Willie Cauley-Stein is ready to move on from the Kings.
The team, however, isn't going to let that happen just yet.
NBC Sports California's James Ham confirmed through a team source that Sacramento has extended a qualifying offer to Cauley-Stein, making him a restricted free agent.
Confirming, the Sacramento Kings have issued a qualifying offer to Willie Cauley-Stein, making him a restricted free agent. @sam_amick first.— James Ham (@James_HamNBCS) June 29, 2019
Cauley-Stein's qualifying offer is for $6.3M. He can either choose to play for the QO, work out a deal in Sacramento or look for an offer sheet from a different club. Kings have right to match any offer. $14M cap hold in place, although Kings can remove QO at any time.— James Ham (@James_HamNBCS) June 29, 2019
Earlier this week, Cauley-Stein's agent went public with their desire to move on from the Kings. Agent Roger Montgomery said he didn't want the Kings to extend a qualifying offer to the fourth-year center.
But a day later, sources confirmed to Ham that the Kings were mulling their options regarding Cauley-Stein.
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Now that the Kings have extended the qualifying offer to Cauley-Stein, there are several options on the table. We'll see which path the two sides choose to take.