Pacific Notes: Kings, Dinwiddie, Pelinka, George

Many NBA observers expected the Kings to make a big move before the trade deadline. Instead, they basically stood pat, only accommodating a minor salary dump deal.

General manager Monte McNair explained that in a market with more buyers than sellers, the price tags for doing business were very high. Plus, the new CBA has made teams, including the Kings, more cautious about approaching tax aprons, according to Jason Anderson of the Sacramento Bee.

“We’re always active in trying to see what’s out there, but weighing that against what we already have here,” McNair said. “Obviously this year after exploring those opportunities, we ended up keeping this group together. We know the job is never done. We’ll continue to vet those opportunities to make our team better, but we’re excited for what we’ve got going forward.”

We have more from the Pacific Division:

  • The Lakers added approximately $7MM to their luxury tax bill by signing free agent guard Spencer Dinwiddie, cap expert Yossi Gozlan tweets. The Lakers used around $1.5MM remaining from their prorated mid-level exception to add Dinwiddie. They could’ve potentially saved about $15MM by trading a player at the deadline to duck the tax. Instead, they chose to retain all their pieces and invest more into the roster.
  • The Lakers came out winners at the trade deadline by being prudent and not overpaying for Hawks guard Dejounte Murray, Bill Plaschke of the Los Angeles Times opines. They avoided giving up a first-round draft pick and Austin Reaves in a potential deal. It showed that general manager Rob Pelinka would no longer mortgage the future to appease LeBron James, who had been pushing for a major move.
  • Paul George erupted for 33 points against Detroit on Saturday. Afterward, George reiterated that he’s hoping to sign an extension with the Clippers, Janis Carr of the Orange County Register reports. “That’s the goal,” George said. George holds a $48.8MM player option for 2024/25. In order to sign an extension, George would have to decline that option, at which point he would be eligible to receive up to approximately $220MM over four years on his new deal.
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