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July 16, 2013
Kings will not use amnesty provision

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.

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