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Kings waive forward Eric Moreland

Kings forward Eric Moreland drives against Denver’s Roscoe Smith during a summer league game on July 12 at the Cox Pavilion in Las Vegas. The Kings waived Moreland on Wednesday.
Kings forward Eric Moreland drives against Denver’s Roscoe Smith during a summer league game on July 12 at the Cox Pavilion in Las Vegas. The Kings waived Moreland on Wednesday. hamezcua@sacbee.com

A year after earning a training camp invite, Eric Moreland was waived by the Kings on Wednesday.

His salary for the 2015-16 season would have been guaranteed if he was still on the roster on Aug. 1.

Moreland, a 6-foot-10, 238-pound forward, was a standout during summer league in 2014 and made the Kings’ roster out of training camp as an undrafted rookie from Oregon State. He played in three games before his season ended after surgery to repair a left shoulder tear.

After recovering from surgery, Moreland played for the Kings’ summer-league team this month. His strengths, notably defense and athleticism, are traits the Kings need, but when the team drafted Kentucky center Willie Cauley-Stein for the same qualities, Moreland became expendable.

The Kings have 13 guaranteed contracts for the upcoming season. Teams can have 15 players on their roster during the season.

Jason Jones: @mr_jasonjones, read more about the team at sacbee.com/kings.

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