Player News - Kings

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Willie Cauley-Stein flashed his potential in Monday's exhibition win over the Blazers, scoring six points on 3-of-5 shooting with five rebounds, one steal and two blocks in 21 minutes.

WCS showed off his physical tools and despite his solid play, he was definitely winded toward the ends of his shifts. Our guess is that he got the message regarding coming into camp at peak condition and that storyline will die down by the time the season starts. If he can stay on the floor for George Karl, he'll have a chance to put up hustle numbers as a last round flier-type.
Oct 6 - 1:00 AM

Darren Collison scored 21 points with four rebounds and 10 assists in 36 minutes off the bench in Monday's preseason opener against the Blazers.

Collison did a lot of his damage against scrubs but he was impressive throughout and he's the better player between he and Rajon Rondo -- in both fantasy and reality. Rondo added five points, five boards, three assists, and two steals in 19 non-descript minutes. George Karl isn't going to put too much stock in the first preseason game, but we'd be surprised if he doesn't already know what kind of hand he's holding.
Oct 6 - 12:53 AM

Marco Belinelli scored 32 points on 12-of-18 shooting with four threes, three boards, four assists and three steals in Monday's preseason win over the Blazers.

Belinelli was sharp outside of some trouble at the stripe (4-of-8 FTs) and five turnovers, but this wasn't a very sharp game and it comes with the obvious preseason disclaimer. He'll have a floor of about 21-25 mpg and if he gains ground on Ben McLemore (0-for-5 FGs, one point, 18 minutes), then he can only go up from there. He's still not in the standard league discussion.
Oct 6 - 12:49 AM

Willie Cauley-Stein admitted that he wasn't in great shape at the beginning of training camp, but said he's now "back to normal."

"Two weeks from now it’s going to be fun," he said. "I’m going to be hydroplaning up and down the court. I’m not going to feel winded at all." He vowed to never report to camp with poor conditioning again, and his frank acknowledgement of the issue is encouragingly mature for a 22-year-old rookie. The Kings' frontcourt depth is a big hurdle to WCS's fantasy value this season, so owners shouldn't reach for him on draft day.
Oct 5 - 4:11 PM

CSN Insider James Ham told the Koz and Bru Show that Willie Cauley-Stein struggled to run up and down the court during training camp.

WCS has had some positive moments during camp but being out of condition is a small red flag. We'll want to see him move past this before getting too optimistic about his upside, as George Karl has a plethora of options to choose from in his frontcourt and won't cut the rookie any slack.
Oct 5 - 4:16 AM

Kings coach George Karl apologized for suggesting that DeMarcus Cousins wasn't "untradeable," saying, "That was wrong for me to say, because [the media] took it and blew it up into crazy."

"It’s my responsibility to be smart enough to not say things like that," Karl said. "So I did apologize [to Cousins] because I thought that was ... the only thing that got us separated." They have reportedly mended their relationship since that rift and Karl is obviously eager to move past the drama, which is great news for everyone involved. Cousins is poised for a monster season as the centerpiece of the revamped Kings.
Oct 4 - 4:34 PM

Kings head coach George Karl said that Rajon Rondo has been a strong leader.

"He’s been a strong leader," Karl said. "There’s no question he’s a very veteran, no-nonsense, do-it-the-right-way guy. And this team probably needed some of those guys." Rondo was coaching on the sidelines during practice on Friday because he had a sore sacrum, but he returned to the court on Sunday. We've heard several positive reports out of Sacramento regarding Rondo, but it won't be easy for him to hold off Darren Collison for the starting role.
Oct 4 - 12:33 PM

Kings head coach George Karl said that Seth Curry has been impressive during training camp.

"Seth is pretty explosive and impressive at times," Karl said. "Again, rookies, young players have trouble finding a consistency, finding a personality on a team. This would be a different camp if this team had been together, but you have 10 guys searching for their part and what they’re going to be. So no one is allowing someone to have an opportunity. It’s a fight." Curry should make the final roster and his contract is guaranteed, but he likely won't make a fantasy impact while the Kings are at full strength.
Oct 4 - 9:30 AM

Marco Belinelli (hamstring) was back at practice on Saturday.

He sat out on Friday and it was never considered serious. Belinelli is probably the Kings' best 3-point shooter, so look for him to help space the floor in the second unit. He's only worth a look in deep leagues.
Oct 3 - 3:38 PM

Rajon Rondo (sacrum) was back at practice on Saturday.

He had a sore sacrum on Friday, which is one of the strangest injuries in recent memory. Whatever the case, Rondo will be ready to go as the slight favorite to start in Sacramento, even though Darren Collison checks in as the better player and has been impressing George Karl right off the bat.
Oct 3 - 3:37 PM

The Kings picked up their 2016-17 option on Ben McLemore.

The Kings sent Sauce Castillo to Philly, so they have a lot of confidence in McLemore. After the break while the Kings were a little banged up, his usage rate did jump up, but his efficiency went in the other direction. Considering his opportunity, he's worth a look late in drafts.
Oct 3 - 3:06 PM

Kings head coach George Karl said that Kosta Koufos is a player who he is going to like having on the court.

"Kosta’s developed a game now where fundamentally he doesn’t make many mistakes," Karl said. "He’s a very good big-guy defender. He knows how to stay on the court. He’s not a flashy player, but he’s a guy you’re going to like having on the court." Karl hasn't revealed his intentions for the starting lineup, but Koufos has spent some time playing center next to DeMarcus Cousins in camp. Koufos is worth keeping an eye on in case he secures a sizable role.
Oct 3 - 9:49 AM

The Kings have picked up Ben McLemore's fourth-year option.

McLemore had a solid sophomore season with Kings, posting averages of 12.1 points, 2.9 boards, 1.7 assists, 0.9 steals and 1.7 3-pointers per game, so it was an easy decision for Sacramento. McLemore said that he has focused on improving his defense this summer, so that will be something to look for during the preseason. There will be plenty of competition for playing time with Marco Belinelli and Darren Collison vying for minutes, so McLemore is just a late-round flier in standard leagues.
Oct 3 - 9:39 AM

Arturas Gudaitis could come to the NBA as soon as the 2016-17 season.

The Kings own the Lithuanian big man's rights, and he will reportedly play for their summer league team next year. Gudaitis is 22 years old and posted averages of 6.5 points, 2.2 boards and 0.9 blocks in 15.4 minutes per game in Euroleague. We will keep tabs on the young prospect's progress, but he isn't on the fantasy radar this season.
Source: Sportando
Oct 3 - 9:08 AM

Rajon Rondo is dealing with a sore sacrum.

That's a new one. The sacrum is basically the bone attaching the back, pelvis and tailbone. It doesn't sound serious and Rondo should be ready for the preseason opener on Monday.
Oct 2 - 5:07 PM

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