Kings waive Merrill, others; 2022-23 roster now set

Sam Merrill

The Sacramento Kings made their final cuts on Saturday to bring their roster down to the NBA requisite of 15, plus two two-way players.

Guard Sam Merrill was the final cut that needed to be decided. The former #60 pick of the 2020 NBA Draft appeared in six games last season for the Memphis Grizzlies where he averaged 4.2 points. He impressed the coaching staff in Sacramento and cutting him was a difficult decision, but with the glut of productive guards that the Kings have, its jus was not in the cards to keep him.

The former Utah State guard was a college teamate of current Kings two-way player Neemias Queta.

Sacramento had guaranteed $150k to Merrill and will need to eat that money unless he is picked up by another NBA team during the season.

He is not eligible to be simply assigned to their G-League squad in Stockton as he would need to go through the G-League Draft later this month and would assuredly be selected before the Kings could pick him.

The other two cuts were expected as guard Alex O'Connell and forward Jeriah Horne were signed on Friday merely as a pathway to the Stockton Kings.

And here is your 2022-23 Sacramento Kings roster. The most talented squad overall going into an NBA campaign since 2005-06.