fame point guard and all-time NBA assists and steals leader John Stockton, to a contract through next season, the team announced in a press release:
The Sacramento Kings announced today that the team has signed David Stockton through the 2015-16 season. The Kings had previously signed Stockton to a 10-day contract on February 20.
A day later, Stockton made his NBA debut at the STAPLES Center against the Los Angeles Clippers. He recorded one point (0-2 FG, 1-1 FT), two rebounds and one assist in seven minutes off the bench in his lone appearance with the Kings.
Stockton, a 5-11, 165-pound guard, averaged 20.1 points (.461 FG%, .398 3pt%, .824 FT%), 4.2 rebounds, 9.4 assists, 2.5 steals and 30.5 minutes per game in 43 contests of which he started 38 for the Sacramento Kings NBA D-League affiliate Reno Bighorns in 2014-15. Stockton recorded two triple-doubles, a 36-point, 10-rebound, 14-assist performance against Idaho on March 22 and a 26-point, 10-rebound, 15-assist effort vs. Bakersfield on March 31. Eight times he scored 30 or more points, including a career-high 44 points on March 4 vs. Rio Grande. He had 21 point-assist double-doubles, including a 37-point, 22-assist game against Texas on March 6. Among D-League leaders, he ranked 11th in scoring, third in assists and second in steals per game. Undrafted, Stockton was selected by the Maine Red Claws in the third round of the 2014 NBA Development League Draft on November 1, 2014. He was later traded to the Reno Bighorns on draft night.
Like his father, Hall of Fame guard John Stockton, he played collegiately at Gonzaga (2010-11 – 2013-14).
Stockton will probably get plenty of opportunity to play in the Kings’ final three games of the year, and he’ll have a chance to earn a spot in the rotation next year after Summer League and training camp.
Bradley Beal will miss part of the regular season after injuring his wrist, and Glen Rice Jr. might not be ready for the opener, either.
The Wizards are up the creek without a paddle at shooting guard.
None of their candidates on non-guaranteed contracts have lit the world on fire. They’ve already waived David Stockton and Vander Blue, though Rasual Butler and Xavier Silas remain in contention for a roster spot. Washington is even considering playing Otto Porter at shooting guard.
How about some outside help?
Marc Stein of ESPN:
J. Michael of CSNWashington.com confirmed that report that Lucas will be brought on board.
The 5-foot-11 Lucas is a point guard, so perhaps his signing suggests Washington will use some two-point guard lineups while Beal and Rice are out. John Wall and Andre Miller would keep the ball moving, though they’d have to prove they can make enough jumpers to keep the floor spread.
Lucas spent this offseason getting shuffled around as an unguaranteed contract, being traded from the Jazz to the Cavaliers then the Cavaliers to the Celtics, who waived him just before training camp.
Lucas, 31, has fallen considerably since he played useful minutes off the bench for the Bulls in 2011-12. With the Raptors two years ago and Utah last year, his production has steadily declined. I’d guess he’s on another minimum contract, so the Wizards aren’t necessarily tied to him.
While their guards are out, though, Lucas is another option.