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Kings waive Wayne Ellington

Sep 1, 2014, 7:30 PM EDT

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The Kings, who made just a third of their 3-point attempts, were among the NBA’s worst shooting teams from beyond the arc last season.

Nik Stauskas should help, though it’s always dangerous relying on a rookie.

Another payer who could have helped – Wayne Ellington, a solid outside shooter who began the summer with the Mavericks – won’t get the chance.

Marc Stein of ESPN:

Assuming the Kings stretched Ellington – a possibility from the moment they traded for him – his remaining salary will count against the cap twice the number of years remaining on his contract (one) plus one. That’s $923,780 each of the next three seasons.

Though that charge could be burdensome down the road, the window to stretch Ellington was now. This – rather than just waiving Ellington and eating his entire salary this season – gives Sacramento a little more leeway under the luxury tax.

Trading Jason Terry for unguaranteed contracts could also help, but this would just be extra cushion that allows more flexibility throughout this season.

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