Source: Sactown Royalty
At long last, we have resolution in the infamous Francisco Garcia vs. Exploding Exercise Ball. (Note: pretty sure that's not the case's official title.) The Kings announced on Tuesday that they, El Flaco and the maker of the exercise ball that popped underneath him, causing a broken wrist about a half-season wasted in rehab, have all reached a settlement. No terms were released, but the Kings' lawyer indicated it was pretty favorable. (I'm still waiting for the lawyer who says he did a lousy job and got a terrible settlement.)
Garcia really hasn't been the same since the injury, though that has more to do with a de-emphasized role under Paul Westphal and Keith Smart. Garcia was always small for a small forward, and especially Smart has looked for size at the three. (We'll ignore Tyreke Evans' stint there for the moment.) Garcia will almost assuredly become a free agent in July, and the Kings have an option on his contract for 2013-14. Needless to say, despite his reputation as a gem in the locker room and his varied skill set, I'd be stunned if they kept him beyond this season.
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