Steward DJ Kings Waive | Rumors Hoops

5:52 p.m.: Steward has been officially terminated, according to NBA.com’s transaction log.


4:05 p.m.: The kings give up DJ Stewarda source tells James Ham of ESPN 1320 and TheKingsBeat.com (Twitter connections).

According to Ham, if Steward does not sign with another team, Sacramento hopes he will join the G League side’s affiliate Stockton, who hold his return player rights. His new contract, which he just signed last week, included a small partial guarantee of $50,000.

A former McDonald’s All American, Steward spent his only college season with Duke before not being drafted in 2021. He signed a training camp deal with the Kings last year but was waived before the start of the season. 2021/22 season.

Steward spent all of last season with the Stockton Kings, appearing in 30 regular season games (21 starts, 29.2 MPG) with averages of 14.6 PPG, 3.7 RPG, 3.4 APG and 1.0 SPG on .463/.331/.884 shot. The 6’2″ guard also played 12 games (four starts, 21.9 MPG) for Stockton in the Showcase Cup last fall, averaging 12.0 PPG, 2.3 RPG, 2.2 APG and 1.1 SPG on .394/.383/.923 shooting.

The Kings have one of the most unique roster situations at the moment as they only have 12 players on guaranteed contracts, reportedly in deals with four others – Kent Bazemore, Cook Quinn, KZ Okpala and Jeriah Horne – who have yet to become official, plus three players with relatively small partial guarantees in Matthew Dellavedova, Chima Moneke and Sam Merrill. It looks like they’ll have a real training camp competition to determine the final spots on the standard roster, with the two spots back and forth currently being taken by Keon Ellis and Neemias Queta.

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