The Sacramento Kings declined to offer a contract extension to point guard Greivis Vasquez before Thursday’s deadline, but that doesn’t mean he’s going to go very far.
According to Marc J. Spears of Yahoo Sports, Vasquez expects to re-sign with the team after the season.
Vasquez, acquired over the summer from the New Orleans Pelicans as part of a three-team sign-and-trade deal that sent former Rookie of the Year Tyreke Evans to the Big Easy, will become a restricted free agent after the season.
Forward Patrick Patterson also did not receive an extension from the Kings, who declined their option on guard Jimmer Fredette, as well.
“I’m just going to focus on the season and helping the team win,” Vasquez said. “If I do my job, help us win and change the culture, everything will be fine. I want to stay here. I love everything about Sacramento and want to be here. I can’t control the contract, but I can control how I play night in and night out. Hopefully everything works out with the Kings and I’m confident it will.”
Vasquez scored 17 points and handed out four assists in 36 minutes Wednesday night as Sacramento opened the Vivek Ranadive era with a 90-88 win over the Denver Nuggets at Sleep Train Arena.
Vasquez had a breakout campaign last year with the then-New Orleans Hornets, leading the NBA with 704 assists and finishing third in the league with 9.0 assists per game. In 78 games, Vasquez averaged 13.9 points and 4.3 rebounds while playing 34.4 minutes a night.
He was the 28th overall pick by the Memphis Grizzlies in the 2010 draft out of Maryland. After playing as a reserve as a rookie, he was dealt to New Orleans on Christmas Eve 2011 in exchange for Quincy Pondexter.
Vasquez was a second-team All-America selection as a senior at Maryland in 2009-10, averaging 19.6 points and 6.3 assists per game.