The Kings reached an agreement with third-year forward Quincy Acy and his agent to extend the deadline to guarantee his salary for next season until Aug. 15.
The original deadline was Saturday and without the extension, the Kings were seriously considering declining the option. It’s not that the Kings don’t like Acy, it’s the salary-cap implications the Kings want to avoid in keeping Acy.
The move allows the Kings to explore ways to shed more salary and still retain Acy, who would be due $915,243 next season.
Acy’s salary would put the Kings about $2 million away from being a luxury tax team. The luxury-tax line is $76.829 million this coming season.
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Acy is the kind of young, active player the Kings want on the court, in part because he is a willing defender. Coaches and management also like Acy’s fit in the locker room.
Though undersize for a power forward at 6-foot-7, Acy has shown he can be a tenacious rebounder when given playing time and has worked to improve his offense by extending his shooting range to the three-point line.
Acy averaged 2.7 points, 3.6 rebounds in 14 minutes with Kings. He appeared in 56 games after coming to Sacramento last December from Toronto in a trade along with Rudy Gay and Aaron Gray.
Acy was a second-round pick, 37th overall, by Toronto in 2012.
Acy averaged 11.3 points and 6.7 rebounds for the Kings in summer league. Acy shot 53.8 percent and made four of his eight three pointers.
The Kings have a glut of power forwards and Acy is one they’d like to keep. Finding a taker for the contract of Jason Thompson or Carl Landry would help create more space under the cap.
Derrick Williams and Reggie Evans can also play power forward and are in the last year of their deals.
The Kings could also waive guard Jason Terry and his $5.45 million salary and “stretch” his salary over three years against the salary cap if the cannot be dealt.
Terry’s salary would be divided by three and go against the cap in thirds in that case.
The Kings remain interested in former Kings first-round pick Omri Casspi who was waived by New Orleans Wednesday.
The Kings were seriously considering putting in a waiver claim on Casspi. If not, the Kings could sign Casspi as a free agent if he clears waivers.
Casspi could play either forward spot and give the Kings more shooting from the perimeter.