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The Sacramento Kings have signed Eric Moreland – a defensive revelation in NBA summer league – to a three-year contract, multiple league sources told RealGM.
Moreland provided an active, shot-blocking force for the Kings’ summer league team this month in Las Vegas, and the 6-foot-10 forward averaged 3.5 points, 8.8 rebounds and 2.7 blocks in 19.2 minutes per game. After summer league play, DeMarcus Cousins expressed a desire for Sacramento to sign Moreland.
Several teams, including the Golden State Warriors and New York Knicks, had interest in a free agent deal with Moreland. Still, Moreland and the Kings negotiated toward a contract over the weekend and into the week, and both sides agreed to terms on Tuesday.
Moreland showed versatility in ball handling and defending during the NBA pre-draft process, but went undrafted and reached a summer league agreement with the Kings.
Moreland, 22, was an early entry candidate as a redshirt junior at Oregon State University, where he averaged 8.9 points, 10.2 rebounds, nearly two blocks and one assist a season ago.
Omri Casspi is expected to become a free agent once he is waived by the New Orleans Pelicans.
Casspi played for the Houston Rockets this past season.
“My agent (Dan Fegan) is talking with a number of teams, and the Kings are one of them," said Casspi. "Couldn’t they use a stretch forward who can hit a three and loves to run? I think I could help, and it would be fun to play with Rudy (Gay), DeMarcus (Cousins), J.T. I still have a lot of friends there. I would love to come back and fulfill my path. But now I have to concentrate on the national team, and maybe, I can get some of this pressure off my chest.”
The Sacramento Kings continue to pursue a trade for Josh Smith with the Detroit Pistons.
The Kings are attempting to find a third team to engage in trade talks to help facilitate the deal.
Talks have centered around Jason Thompson and either Derrick Williams or Jason Terry to the Pistons for Smith.
Skeptics question whether the Kings could gamble on trying to fit Smith in alongside DeMarcus Cousins and Rudy Gay. The Kings like the idea of acquiring Smith because it wouldn't make them part with any players in their long-term plans.
Rudy Gay opted into his $19.3 million player option with the Sacramento Kings for the 14-15 season and is in no rush to sign an extension.
The Kings are interested in signing Gay to an extension, but he would like to see how the team develops.
“I don’t want to create a big fuss like it was before, but I’m taking my time,” Gay said. “I’m open to doing things, but I really want to see where the organization is going.”
Gay said he would have tested the market if he would have opted for free agency this summer.
“If I was going to opt out, I was definitely going to look at my options on different teams,” Gay said. “But with me opting in, I’m not saying no extension is going to happen. I’m just trying to see where we’re going as a team and how we plan on getting better.”
Clearing NBA free agency waivers after his release from the Toronto Raptors, Julyan Stone has started strong discussions with the Philadelphia 76ers, Sacramento Kings and Milwaukee Bucks on a new deal, a league source told RealGM.
Stone, one of the tallest pure point guards at 6-foot-7, averaged one point and one rebound in 21 games for the Raptors a season ago.
Stone remains a possibility for the Raptors, a source said.