Here's some bad news for fans hoping that Seth Curry would be returning to Sacramento. The Kings have reportedly rescinded their Qualifying Offer to the sharpshooting guard, allowing him to become an unrestricted free agent. That means the Kings cannot match offers that Curry receives on the open market anymore.
From Adrian Wojnarowski:
Sources on @TheVertical: Sacramento plans to rescind the qualifying offer on Seth Curry, allowing guard to become unrestricted free agent.— Adrian Wojnarowski (@WojVerticalNBA) July 3, 2016
The number of Sacramento guards made a return unappealing, and team will allow Curry an easier route as an UFA to finding new team.— Adrian Wojnarowski (@WojVerticalNBA) July 3, 2016
The signing of Garrett Temple already made it unlikely that Sacramento would be bringing back Curry, but this basically seals the deal. Curry had a good year for the Kings but suffered injury at inopportune times that might have helped solidify a long term role with the franchise. By allowing him to become an unrestricted free agent, the Kings are both freeing up some cap space for themselves and giving Curry a better chance of signing somewhere where he can potentially get a better opportunity (something that seems unlikely in Sacramento if the Kings are intent on developing Malachi Richardson and Isaiah Cousins instead).
Curry definitely showed he has a place in the NBA last season, shooting 45% from three despite inconsistent minutes and an inconsistent role in George Karl's offense. I know there are a lot of fans who wished to see him back in a Kings uniform next season, but it appears as if that hope is fading (even though this decision doesn't necessarily preclude the Kings from re-signing him).
Best of luck to Seth wherever he lands next.