Kings Waive Former Utah State Star Neemias Queta

Sep 12, 2023, 4:16 PM | Updated: 4:20 pm

Utah State center Neemias Queta (Photo by David Becker/Getty Images)...

Utah State center Neemias Queta (Photo by David Becker/Getty Images)

(Photo by David Becker/Getty Images)

SALT LAKE CITY – The Sacramento Kings are waiving former Utah State Aggies star big man Neemias Queta.

ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski first reported the news on social media.

“ESPN Sources: After signing JaVale McGee to a free agent deal, the Sacramento Kings are waiving centers Nerlens Noel and Neemias Queta to give them a chance to play elsewhere,” Wojnarowski posted. “Both signed partially guaranteed one-year deals with Kings this summer.”


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Kings Drafted Queta In 2021

Queta has been a member of the Sacramento Kings since 2021 when they selected him with the 39th pick in the second round of the NBA Draft.

The Portuguese native was a standout at Utah State averaging 14.9 points, 10.1 rebounds, and 3.3 blocks at Utah State as a junior.

He originally tested the waters after his breakout freshman season with the Aggies but returned to Logan after struggling at the 2019 Draft Combine.


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Queta was also named to the All-Mountain West, All-Mountain West Tournament, and All-Mountain West Defensive team in each of his three seasons with the Aggies.

The shot-blocking stalwart also earned Mountain West Conference Freshman of the Year honors, and was twice named Mountain West Defensive Player of the Year.

Despite his terrific college career, Queta rarely saw the floor for the Kings.

The Utah State alum appeared in just 20 regular season games with the Kings over the last two years averaging 2.9 points, 2.1 rebounds, and 0.5 blocks per game.

Queta last appeared on the Kings Summer League roster where he appeared in four games averaging 8.8 points, 8.3 rebounds, 2.0 assists, and 1.5 blocks. The center saw his summer league end early with a foot injury.

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Kings Waive Former Utah State Star Neemias Queta