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Kings free agency primer: Shooting guards linked early to Sacramento

The Kings’ Rajon Rondo (9) shouts at the team bench as they play the Dallas Mavericks on March 3, 2016, in Dallas. The Kings won 104-101.
The Kings’ Rajon Rondo (9) shouts at the team bench as they play the Dallas Mavericks on March 3, 2016, in Dallas. The Kings won 104-101. The Associated Press

NBA free agency began at 9:01 p.m. Thursday night, and the rumors accompanied by numbers followed by zeros, commas and more zeros have already started to sweep around the web.

For the Kings, names surfacing early include shooting guards Dion Waiters and Allen Crabbe, both whom primarily came off the bench for the Oklahoma City Thunder and Portland Trail Blazers, respectively.

Waiters, 6-foot-4 and 225 pounds, averaged 9.8 points in 27.6 minutes per game in 78 appearances. Crabbe, 6-6 and 210 pounds, averaged 10.3 points in 26.0 minutes per game in 81 appearances. Both are restricted free agents, meaning their teams can match any offer sheet they might sign.

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A look at the Kings’ free agents

Rajon Rondo, point guard, unrestricted

2015-16 salary: $9.5 million

Last season: Led the NBA with 11.7 assists and averaged 11.9 points over 72 games as a starter.

From Jason Jones: “Rondo led the NBA in assists. But his defense was a liability, and some in the organization were disappointed with how he handled his suspension for using a gay slur toward referee Bill Kennedy. After signing a one-year contract, he’s a free agent again, and it’s uncertain if he will return to Sacramento.”

Chatter: The New York Post reports that Rondo could be the replacement for Brooklyn Nets starter Jarrett Jack, whom they waived Thursday: “The 30-year-old — who averaged an NBA-best 11.7 assists this past season while on a one-year contract in Sacramento — is believed to favor a return to a major market, and a source confirmed that he was scheduled to have a meeting with Brooklyn after free agency officially began.”

Seth Curry, guard, restricted

2015-16 salary: $947,276

Last season: Played in 44 games, starting nine, averaging 6.8 points and 1.5 assists per game while shooting 45.5 percent, including 45 percent from three-point range.

From Jason Jones: The Kings could make a move in free agency to bolster their roster just by re-signing Curry, he writes. “Curry is planning to meet with other teams, according to a league source, but his future hinges on the Kings’ willingness to match an offer to him.”

Chatter: “It’s hard to talk about weaknesses of the Detroit Pistons without focusing on lack of shooting and depth at point guard. Seth Curry might fix both problems,” writes Duncan Smith of PistonPowered.com. “The Pistons may have to be satisfied with making Curry their only big free agent splash if they were to make a move for him, but that probably wouldn’t be the end of the world. The Pistons could kill two birds with one stone if they can get Curry if he turns out to be the player he appeared to be in the last two months of the season for the Kings.”

Quincy Acy, forward, unrestricted

2015-16 salary: $981,348

Last season: Averaged 5.2 points and 3.2 rebounds in 14.8 minutes per game over 59 appearances, including 29 starts.

From Jason Jones: “The addition of (Georgios) Papagiannis and (Skal) Labissiere ... makes it less likely Acy will return after he opted out of his contract.”

Chatter: CBSSports.com’s Eye on Basketball staff targeted Acy as the free agent the Kings should keep. “He’s a fun energy guy for them that everybody loves. He shouldn’t be expensive, so you’re not cracking too much into the roughly $30 million they have to spend.”

James Anderson, guard-forward, unrestricted

2015-16 salary: $1,015,421

Last season: Averaged 3.5 points and 1.7 rebounds in 14.1 minutes per game over 51 appearances.

From Jason Jones: In March, Jones wrote of Anderson’s struggles to get playing time, despite being an asset, “James Anderson has been called the Kings’ best defender, but that label hasn’t guaranteed him a lot of playing time this season for a team ranked last in defense.”

Chatter: According to international basketball writer David Pick, Anderson recently agreed to a long-term contract with Turkish club Darussafaka. “The 27-year-old likely would have struggled to land a guaranteed contract had he decided to pursue opportunities in the NBA this offseason as a free agent, so he opted for some more financial security by heading to Turkey, where he’ll be coached by former Cavaliers head man David Blatt. Anderson’s decision to head back overseas could spell the end of his NBA playing days.”

Eric Moreland, forward, restricted

2015-16 salary: $845,059

Last season: Used sparingly in eight games during a season hindered by injury.

From Jason Jones: Upon Moreland’s return in March from a 41-game absence because of a left foot fracture, Jones wrote, “Moreland is 6-foot-10, athletic and brings an attitude that embraces playing defense – a lot of the things the Kings could use on the court. There’s just no guarantee there will be playing time available.”

Compiled by Jon Schultz. Salaries from basketball-reference.com.

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