Kings waive Tolliver, gaining financial flexibility as draft approaches

Evrard Martin
Juin 2, 2017

After one season together, the Sacramento Kings have made a decision to move on from veteran forward Anthony Tolliver. This might come as a surprise to some fans who enjoyed the leadership and example that Tolliver set last season, but this move was essentially about future flexibility. Sacramento was due to pay Tolliver $8 million next season but will instead take a $2 million cap hit by waiving him, freeing up some crucial cap space with the NBA Draft approaching later in June. They only owe him $2 million for next season with this move.

Now a free agent, Tolliver will likely have at least a few suitors in the offseason, as teams look to bolster their bench units.

As is nearly always the case with free agency transactions, this came down to money, as the Kings saved about $6 million by waiving Tolliver on June 1.

That said, the Kings' Twitter account wished Tolliver a happy birthday Thursday morning, which could conceivably have been a little awkward. The Kings could still buy out guard Arron Afflalo for $1.5 million to avoid paying him $12.5 million next season. If not, the Kings will nearly assuredly cut him for the same reasons they did with Tolliver.

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