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February 19, 2009
Kings do two small deals before deadline; waive Mikki Moore

By Sam Amick

According to a league source, the Kings ended an active trade season by squeezing in one last deal before today's noon deadline.

In a three-team trade, the Kings receive Will Solomon and cash considerations from Toronto, with the Raptors acquiring Patrick O'Bryant from the Celtics and Boston getting a conditional future second round pick from the Kings. Solomon is a second-year point guard out of Clemson who has an expiring contract worth $711,517 this season. According to sources with knowledge of the situation, the Kings received approximately $500,000 in the deal for Solomon.

It was the second move made by the Kings on the final day, as they sent forward Shelden Williams and point guard Bobby Brown to Minnesota in exchange for fourth-year guard Rashad McCants and veteran big man Calvin Booth during the morning portion of the final day of trading.

On the financial front, the deal - which is done but pending league approval - takes the Kings off the hook for the $736,420 owed to Brown next season (player option) while giving them two players who have expiring contracts in McCants ($2.6 million, restricted free agent this summer) and Booth ($1.1 million). On the floor, McCants enters as a fiery addition to the backcourt who will be looking to breathe new life into his career in Sacramento after falling out of the TImberwolves' rotation this season. The 6-foot-4, North Carolina product who was drafted 14th overall in 2005 scored a season-high 23 points at New York on Dec. 26, but has struggled to find minutes or make an impact otherwise. Booth hasn't played this season.

With Williams and Brown leaving Sacramento, they become the latest Kings experiments that simply didn't pay off. Brown was signed last summer as a hot commodity, an undrafted point guard out of Cal State Fullerton who played one season in Germany and drew league-wide interest during July's summer league in Las Vegas in which he flourished while playing with New Orleans. Yet even with Kings starting point guard Beno Udrih struggling this season, Brown didn't pan out as Kings basketball president Geoff Petrie hoped.

Williams was the No. 5 pick out of Duke in the 2006 draft who came to the Kings from Atlanta on Feb. 16, 2008, in the trade that sent Mike Bibby to the Hawks. The Kings had hoped he would prove his critics wrong in Sacramento, but he struggled to find playing time and had little impact during his stay.

The Kings had a late flurry of action during trade season, trading Brad Miller and John Salmons to Chicago on Wednesday in exchange for forwards Andres Nocioni, Drew Gooden, Cedric Simmons and Michael Ruffin. Ruffin was then sent to Portland for forward Ike Diogu. In a phone interview with The Bee on Thursday, he said he will fly to Sacramento on Friday and plans on playing in Saturday's game at Dallas. The players must still pass physicals for the deal to be finalized.

On an active day for the Kings in which they narrowly missed out on a deal that would have sent forward Kenny Thomas to New York for point guard Nate Robinson and forward Jared Jeffries, they also waived forward Mikki Moore. The veteran had only $2 million guaranteed of his $6.2 million salary for next season if he was cut by June 20.

"I'm kind of glad that I'm leaving Sacramento because I thought that I was going to make a home here," Moore said by phone. "Especially after having a good season in New Jersey, I thought that they wanted me and needed me here. So I was looking forward to retiring here, but it just didn't work out that way.
"(But) these are the last years of my career, so I've got to get somewhere where I'm wanted. I'm looking forward to doing something."

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