The Cavaliers needed to add some extra depth at point guard following the retirement of Mo Williams, so the team signed Toney Douglas and opted to waive Moreland in order to open up roster room. The 24-year-old Moreland was under contract with the Kings for the previous two seasons, but he appeared in only 11 NBA games over that span. Moreland had failed to take part in training camp while he continued to recover from a foot injury that limited him in 2016-17 and said he may need six-to-eight more weeks of recovery time, so he'll look to get healthy again before exploring a return to the NBA.
Moreland has made appearances in 11 games over the last two seasons with the Kings, but the organization determined he wasn't worthy of a roster spot for the coming campaign and declined to make an effort to re-sign him as a restricted free agent. Since his deal with the Cavs isn't guaranteed, Moreland could be an easy cut if the team elects to stock up on depth at point guard or the wing out of training camp.
Eric Moreland played six minutes in Tuesday's 115-107 loss to the Trail Blazers, contributing one rebound and one turnover.
The Sacramento Kings were missing five rotation players due to either rest or injury, which resulted in Moreland seeing the floor for his first time since being recalled from the D-League on April 1. Prior to his D-League assignment, Moreland had been sidelined due to a fractured left foot, so this was actually his sixth appearance for the Kings all season, and his first since Dec. 3. Coach George Karl is expected to rest some of his veterans periodically through the final four games of the campaign, but it's unlikely that Moreland's minutes count climbs much higher from here.
Eric Moreland (foot) was recalled from the D-League's Reno Bighorns on Friday, James Ham of CSN Bay Area reports.
Moreland hasn't played in a game for the Sacramento Kings since Dec. 3, as he was recovering from a surgery performed to repair his fractured left foot. After getting some additional game conditioning in with Reno in the D-League, Moreland will move back up to the Kings' active roster and should be available to play in Friday's outing versus the Heat. Despite being active and available, he still may not even see the court, as he hasn't had the opportunity to establish himself as a member of the Kings' regular rotation.
Eric Moreland (foot) was assigned to the D-League's Reno Bighorns on Saturday, NBA.com reports.
Moreland seems to be fully recovered from December surgery to repair a fractured left foot, but before appearing in a game with the Sacramento Kings , he'll head to Reno to regain some conditioning. Once he rejoins the NBA team, don't expect Moreland to emerge as a rotation player, as he saw action in only five games and averaged 4.8 minutes prior to suffering the injury.
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