Seth Curry's signing by Vlade Divac seemed to signal that after a frenetic few weeks, the Kings were finally done adding players to the roster. With Curry and the recent signings of Duje Dukan and Quincy Acy, Sacramento has 16 players under contract, or one more than league rules allow at the start of the season.
Eric Pincus of the Los Angeles Times tweeted the following contract tidbits yesterday regarding the Sacramento Kings:
Caron Butler, Quincy Acy & Seth Curry each have min contracts guaranteed, wiith player options 2nd yrs @BBallInsiders Sacramento Kings— Eric Pincus (@EricPincus) July 24, 2015
Duje Dukan's rookie year is fully guaranteed at the min ($525k), 2nd year min guaranteed TBD @BBallInsiders Sacramento Kings— Eric Pincus (@EricPincus) July 24, 2015
When the Kings sign Dukan, Shams Charania reported that there were "modest guarantees" in his contract. I had taken that to mean that Dukan had signed what would amount to a training camp deal. Instead, Dukan's contract is fully guaranteed, meaning he will be on the Kings roster come opening day. Dukan's contract guarantee means the Kings have 14 players with guaranteed contracts on the roster. The two who don't are David Stockton and Eric Moreland.
Stockton's contract doesn't become guaranteed until January 10th, meaning the Kings can cut him at any time before that date and not owe him the rest of the money on his contract. Moreland's guarantee date however is just around the corner on August 1st. That doesn't necessarily mean much; The Kings and Moreland can extend that date forward (like say, through camp) if they both agree to it, and since Vlade has said he expects to see Moreland in camp, I could see that scenario happening. However if nothing is agreed to, the Kings could make the hard choice of cutting Moreland sometime in the next week to avoid eating about $800k in salary if they decide to cut Moreland at a later date.
The Kings will probably bring on a few more players for training camp and preseason. Sean Cunningham reports that the Kings will probably be bringing UC Davis' Corey Hawkins into camp. Hawkins was on Sacramento's Summer League roster but didn't play a game due to an ankle sprain suffered during practice. Still, he impressed enough at the mini-camp and during his Pre-Draft workout that the Kings are intrigued by him. I could also see Sim Bhullar coming back for another go-round, and maybe DeAndre Liggins, another standout from Sacramento's summer league squad. Heck, even Luc Mbah a Moute could be back in the mix, as James Ham reports the Kings are still interested, despite his failed physical.
In the end we're talking about a spot on the end of the Kings bench, and an almost certain D-League stint. It's not huge in the grand scheme of things, but it's still interesting to see who might make the final roster of this vastly different Sacramento Kings team.