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July 17, 2009
Sean May may be coming this way (and Gates officially added)

It could be days or perhaps weeks, but it appears likely that the news of Sean May joining the Kings will eventually transpire.

It could still fall through, but there are strong indications that the fifth-year, 6-foot-9 forward will be added to the Kings' roster on a one-year deal worth the league minimum for veterans of $884,881. The Kings would get a slight discount on the deal ($59,384) per the league's collective bargaining agreement, as the league helps foot the bill on veteran's minimum deals that are just one season. In the end, the Kings would pay $825,497 of May's salary.

"There is strong interest on both sides, but nothing has been formalized," said his agent, Bob Myers, of the Wasserman Media Group, by phone this afternoon. "Hopefully we'll know soon."

It's unclear what the hold up is, although the Kings have made a habit out of taking their time on all personnel matters during this offseason and really have no reason to rush. They could still be considering other free agent options, but the prospect of Ike Diogu returning seems unlikely unless his perceived price tag lowers.

Considering the former Kings forward expressed disappointment at his old club declining his $3.9 million qualifying offer, there's a long ways to go to get from there to May's territory money-wise. There is also the reality that salary cap space is precious right now, with the spectrum of trade possibilities wider when that financial figure is bigger.

May has had an injury-plagued four seasons in Charlotte after being drafted 13th overall by the Bobcats out of North Carolina in 2005. He has played 82 games in all largely because of three surgeries on his right knee, one of which was a microfracture procedure that kept him out for the entire 2007-08 campaign. He dealt with weight issues until early January, when Bobcats coach Larry Brown told him he wouldn't play unless he trimmed down to 260 pounds after he had been 285 in training camp.

May worked out for the Kings and Portland separately on Wednesday and for Cleveland on Thursday, but canceled Friday's scheduled workout with the Clippers in a move that led to speculation that he had found a home. He showed off his 260-pound frame to the Kings while assistants Shareef Abdur-Rahim and Mario Elie taking part, with some media informally observing the session.

Joe Freeman of the Oregonian was among them, and he had this to say in this blog post...

May displayed three-point range, low-post ability and looked as if he had lost a significant amount of weight since the end of the regular season. May said his weight remains near 260 pounds, but that he has shed four percent of his body fat since the end of the season, his fourth with the Charlotte Bobcats.

May spoke at length in Freeman's post about the state of his career and his burning hunger to revive his career, so I'd recommend giving that a read.

On the upside with May, he hasn't logged a lot of miles on the court since winning a national title with the Tar Heels in 2005. At his best, he is a versatile scorer and good rebounder who could find minutes in the rotation of coach Paul Westphal. At his worst, obviously, he's the guy at the end of the bench in the suit who just can't stay healthy. It's not a done deal, but don't be surprised if this deal gets done.


As we told you would be the case on Wednesday night, Kings coach Paul Westphal officially added two-time D-League Coach of the Year Bryan Gates to his staff today. - Sam Amick

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