Justin James Released By Kings

Kings small forward Justin James has been waived by Sacramento, per Jason Jones of The Athletic (Twitter link).

Jones notes that today marked the deadline for James’ $1.78MM salary for the 2021/22 season to become fully guaranteed. Sacramento won’t be on the hook for that money, while James will now hit the market as an unrestricted free agent, assuming he goes unclaimed on waivers.

James, 24, was selected by the Kings with the No. 40 pick in the 2019 draft out of Wyoming. James never quite carved out significant rotational time during his two seasons with the Kings. The 6’7″ wing holds NBA career averages of 3.2 PPG, 0.9 RPG, and 0.6 APG.

Jason Anderson of the Sacramento Bee reports that James was the odd man out in the club’s wing rotation. Elsewhere on the roster, the Kings did guarantee the next year for big man Damian Jones. They also partially guaranteed the deal for power forward Chimezie Metu.

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