Kings notes: Contract questions remain unresolved
11/02/2013 12:00 AM
10/08/2014 10:59 AM
Some decisions – like signing DeMarcus Cousins to a contract extension – weren't hard for Kings general manager Pete D'Alessandro.
But when it came to other contract talks, decision time sneaked up on D'Alessandro too quickly.
Thursday's NBA deadline for contract extensions passed for first-round draft picks from 2010 with the Kings not coming to agreements with Patrick Patterson or Greivis Vasquez.
The Kings can make both players restricted free agents by extending qualifying offers after the season.
The Kings also declined to pick up the option on Jimmer Fredette's contract, which will make him an unrestricted free agent after the season.
D'Alessandro said there are still several "open-ended questions" about the roster that cannot be answered until more games have been played.
"It feels like we've been here for years already, but reality is June 17 is when I first came here," D'Alessandro said. "That's not a lot of time to see things."
D'Alessandro said he's seen many positives from the three players and commended how they handled the process.
He added the decisions were not a slight to the players.
"It shouldn't be seen as a negative thing," D'Alessandro said. "It's more of a continued evaluation on more of a regular timeline, which is in the summer."
The Kings will be free to reach an agreement on a new deal with any of the players July 1, 2014, when free agency begins.
Fredette being an unrestricted free agent means the Kings do not have the right to match an offer for him.
Fredette still remains perhaps the most popular King even though he hasn't consistently been in the playing rotation since joining the Kings as a first-round pick in 2011.
"With Jimmer, we spoke to him and his representatives throughout the process," D'Alessandro said. "And they're not easy decisions to make. We have these deadlines that are at an awkward time, Oct. 31, especially at a time when we just got our positions here."
Patterson, like Fredette, was on the roster when D'Alessandro was hired.
Vasquez was the first veteran acquired under D'Alessandro in a trade with New Orleans.
The Kings remain excited about what Vasquez adds and will do what they can to retain him.
"My feelings for Greivis haven't changed from the day we got him other than the fact that we had this deadline in front of us," D'Alessandro said. "We see him as a big part of what we're doing."
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