Amid the Kings’ glut of power forwards, one who might fill a need and cost the least may not even be on the team at the end of the month.
Quincy Acy’s $915,243 salary is less than those of Jason Thompson, Carl Landry and Reggie Evans, whose combined salaries total more than $14.5 million. And that doesn’t include Derrick Williams, who plays both forward spots and is due $6.7 million this season.
The Kings have until July 26 to pick up a team option and keep Acy, whose defensive-minded approach is much needed on a team dominated by players who live by their offense.
So as Acy prepares to play on the Kings’ summer league team, he views this as an opportunity to impress more than just the Kings.
“I look at it as an opportunity, and it’s an audition for all 30 teams in the league,” he said after the Kings’ practice Wednesday at Spring Valley High School.
Acy, who came to the Kings as part of last December’s seven-player deal that brought Rudy Gay to Sacramento, averaged 2.7 points and 3.6 rebounds in 56 games. Acy remains focused on defense by showing his versatility.
At 6-foot-7, 225 pounds, Acy is small for a power forward, but he wants to use that to his advantage.
“I can guard multiple positions,” Acy said. “If coach wants to throw me out there on a three (small forward), just show my ability to guard different types of players. I think that’s what’s going to separate me. And just being able to hit a jump shot.”
Acy has spent a lot of time working on his three-point shot from the corners to help space the floor. He recognizes that with DeMarcus Cousins in the post, being able to step out and make jump shots from deep will help the offense.
The Kings have 11 players with guaranteed contracts before signing Darren Collison becomes official today. Teams have to carry at least 13 players. That also includes Jason Terry, who could still be traded or waived.
Keeping Acy would seem to be an easy, low-cost decision. Acy, however, isn’t taking the opportunity for granted.
“It’s big,” he said. “I’ve really dedicated myself to my body and this game. I think I know what it takes. I’ve really dedicated myself and tried to put all the B.S. aside and just really focus on trying to make the team.”
Et cetera – Cousins practiced with the summer league team for a third consecutive day Wednesday.• Wednesday’s evening practice featured a scrimmage against the Toronto Raptors.