The Sacramento Kings guaranteed the final year of Nemanja Bjelica's contract, per NBC's James Ham.
The Sacramento Kings chose not to waive Nemanja Bjelica before today's deadline, making his $7.15 million contract for the 2020-21 season fully guaranteed.
— James Ham (@James_HamNBCS) November 20, 2020
Bjelica, who signed a three-year, $20,475,000 contract in 2018, had a deadline Thursday to make the last year of his deal fully guaranteed. Sacramento opted in, choosing not to waive the 32-year-old stretch four.
Last season, Bjelica appeared in 72 games and played 27.9 minutes per game, a career-high mark for the Serbian. With the uptick in minutes, Bjelica posted career-high numbers in points, rebounds, assists, steals, field goal percentage, three-point percentage, free throw percentage, and more.
Monte McNair and company clearly saw the value in retaining Bjelica's services; whether they keep or trade Bjelica is something to monitor moving forward as a contending team could fancy his talent.
If he isn't in the Kings' plans for this season, Bjelica should be a valuable trade chip especially near the trade deadline. He's shot over 40% from three each of his seasons with the Kings, including a career-best 41.9% last season on 4.4 attempts per game. That skill, on a reasonably-priced expiring contract, should be appealing to playoff teams.