HoopsHype John Salmons rumors

December 8, 2013 Updates

The Toronto Raptors have agreed to send small forward Rudy Gay to the Sacramento Kings in a seven-player deal, a person with knowledge of the trade confirmed to USA TODAY Sports. While the Kings are expected to receive Gay, center Aaron Gray, and small forward Quincy Acy, the Raptors made a major move to clear up their salary cap situation by landing small forward John Salmons, point guard Greivis Vasquez, power forward Patrick Patterson and power forward Chuck Hayes. The person spoke on the condition of anonymity because the deal had not yet been finalized. USA Today Sports

The Raptors and Gay had become increasingly unhappy with each other, league sources said, and Gay's contract was an obstacle to the franchise's desire to begin the rebuilding process. Gay is making $17.8 million this year, and holds a player option for $19.3 million for the 2014-15 season. The forward will almost assuredly exercise the option and take that salary next season. Yahoo! Sports

November 21, 2013 Updates
November 18, 2013 Updates

The work will begin to take hold when the Kings realize they have to hold themselves accountable and not accept subpar effort from themselves and teammates. "As a group, as a unit, as a team, we've just got to get tired of losing," said forward John Salmons. "If you're tired of losing when we're down in the third quarter like that you wouldn't come out with the lack of energy like we did. I think guys are used to it and it shows on the court. When you have that mentality it's hard to break those habits." A lot of these players have been around in past seasons when players have admitted to being overconfident for games when most night the Kings had a losing record entering those games. Sacramento Bee

November 7, 2013 Updates

Interestingly, it was two veterans, Greivis Vasquez and John Salmons, who addressed their teammates late Tuesday night in a meeting that probably should have lasted into the wee hours. The list of troublesome issues is expansive and includes inconsistency at both forward positions, erratic levels of defensive intensity and physicality, poor ball movement, poor decisions, stagnant halfcourt offense and generally far too many flashbacks to the Kings of recent seasons. Sacramento Bee

October 7, 2013 Updates
October 2, 2013 Updates

Veteran swingman John Salmons figured he was expendable. The Kings hadn't used their amnesty waiver provision on him, so it seemed logical that his $7.6 million salary might be used to free salary cap space for this season. "A little bit," said Salmons, when asked if he was surprised to still be with the Kings. "A little bit. I can't lie about that. But I'm good with being here, but I am a little surprised." Sacramento Bee

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June 17, 2013 Updates

If Mullin agrees to become a consultant, the Kings would have three key leaders that figure to appeal to Ellis. Mullin, D'Alessandro, and coach Michael Malone, who Ellis reportedly enjoyed working with before being traded. But the notion of Ellis coming to Sacramento as a free agent is still a ways away from happening. The Kings have to decide if they want Tyreke Evans back first. They also need to address a lack of size in the backcourt if Evans is gone (the Kings wouldn't have a guard listed over 6-4). I still expect there to be some trades and find out if the Kings will now be willing to use the amnesty clause, which the Maloofs would not do. Amnesty could be used on John Salmons to create more cap flexibility. Sulia

February 27, 2013 Updates

Salmons, making $8.08 million this season, is scheduled to earn $7.58 million next season and $7 million in 2014-15. But only $1 million is guaranteed in that final year, which could make Salmons an intriguing trade piece this summer and beyond. “I’m not sure,’’ Salmons said when asked if he could be dealt and might not even be with the Kings if they move next season to Seattle. “I don’t know. Who knows what’s up with the move? Who knows what will happen? It’s all up in the air.’’ FOXSports Florida

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