LAS VEGAS - The Kings will not use the amnesty provision to waive a player and have him not count against their salary cap this coming season.
The deadline to do so is 9 p.m. PST, tonight.
For the first five years of the NBA's collective bargaining agreement that was agreed upon after the 2010-11 season, teams can waive one of its player contracts that were in effect prior to the 2011-12 season.
That salary would not count against the cap or for luxury tax purposes.
John Salmons qualified to be waived but the Kings will hold on to the veteran swingman for a few reasons.
Salmons provides a scoring compliment to the bigger, more defensive-minded Luc Mbah a Moute at small forward.
Salmons, who finished last season as the starting small forward can also be used as a guard in a pinch.
Salmons will earn $7.6 million this season and has a $1 million buyout after the season if the team does not pick up his option for 2014-15.
That means he has value in trades for teams that might be looking to add an expiring contracts.
Also, on a team that has been overrun by immaturity for years, Salmons is another veteran presence.