After one season with the Sacramento Kings in which he played 65 games and started 9 of them, forward Anthony Tolliver will continue bouncing around the NBA. According to Adrian Wojnarowski of The Vertical, the veteran journeyman Tolliver was waived by the Kings and will become a free agent:
The Sacramento Kings have waived Anthony Tolliver, league sources tell @TheVertical.
— Adrian Wojnarowski (@WojVerticalNBA) June 1, 2017
While Tolliver played decent during his time on the floor, the Kings pulled the trigger on cutting him due to financial reasons. According to Bobby Marks of The Vertical, Sacramento would have owed Tolliver $8M for the upcoming 2017-18 season but now only take a $2M cap hit since he was waived today on June 1st.
While that amount may not seem like a lot, this is the first step towards the Kings becoming more financially conscious if they hope for this youth movement to be a fruitful one.
For Tolliver, moving from one team to another is nothing new as the forward has played for nine teams in as many seasons. During this past campaign, the 10-year veteran put up averages of 7.1 points per game while grabbing 3.7 rebounds in 22.7 minutes of action nightly. While the numbers don’t necessarily jump off the page, it’s strange to see Tolliver lack stability over his career. The 6’8″ Tolliver provides reliable outside shooting from the power forward spot and could provide serviceable minutes off the bench as a stretch 4.
With Tolliver out of the fold in Sacramento, the younger bigs such as Willie Cauley-Stein, Georgios Papagiannis and Skal Labissiere will be able to hold more solidified roles within the rotation.
Look for Tolliver to have at least a couple teams interested in his services this offseason as franchises look to bolster their bench with big men capable of scoring from distance.