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Kings waive Marshall Henderson, Vince Hunter

Marshall Henderson

Marshall Henderson


In filling their training-camp roster, the Kings made a splashy signing (Marshall Henderson) and a smart signing (Vince Hunter).

But neither will last to the regular season.

Kings release:

The Sacramento Kings announced today they have waived Marshall Henderson and Vince Hunter, according to Kings Vice President and General Manager Vlade Divac.

Hunter ($30,000) and Henderson ($25,000) both received small guarantees. Presumably, those were in part to entice the players to sign in the D-League. The Kings can assign them to their affiliate, the Reno Bighorns – but Hunter and Henderson will remain NBA free agents if they clear waivers.

I’d be shocked if someone claims Henderson, who went undrafted last year. At 6-foot-2, he’s an undersized shooting guard without the passing ability to become a point guard. He doesn’t score efficiently enough inside the arc, either. Plus, he’s already 25 and has a history of off-court problems. He was fun to watch at Mississippi, but NBA teams aren’t enamored.

Hunter, just 21, has a better chance of enticing a team if its end-of-roster players failed to impress in the preseason. He went undrafted out of UTEP this year, but the forward rebounds well and can defend multiple positions.

Most likely, though, both wind up in Reno.

This leaves Sacramento with 16 players, one more than the regular-season roster limit. Eric Moreland ($200,000 guaranteed) and David Stockton (unguaranteed), the only two Kings without guaranteed salaries, are probably vying for that final spot. Moreland’s bigger guarantee and Sacramento’s point guard depth ahead of Stockton (Rajon Rondo, Darren Collison and Seth Curry) suggests Moreland will win the competition.