Sacramento Kings waive forward Eric Moreland


Eric Moreland has been waived by the Sacramento Kings, according to a team press release. The move comes before August 1, when the second year of a three-year, $2.3 million contract he signed last July becomes guaranteed.

The undrafted power forward out of Oregon State joined the Kings following a standout 2014 Summer League averaging 8.8 rebounds and 2.7 blocks in 19.2 minutes. The 23-year-old made his NBA debut on November 26, 2014 and logged three regular season appearances in 2014-15, totaling a layup, rebound and personal foul in two minutes and five seconds of action. Moreland also played seven games (six starts) with the D-League’s Reno Bighorns, producing 13.7 points, 12.7 rebounds, 1.3 steals and 1.6 blocks in 28.7 minutes per match.

Moreland was ruled out for the final 52 games of the season following surgery to repair a left shoulder labral tear he suffered on December 13, 2014. He arrived at this month’s Summer League in Las Vegas healthy and averaged 6.4 points on 38.7 percent shooting, 8.0 rebounds and 2.0 blocks in 21 minutes over five games.

With the Kings’ frontcourt additions of Willie Cauley-Stein, Kosta Koufos, Quincy Acy and Duje Dukan, Moreland was made expendable. Teams in need of rim protection may find interest in the second-year big man.

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