The Sacramento Kings are parting ways with guard Jaylen Nowell following their preseason finale performance, reports Shams Charania of The Athletic.
Additionally, they are also releasing Jake Stephens and Dane Goodwin, as per Sean Cunningham of Fox 40 in Sacramento.
In the 2022/23 season, Nowell put up solid numbers, averaging 10.8 points, 2.6 rebounds, and 2.0 assists in 19.3 minutes per game over 65 appearances as a key part of the Timberwolves’ regular rotation.
Despite his contributions, he remained a free agent for almost three months before ultimately accepting an Exhibit 10 contract with the Sacramento Kings.
It’s worth noting that most players who sign Exhibit 10 contracts are often waived before the regular season commences, subsequently joining their team’s G League affiliate.
However, there was some optimism that Nowell might secure a spot on the regular season roster since the Kings had only 14 players under standard guaranteed contracts.
With Nowell’s departure from consideration, Sacramento may not fill the 15th roster spot at the beginning of the season.
Jaylen Nowell featured in just two preseason games for the Kings, scoring five points while making 1 of 6 field goals in a total of 13 minutes on the court.
Furthermore, the Kings are waiving center Jake Stephens and guard Dane Goodwin, who were signed on Thursday. Both players will be making their way to Stockton to join the Kings’ G League team.
While it’s uncertain whether Nowell will also head to Stockton, he would be eligible for a $75,000 bonus if he chooses to report to the NBAGL club and spends a minimum of 60 days there.
These moves will bring the Sacramento Kings’ roster down to 17 players, with 14 on standard contracts and three on two-way agreements.
Although the Kings’ roster is shaping up for the regular season, they still have the option to sign-and-waive players for G League purposes or add a 15th player before the upcoming Monday deadline.