Kings Notes: Casspi, Tyler, Gay

The Kings have aggressively sought trades under GM Pete D’Alessandro, and once they officially send Jason Terry to the Rockets, only Sixers GM Sam Hinkie will have pulled off more swaps since they took their respective jobs at the beginning of the 2013 offseason, as I noted this week. Here’s the latest from Sacramento as D’Alessandro continues to shuffle the roster:

  • The Kings have struck deals with four other players and shook hands on the Terry trade since they reached agreement with Omri Casspi in July, but the plan is for Casspi to officially sign once he returns from traveling overseas, tweets Jason Jones of The Sacramento Bee. Casspi confirmed as much to David Pick of in a radio conversation Wednesday, telling him he’ll put pen to paper once he passes a medical exam (Twitter link). Casspi recently played in a Eurobasket qualifying tournament with the Israeli national team.
  • Sacramento is also still on track to waive Jeremy Tyler eventually, according to Jones (Twitter link). The team has been expected to waive Tyler ever since acquiring him from the Knicks last month, as USA Today’s Sam Amick reported at the time. His non-guaranteed contract is set to become partially guaranteed on the 15th.
  • The Kings made an aggressive pitch to convince Rudy Gay to opt in for this season, and it worked not only to persuade Gay to stick around, but to assure him of the team’s confidence in him, as he tells Michael Lee of The Washington Post“It was good,” Gay said. “After two tough seasons, it was good to know that they wanted me there, not just for now, but for long [term].” Gay, in the final year of his deal, has expressed a willingness to consider an extension at some point before next summer.

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