Kings set to waive veteran forward Anthony Tolliver
Despite still being in the early days of their offseason, the Sacramento Kings are already starting to make some moves with their lineup. It has recently been reported that the team will be parting ways with veteran forward Anthony Tolliver, to create more cap space which can benefit them in the future.
With June 1 being a big date for teams who plan to waive some players, the Kings decided to let go of the 32-year-old Creighton product. As they continue to move in the direction of rebuilding with young talent, which is something they’ve already started following the surprising trade they made with the New Orleans Pelicans this past February, involving DeMarcus Cousins.
The team is also looking to use the NBA’s stretch provision to allow them to divide the partially owed salary of $2 million to Tolliver this year, and stretch it to three years. This will enable them to only add around $667,000 in their books, and create room for potential signings they may make during that time, according to Eric Pinus of Basketball Insiders.
Tolliver, who has been a journeyman throughout his NBA career, spent only one season in Sacramento after signing with them last summer. He appeared in 65 games and averaged 7.1 points, 3.7 rebounds and 1.2 assists in 22.7 minutes off the bench.
Another player from the team with a similar contract situation as Tolliver is Arron Afflalo. However, his guarantee date isn’t until June 23, which could mean the Kings still have time to decide to pick it up or package him in a deal that could even be completed during draft night.
Also it was ironically Tolliver’s 32nd birthday the day the Kings waived him.