The Kings won’t tender a $6,602,272 qualifying offer to fourth-year guard Donte DiVincenzo, a league source tells James Ham of ESPN 1320 and The Kings Beat (Twitter link). As a result, DiVincenzo will become an unrestricted free agent.
ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski confirms the news (via Twitter), stating that DiVincenzo is expected to draw “significant interest” as a free agent. Sacramento remains interested in re-signing DiVincenzo despite declining the QO, according to Sean Cunningham of Fox 40 (KTXL) (Twitter link).
The 25-year-old had a down season in 2021/22 after returning from ankle surgery last June. He struggled to find his footing in 17 games (20.1 MPG) with the Bucks, averaging 7.2 PPG, 3.5 RPG and 1.7 APG on .331/.284/.852 shooting before being traded to the Kings at the deadline in February.
He played better in 25 games (26.6 MPG) for Sacramento, averaging 10.3 PPG, 4.4 RPG, 3.6 APG and 1.5 SPG on .362/.368/.839 shooting. While his field goal percentage seems alarmingly low, the majority of his shot attempts came from deep.
It’s a puzzling move for the Kings, who acquired DiVincenzo at the 2022 deadline when they traded away Marvin Bagley III. DiVincenzo would have been a fair value on a one-year, $6.6MM deal if he had accepted his qualifying offer — declining to issue it means the Kings won’t have the ability to unilaterally match any offer given to him.
A versatile defender with a high basketball IQ, DiVincenzo had reportedly grown frustrated with the team a couple of months ago, believing the Kings were attempting to lower the value of his QO by not starting him.