Kings notes: Still some work to do on players' contracts

Published: Saturday, Oct. 26, 2013 - 12:00 am | Page 4C
Last Modified: Saturday, Oct. 26, 2013 - 3:20 pm

LOS ANGELES – Taking care of DeMarcus Cousins with a contract extension was an easy decision for Kings management.

But there remain more decisions on deals for three Kings.

The deadline for first-round picks from the 2010 draft class to receive contract extensions is Oct. 31, and the Kings still have two players eligible for new deals, Greivis Vasquez and Patrick Patterson.

The team also has to decide whether to pick up the option on Jimmer Fredette's contract for the 2014-15 season.

Vasquez and Patterson are eligible for contract extensions that would begin with the 2014-15 season and could sign for as many as five years.

The Kings could opt not to sign either player and make them qualifying offers after the season and make them restricted free agents.

"We're still looking at things and evaluating before making a decision," said general manager Pete D'Alessandro. "… I think there's some spirited conversations going on about all the guys near the deadline."

Cousins' extension was for four years and $62 million. An extension for Vasquez or Patterson would be worth considerably less.

A qualifying offer for Patterson would be worth $4.3 million as the 14th pick in the 2010 draft. Vasquez, the 28th pick in 2010, would have a qualifying offer worth $3.3 million.

Fredette's option for 2014-15 is for $3.3 million.

Set for opener? – The Kings are at the league maximum 15 players after waiving guard Trent Lockett on Thursday before the team traveled to Los Angeles for its preseason finale against the Clippers.

If the roster stands, training camp invitee Hamady Ndiaye will have made the team, an unlikely scenario at the start of training camp.

Ndiaye, a third-year player from Rutgers, is the kind of athletic, shot-blocking big man the Kings lack. And with Carl Landry out three to four months after hip surgery, the Kings could use another interior player.

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