Reports: Kings pull Cauley-Stein's QO, reach deal with Holmes
NBA.com Global on Jul 02, 2019 07:04 AM
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Early Monday morning (Monday afternoon, PHL time), the Sacramento Kings and guard Cory Joseph reportedly agreed to a deal. As with just about any free-agent deal in the works, it affects more than just one player on the roster.
Such is the case for Willie Cauley-Stein, who had his qualifying offer from the Kings pulled so the team would have enough salary cap room for Joseph's looming deal. Per Jason Anderson of The Sacramento Bee, who reported the news, this give Cauley-Stein his long-sought wish for an exit from Sacramento, as he is now an unrestricted free agent.
The Kings landed Cauley-Stein with the No. 6 pick in the 2015 draft and he averaged 11.9 points, 8.4 rebounds, 2.4 assists and 1.2 steals per game last season.
The Kings later filled in Cauley-Stein's spot up front, agreeing on a two-year contract with power forward/center Richaun Holmes, according to Shams Charania of The Athletic.
The 25-year-old Holmes averaged 8.2 points and 4.7 rebounds last season playing for the Phoenix Suns. He'll be entering his fifth NBA season.