Sources: Head, Kings agree on non-guaranteed deal

After a dubious failed physical that nullified an agreement with the New Orleans Hornets in mid-July, free agent guard Luther Head(notes) has agreed to a non-guaranteed deal with the Sacramento Kings, league sources told Yahoo! Sports.

If Sacramento finds that Head’s ankle is healthy, he has a good chance to make the roster and play a reserve role for the Kings, sources say. Head is guaranteed $992,000 for the 2010-11 season, if he’s on the Kings roster on Dec. 1, one source says. And yet like the rest of the league, the Kings were unwilling to guarantee the deal because Hornets president Hugh Weber declared that Head had flunked his physical in July.

Head had agreed to a one-year deal with Hornets GM Jeff Bower, only to have the GM fired within days of the verbal agreement. It appeared that Weber didn’t want Head under contract for the next GM, and cancelled the agreement after the physical. Several sources insisted that there was nothing wrong with the ankle, and Weber’s decision appears to have made it more difficult for Head, 28, to find a job this summer.

Head averaged 7.6 points in 47 games for the Indiana Pacers last season.

The Kings are also inviting former Celtics and Knicks forward J.R. Giddens(notes) to training camp with a non-guaranteed deal, Yahoo! Sports’ Marc Spears reports.


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Updated Saturday, Sep 4, 2010