NBA Free Agency: Kings' updated salary cap outlook following trade for Luc Richard Mbah a Moute

Jeff Hanisch-USA TODAY Sports

The Kings agreed to another trade on Tuesday, so let's look at an updated cap sheet.

The Kings picked up Luc Richard Mbah a Moute for a couple of (deep) future second-round picks on Tuesday, according to multiple reports. That plus the signing of Carl Landry pretty much taps out the Kings' cap space for 2013, though there are reports that Sacramento is looking to move a guard (potentially Marcus Thornton) or may amnesty John Salmons to open up space for free agent Monta Ellis. We'll see.

In the meantime, this is what the cap sheet looks like for the next two years, with the caveat that we're guesstimating on how Landry's deal will be structured. It could be frontloaded with a decreasing salary, or evened out. Also including just guaranteed money on Salmons (relevant for 2014-15) and not including Ray McCallum or a 2014 first-round pick. I did include Jimmer's currently unguaranteed $3.1 million salary for 2014-15, which doesn't need to be decided on until preseason. Unlisted but added in is the $674,000 cap hit this season from the Aaron Brooks buy-out. Figures on existing players pulled from ShamSports.com, which you should always consult for NBA salary information. ShamSports!

Player 2013-14 2014-15
Ben McLemore $2.4M $2.5M
DeMarcus Cousins $4.9M --
Isaiah Thomas $884K --
Jason Thompson $5.6M $6M
Luc Richard Mbah a Moute $4.6M $4.4M
Marcus Thornton $8M $8.6M
John Salmons $7.6M $1M
Greivis Vasquez $2.1M --
Patrick Patterson $3.1M --
Carl Landry $6.1M $6.4M
Travis Outlaw $3M $3M
Chuck Hayes $5.7M $6M
Jimmer Fredette $2.4M $3.1M
TOTAL $57M $41M


That 2014-15 salary includes eight players on the roster since Salmons would need to be waived to lose the other $6 million of his salary. It also, of course, doesn't include any of those (many) restricted free agents: Vasquez, Thomas, Cousins and Patterson. The way things currently look, whether or not the teams can turn Thornton into Ellis, the Kings won't have much space after locking up Cousins, if the team locks up Cousins. Trading Hayes or Thompson could allow enough space for a player just above the mid-level after accounting for a lottery pick. (That's not a pessimistic statement, just a conservative one.)

One thing to note for this season: using the amnesty clause on Salmons leaves the team with just two passable small forwards: Mbah a Moute and Outlaw. And both might be better as small fours. Hello, three-guard lineups!

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