The Kings reached an agreement with third-year forward Quincy Acy and his agent to extend the deadline to guarantee his salary for next season until Aug. 15.
The deadline had been Saturday and without the extension the Kings were considering declining the option. The agreement allows the Kings to explore ways to shed salary and still retain Acy, who would be due $915,243 next season. His salary would put the Kings about $2 million from the luxury-tax line of $76.829 million.
The Kings like Acy because he is a willing defender and a good fit in the locker room. Though undersize for a power forward at 6-foot-7, Acy can be a tenacious rebounder and he has improved his offense by extending his shooting range to the three-point line.
Acy averaged 2.7 points, 3.6 rebounds and 14 minutes in 56 games after coming to the Kings along with Rudy Gay and Aaron Gray from Toronto in December.
The Kings also are interested in Omri Casspi, their former first-round pick who was waived by New Orleans on Wednesday. Casspi could play either forward spot and give the Kings more shooting from the perimeter.