Thursday , Jan , 29 , 2009 C.Y. Ellis

Shareef Abdur-Rahim Diagnosis Could Save Kings $6.2 Million

While the Kings expected all along to have Abdur-Rahim’s 2009-10 salary ($6.6 million) removed from their salary cap, they filed a petition with the league to have his $6.2 million salary for the 2008-09 campaign taken off their books as well.

If the doctor confirms the diagnosis of arthritis and sees the damage that led Abdur-Rahim to have two arthroscopic surgeries in the last six months of his career, the financial outlook for the Kings could be a bit brighter. While Kings basketball president Geoff Petrie said he isn’t sure when a verdict will come after the doctor’s visit, he hopes the outcome is to his liking.

"I think his situation and his records speak for themselves," Petrie said when asked if he expected his request to be granted. "Obviously, I think the league will do it (appropriately)."

Abdur-Rahim, currently a Kings assistant coach, played in just six games of the 2007-08 season. His final appearance was Nov. 12, 2007.