Sacramento Kings

Kings sign shot-block specialist Eric Moreland to contract

The Kings announced they have signed forward Eric Moreland to a three-year contract.

The deal is not fully guaranteed, but it allows the Kings to take a look at Moreland through training camp and, if he continues to impress, the team can keep him in Sacramento beyond the 2014-15 season.

The 6-foot-10, 218-pound Moreland is an undrafted rookie from Oregon State who caught the attention of Kings coaches with a strong showing in summer league, where he led all players in blocked shots with 16.

Moreland averaged 8.8 rebounds and 2.7 blocks in 19.2 minutes in six games.

The Kings have 14 players under contract, one below the maximum a team can carry in the regular season. That total includes Quincy Acy. The Kings have until Aug. 15 to pick up Acy’s option for next season.

The team is also close to finalizing a deal to bring back free-agent forward Omri Casspi.

The Kings still are looking to gain roster flexibility by trading one or more of their power forwards and possibly dealing guard Jason Terry, who has said he would prefer not to play in Sacramento. The Kings say they have no plans to buy out Terry, who is due $5.45 million this season.

Meanwhile, the Kings are trying to avoid paying the luxury tax and will continue to look for ways to shed salary to stay below the tax line of $76.829 million.

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