The Kings have waived swingman Alonzo Gee, the team announced. The move is no shock, since he was due a non-guaranteed $3MM for the coming season, and he came to the team in the Jason Terry trade that appeared to be primarily about clearing space beneath the tax threshold from Sacramento’s perspective.
Gee has been a member of four NBA teams this offseason, largely shadowing the path of Scotty Hopson, who passed through the hands of five clubs. The Cavs, who originally signed him to his three-year deal in 2012, traded him to the Pelicans, who flipped him to Houston in the Omer Asik trade. The 6’6″ Gee started all 82 games for the Cavs in 2012/13, but he made just 24 starts last season, and his efficiency declined when he did see the floor. His 8.6 PER this past year was his first single-digit mark in that category in his five NBA seasons.
Sacramento has deals with 18 players in the wake of Gee’s release, which leaves room for the team to sign two more for training camp. The team had been less than $1MM shy of tax territory after striking a deal with Omri Casspi earlier in the offseason, but a series of moves has left the Kings with only about $71MM in guaranteed salaries, well short of the $76.829MM tax threshold.