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According to former Kings beat writer Sam Amick, DeMarcus Cousins' reinstatement from suspension on Dec. 24 was "made unilaterally by the team's owners and went against the wishes and planned protocol of the team's front office."

Keith Smart was informed of the decision but was later "allowed" to bench Cousins for Wednesday's game, while GM Geoff Petrie, who has been with the Kings for 19 years, "was not a key part of the reinstatement process." Roughly speaking, this leaves us with a disgruntled (to be kind) franchise player who is being pressured to take the team's suggestion that he see a psychiatrist, a puppet coach whose rotations and game management defy logic, a GM who is reduced to a cipher now at the most critical junctures (and who is "all but certain" to leave the team after the season), and a pair of nouveau-broke millionaire owners who are trying to sell the Kings at an above-value price of $500 million on the pretext that a new owner could move it to a more lucrative market. At this point, the only dignified thing that could save the NBA's image here is for the other owners to pressure the Maloofs to sell the team to Sacto buyers.
Sun, Dec 30, 2012 08:21:00 AM

Frank Kaminsky scored a game-high 23 points during a 99-85 win over the Kings on Saturday, adding a career-high 13 rebounds with three assists, two steals and a career-high five 3-pointers.

He's been all the Hornets could've hoped for as a center. Ever since the Hornets got stomped in Oakland on Feb. 1, coach Steve Clifford has talked up how well Kaminsky has performed closer to the basket on defense. On offense, he's really hitting his stride lately, averaging 19.8 points, 7.6 boards, 3.0 assists, 1.4 blocks, 1.2 steals and 3.0 treys in his last five. While he won't be this good, he has to be owned right now.
Feb 25 - 8:54 PM

Patrick McCaw is starting in place of Kevin Durant (hand) on Saturday vs. the Nets.

It sounds like the Warriors are simply being cautious with Durant against the weakest team in the NBA, so McCaw is just a streaming option in deeper leagues tonight. In three previous starts this season, the rookie averaged 10.0 points, 2.7 assists, 1.7 rebounds, 0.7 steals and 1.3 3-pointers.
Feb 25 - 8:50 PM

Updating a previous report, Patrick Beverley (groin) will play on Saturday vs. the Wolves.

Wow. He was ruled out less than an hour ago, but the Rockets changed their mind after he worked and told them that he was feeling better. Beverley will stick in the starting lineup and there's no word of any restrictions. We'll let you know how he fares after the game.
Feb 25 - 7:59 PM

Skal Labissiere grabbed a career-high 13 rebounds against the Hornets on Saturday, adding eight points, one assist and one steal in 23 minutes.

He played nine minutes in the first half and the final 14 minutes with this game getting into garbage time. Labissiere looks to be the power forward of the future for the Kings with Anthony Tolliver as his main competition for minutes. After his career-high 12 points on Thursday, he's shown off as a scorer in the past two games with some catch-and-shoot to go with putting it on the floor. Skal is clearly trending up and is already worth a look in 16-team leagues.
Feb 25 - 7:58 PM

Updating a previous item, Lance Thomas will start and not Kyle O'Quinn against the 76ers on Saturday.

This makes a lot more sense than the previous report. Thomas started the second half on Thursday and played 31 minutes, so he should get plenty of run. He's till only a deep-league stream with Kristaps Porzingis (ankle) having a chance to play Monday.
Feb 25 - 7:44 PM

Clint Capela will start against the Wolves on Saturday.

Coach Mike D'Antoni has been mixing it up with his five man and will go with Capela against Karl-Anthony. Towns. Capela has played 24.3 minutes per game this month, but he may be closer to 30 in this matchup. He should be owned in standard leagues.
Feb 25 - 7:24 PM

Hollis Thompson will start at shooting guard against the Mavs on Saturday.

The Pelicans have Jrue Holiday, Tim Frazier and a bunch of 10-day deal guards for tonight. Thompson should be looking at minutes in the 20s while Frazier should see a decent amount of minutes next to Holiday. Frazier would be the better DFS play today.
Feb 25 - 7:11 PM

Jerian Grant will start against the Cavs on Saturday.

Coach Fred Hoiberg said he wanted to keep Rajon Rondo in the rotation, so Grant may not get many minutes in the start. He's not a fantasy option.
Feb 25 - 7:03 PM

Nerlens Noel will come off the bench against the Pelicans on Saturday.

He is going to start very soon, but the Mavs will go with Dirk Nowitzki at center for at least one more time. Noel isn't in a better system compared to Philly, but there's no doubt he'll be getting more playing time. He should be a mid-round guy going forward.
Feb 25 - 7:00 PM

LeBron James (illness) will not play against the Bulls on Saturday night.

He is not even in the building due to his illness. Richard Jefferson will start for LeBron, but it'll obviously be a team effort to replace James' elite passing, 37.5 minutes and 29.2 usage rate. Via NBAWowy, Kyrie Irving has a whopping 45.5 usage rate in his 149 minutes without LeBron and Kevin Love(knee). There should be more shots for basically the entire rotation, as well.
Feb 25 - 6:49 PM

Al Jefferson (dental pain) is out for Saturday against the Heat.

He had a procedure earlier this week and will miss his second straight game. Rakeem Christmas was the backup five and actually played well, so maybe he can get 15 minutes behind Myles Turner. Christmas isn't an add almost anywhere, of course.
Feb 25 - 6:44 PM




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