Fellow Kings fans, I know it’s been awhile since my last post, but I’ll make up for it with an interesting developing story.
The newly proposed ‘Amnesty clause’ would allow teams to cut a player whom they believe to be overpaid or unneeded, without having to pay the rest of their salary.
This is big news to teams who have signed players to big contracts, only to see them under-perform (i.e. Rashard Lewis, Wizards). Thankfully, the Kings aren’t one of those teams, but there are two players on the roster who ESPN’s Marc Stein and Chad Ford believe could fall victim to this clause:
Newcomers Jimmer Fredette and Tyler Honeycutt can pretty much do what Garcia was brought in for – perimeter shooting (Jimmer) and wing defending (Honeycutt). The addition of these rookies to an already youthful roster makes Garcia somewhat expendable. Look for the Kings to find a worthwhile trade for Garcia, or exercise this amnesty clause.
This one had me scratching my head a little bit. Yes, Salmons is overpaid for his services, but he can prove to be a valuable veteran leader for this team, with a higher skill set than Garcia. I don’t think the Kings expected Honeycutt to fall into their lap when they traded for Salmons, but the veteran could find his niche on this squad with consistent perimeter shooting, solid defending, and by mentoring the young Honeycutt.