The Sacramento Kings, following the acquisition of veteran center JaVale McGee, found themselves with an excess of players in the center position. However, they addressed this situation by making changes on Tuesday. Nerlens Noel and Neemias Queta, both of whom had signed partially guaranteed one-year contracts with the team this summer, Sacramento Kings waived two star players after JaVale McGee.
Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN first reported that Sacramento Kings waived two star player.
Noel had initially started the 2022-23 season with the Detroit Pistons after being traded from the New York Knicks. He played in 14 games, with three starts, and averaged 2.3 points and 2.6 rebounds. He reached a contract buyout agreement at the end of February and was subsequently released. Following that, he signed a 10-day contract with the Brooklyn Nets, where he appeared in three games.
A skilled rebounder and a veteran presence, Noel, the sixth overall pick in the 2013 NBA draft, had been set to join the Kings as his seventh team in the NBA career. However, he will now be on the lookout for a new team.
On the other hand, Queta averaged 2.4 points and 2.2 rebounds per game in five appearances for the Kings in the previous season.
As per Wojnarowski’s report, the Kings are planning to go forward with McGee, Alex Len, and All-Star big man Domantas Sabonis in the center position for the upcoming year. Sacramento is coming off a strong 48-34 finish in the previous season, ranking third in the Western Conference.
With a deep team, the Kings are expected to remain competitive in the 2023-24 season. They boast a formidable pick-and-roll duo in Sabonis and star point guard De’Aaron Fox. Veterans Harrison Barnes and Kevin Huerter excel in their respective roles, and power forward Keegan Murray is anticipated to make significant progress following a promising rookie season.