The Sacramento Kings are waiving Jaylen Nowell, according to a report from The Athletic’s Shams Charania. The move creates an open roster spot for the Kings.
— Shams Charania (@ShamsCharania) October 20, 2023
I thought there was a chance the Kings would keep Nowell in the final roster spot, but he primarily plays shooting guard where Sacramento has a depth of talent and options.
The Kings could choose to leave the roster spot open to allow for additional trade flexibility this year, or they could use the opening to grab another player who gets waived as teams finalize their rosters. The Brooklyn Nets waived Darius Bazley yesterday, for example. Bazley is just 23 years old, has good size, and shot 37.7% from 3 last season. The Timberwolves also just waived Matt Ryan, a 6’7″ small forward who shot 38.8% from deep last season. These are the type of end-of-the-bench fliers that the Kings could take with hopes of finding a gem.
As the roster currently stands, the Kings have 14 players on regular contracts, and 3 players on Two-Way contracts, with one open roster spot. The Kings also signed Dane Goodwin and Jake Stephens to training camp deals yesterday, but they will likely be waived soon to clear their path to join the Stockton Kings.