The Cleveland Cavaliers have interest in trading for George Hill but they want protection against his contract if LeBron James leaves in the offseason.
Hill is guaranteed $19 million next season and $1 millon out of $18 million the following season.
The Cavaliers had held talks with the Kings involving Iman Shumpert and Channing Frye.
"George Hill, they didn’t want to buy him out this year," said Brian Windhorst. "What they wanted to do was protect themselves in the event that, if LeBron James left, whether George Hill would be willing to take a buyout on the $20 million he’s owed on his contract after this season."