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 Sacramento Kings are waiving forward Eric Moreland, league sources tell RealGM. Moreland has guarantee date approaching.— Shams Charania (@ShamsCharania) July 29, 2015
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.