Pacific Notes: Nedovic, Lakers, Williams

Nemanja Nedovic gave up $599,760 of his $1.104MM guaranteed salary in an apparent buyout deal to secure his release from the Warriors, Eric Pincus of Basketball Insiders reports (Twitter link). Golden State’s cap hit this season for Nedovic will be $504,240, notes Pincus. Nedovic was waived by the Warriors earlier this month and then inked a deal with Valencia of Spain.

Here’s more from out west:

  • With the Lakers roster currently at the league-maximum 15 players, GM Mitch Kupchak would need to waive a player prior to adding another healthy body long-term, something he is more likely to do via trade than signing a free agent, Mark Medina of The Los Angeles Daily News writes. “We would have to find a better player than who is on our roster now since you have to cut somebody,” said Kupchak. “I’m not sure those players exist as free agents. When we get something closer to the trade deadline, there might be something there.” The Lakers have applied for a 16th roster spot, but that’s only a temporary measure. NBA has granted the Lakers two disabled player exceptions for the season-ending injuries to Julius Randle and Steve Nash, and they’re looking to receive a third for Xavier Henry.
  • Matt Peterson, Ben York, and Greg Esposito of NBA.com looked back and debated which trades, draft picks, and free agent signings have worked out the best for the Suns.
  • The increase in Derrick Williams‘ playing time recently could mean that the Kings are showcasing the forward to increase his trade value, Rui Williams of Cowbell Kingdom opines. Williams’ minutes have increased over the last five contests from 5.5 per game to 19.2. The Kings scribe points out that a similar situation occurred last season with Luc Mbah a Moute, who was subsequently dealt to Minnesota for Williams.

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