HECTOR AMEZCUA / hamezcua@sacbee.com

The roles of Jimmer Fredette, a reserve guard, and John Salmons (5), who started at small forward last season, remain unclear.

Kings notes: Salmons isn't waived at amnesty deadline

Published: Wednesday, Jul. 17, 2013 - 12:00 am | Page 2C
Last Modified: Wednesday, Jul. 17, 2013 - 5:11 pm

LAS VEGAS – John Salmons and his $7.6 million salary aren't leaving Sacramento in the immediate future.

Tuesday night's deadline for teams to use the amnesty provision to shed salary passed without the Kings waiving the veteran swingman.

For the first five years of the NBA's collective bargaining agreement signed after the 2010-11 season, teams can waive one of their players whose contract was in effect before the 2011-12 season.

That salary would not count against the salary cap or for luxury tax purposes. The team still pays the waived player, but he is free to join another team, with his former club paying the difference in salary.

Teams under the cap can bid on an amnestied player. If he clears waivers with no bids, he becomes an unrestricted free agent.

Speculation about whether the Kings would use the provision on Salmons had persisted since last offseason. He struggled during the 2011-12 season, but the Kings weren't in a position financially to waive him and pay players to replace him.

The Kings were looking to improve at Salmons' small forward spot this offseason and traded for Luc Mbah a Moute.

"I think we're comfortable with what we've done so far," general manager Pete D'Alessandro said. "We're not done by any means, but we're looking long term."

Salmons is still valuable as a scoring complement to Mbah a Moute and as a tradeable commodity. He has a $1 million buyout if his team does not pick up his option for the 2014-15 season.

Teams might want to trade for Salmons simply to buy him out and have space under the cap. The Kings could keep him and do the same.

Pursuing another big – The Kings are in the market for another center, one with size who would help protect the rim. They met with former top overall pick Greg Oden this week and have an interest in Denver restricted free agent Timofey Mozgov.

Ideally, the Kings would enter the season with 14 roster spots and one open for a transaction during the season. Once rookie Ray McCallum's contract is official, they will have 14 players with guaranteed deals.

D'Alessandro said if the right player becomes available, he's not opposed to filling the 15th slot.

"If there's a player that comes along who really does make a lot of sense, you don't hesitate to pull the trigger," D'Alessandro said.

Pursuing Mozgov would be tough. The Nuggets likely would match any offer for him considering they have only one other experienced center, JaVale McGee. The Kings also would have had to amnesty Salmons to present an offer sheet lucrative enough to entice Mozgov, so a sign-and-trade or trade for another player are more feasible options.

Tournament time – The tournament portion of summer league begins today. The Kings (0-3) are guaranteed to play at least five games.

Follow The Bee's Jason Jones on Twitter @mr_jasonjones and read more about the team at www.sacbee.com/kings.

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