If Chalmers somehow makes it to training camp with the Heat, he would be the obvious choice to back up Dragic. But Miami appears intent on trying to purge the final year of his contract; his $4.3 million salary could result in a tax bill three times that amount, depending on the Heat’s final payroll number. The Heat has time to move Chalmers, because a team’s tax bill is based on the roster on the final day of the regular season, an NBA spokesman said. But Miami appears interested in moving as soon as it can find a suitable deal, according to a league official who has spoken to the Heat.
February 20, 2017 | 5:45 pm EST Update
Sean Cunningham: Kings GM Vlade Divac said, at least for now, that there was no plan to release Tyreke Evans or Langston Galloway
Additionally, Divac announced that the team has waived forward Matt Barnes. A 14-year NBA veteran, the UCLA alum is averaging 7.6 points (.384 FG%, .327 3pt%, .758 FT%), 5.5 rebounds and 2.8 assists in 25.3 minutes per contest in 54 games (started 13) for Sacramento after joining the team prior to the start of this season.
As Cousins begins a new chapter with the Pelicans, former Kentucky teammate and current Washington Wizard John Wall shared his perspective on life with Boogie in an interview with FOX Sports’ Chris Broussard. “What it is is you know he’s already big – he’s like a bully,” Wall said. “He plays with so much heart and drive he wants to be great he kind of gets misread.”
Wall also had advice for Cousins’ new teammates about what to expect and strive for in the locker room. “He had a bad rep early on,” Wall said. “You can tell him that, he won’t get mad. And I think now he’s trying to change his ways but when you do it. He’s trying to put that behind him but, it’s kind of tough. Whoever his point guard is, whoever his coach is, whoever it is, if he gets a great bond with you and feels like he can trust you, he’ll go to war with you.”
“I think so,” Wall said when asked if he expected president Ernie Grunfeld to make a move as he has done the last several years, and the most recent being for Markieff Morris. “We’re looking at some options to help our bench out. Other than that I don’t know. I haven’t talked to him about it.”
February 20, 2017 | 3:59 pm EST Update
The Sacramento Kings acquired guards Buddy Hield, Tyreke Evans, Langston Galloway and 2017 first and second-round draft selections from the New Orleans Pelicans in exchange for forward/center DeMarcus Cousins and forward Omri Casspi, it was announced today by Kings Vice President of Basketball Operations and General Manager Vlade Divac.