Kings guard Seth Curry will decline his player option for next season and become a free agent, league sources confirmed.
Curry was due to make a little more than $1 million next season. If the Kings extend a qualifying offer to Curry, which is expected to be approximately $1.5 million, he will become a restricted free agent, allowing the Kings to match any offer sheet and retain him.
Curry is the younger brother to reigning NBA MVP Steph Curry of the Warriors.
The Kings can still lose Seth Curry – without compensation – if a team makes a considerably higher offer that the Kings are unwilling to match.
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Curry averaged 6.8 points last season but 11.1 points after the All-Star break in 19 games, shooting 46.3 percent from three-point range. In his final 11 games, nine of which he started at shooting guard, Curry averaged 15.2 points on 46.8 percent shooting and had 3.8 assists per game.
Although he twice scored 21 points in a game, his best performance came April 11 at Phoenix as he scored 20 points with 15 assists. The late-season showings likely will translate into a more lucrative contract.
Before signing a two-year, $1.96 million contract with the Kings last July, Curry had played in just four total games in two seasons with the Memphis Grizzlies, Cleveland Cavaliers and Phoenix Suns.
He starred in the NBA Summer League in Las Vegas for the New Orleans Pelicans, but the Kings signed him after the Pelicans hesitated.
Curry joins forward Quincy Acy as Kings declining player options to explore free agency.