Player News - Kings

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Jason Thompson came off the bench behind Carl Landry (10 points, 4 rebounds) and hit 7-of-9 shots for 16 points and 10 rebounds in 21 minutes.

He'll split minutes with Landry going forward and both of them played 21 tonight. Thompson is a good rebounder, but usually an offensive liability, so you can flip a coin on which player will be better from night to night. Derrick Williams also played 21 minutes and had 10 points, five boards and a 3-pointer, adding further confusion to the Kings' power forward position right now.
Apr 1 - 11:46 PM

DeMarcus Cousins went off for 24 points, 21 rebounds, 10 assists, three steals and six blocks on 11-of-25 shooting in Wednesday's tough loss to the Rockets.

Wow. Dwight Howard was out tonight and Boogie had a field day. It was also nice to see him playing on the road, as there had been speculation that he might only play in home games going forward. Boogie is one of those superstars that you'll have to keep tabs on from day-to-day, but if he's playing, you have to have him in your lineup.
Apr 1 - 11:43 PM

Omri Casspi started for Rudy Gay (concussion) and hit 8-of-17 shots for 18 points, seven rebounds, four assists and three steals in 38 minutes of Wednesday's loss to the Rockets.

Casspi was a smart play tonight with Gay out and Casspi playing his former team, and he came through. Gay's likely to miss more time, so feel free to take a short-term flier on Casspi, which could turn into a long-term flier if Gay struggles to get his head right.
Apr 1 - 11:41 PM

Omri Casspi is starting Wednesday's game in place of Rudy Gay (concussion).

Gay is expected to miss at least 4-5 games so Casspi could earn more starts, and he's worth a look for anyone seeking 3-pointers. Derrick Williams and Nik Stauskas may also pick up extra playing time in Gay's absence, which keeps them on the radar in deeper leagues.
Apr 1 - 8:16 PM

The Kings have called up 7'5" center Sim Bhullar from the D-League.

He will ink a 10-day contract and 'Sim City' is sure to attract some headlines -- in addition to his 7'5" and 370-pound frame, he's the first player of Indian descent to ever play in the NBA. He's averaging 10.3 points, 8.8 rebounds and 3.9 blocks in the D-League and is at least worth keeping on your radar with DeMarcus Cousins likely to be rested down the stretch.
Apr 1 - 8:08 PM

Jason Thompson will come off the Kings' bench on Wednesday with Carl Landry taking over the starting PF job.

George Karl hasn't given a specific reason for the switch. This shouldn't impact fantasy lineups in standard leagues, as Thompson was averaging a mere 5.9 points, 5.5 rebounds and 0.5 blocks in March.
Apr 1 - 7:54 PM

DeMarcus Cousins will play against the Rockets in Houston on Wednesday.

Coach George Karl said on Monday he would think about resting Cousins on the road, so this is a mild surprise. Cousins' fantasy owners can start him tonight in what should be a productive game with Rudy Gay (concussion) out. The other Kings' players aren't going to have as high of a ceiling.
Apr 1 - 6:52 PM

Carl Landry will start against the Rockets on Wednesday.

He'll start next to Omri Casspi and DeMarcus Cousins tonight. Landry will likely get around 20 minutes tonight and is worth a look in deep leagues. Derrick Williams has the higher upside.
Apr 1 - 6:51 PM

The Kings may sign Sim Bhullar to a 10-day deal.

Interesting. Bhullar gained a lot of popularity during Summer League for his famous picture next to DeMarcus Cousins, which made Cousins look more like Nate Robinson than one of the biggest centers in the NBA. If the Kings are going to rest Cousins, maybe the 7'5, 359-pound big man gets some minutes. Leave him on the wire for now, though.
Apr 1 - 2:58 PM

DeMarcus Cousins is not on the injury report for Wednesday's game against the Rockets.

It's still a guessing game, but Cousins may wind up playing on the road. On Monday, coach George Karl hinted that he would rest Cousins in games away from Sleep Train Arena. If he's out, Jason Thompson would log most of the big-man minutes. Additionally, Ben McLemore and Derrick Williams would have more offensive responsibility.
Apr 1 - 2:49 PM

Rudy Gay (concussion) has officially been ruled out for Wednesday's game.

He's expected to miss at least 4-5 days while clearing the NBA's concussion protocol. Head coach George Karl isn't sure who will replace Gay in the starting lineup -- Omri Casspi and Derrick Williams are prime candidates, though Nik Stauskas could also emerge as a big winner for however long Gay is sidelined.
Mar 31 - 9:21 PM

George Karl said that he expects Rudy Gay (concussion) to be out at least 4-5 days as he undergoes the leagues concussion protocol.

It doesn't sound likely that Gay will be back this week, so owners in a playoff format that ends at the end of this week should really consider sending Gay to the wire. Omri Casspi and Derrick Williams will have the opportunity for some extended minutes with Gay sidelined, and Casspi is worth a look in deep leagues for those seeking some 3-point shooting.
Mar 31 - 3:19 PM

George Karl said that he was unsure who his starters will be for Wednesday's game vs. Houston.

Rudy Gay has already been ruled out for Wednesday's game, and DeMarcus Cousins (rest) spent Monday's game on the sidelines, but Karl said earlier in the week that he may give Cousins 1-2 games of rest. The Kings will be on the road for Wednesday's game, and then they return to Sacramento for two home games, so it would appear Cousins is certainly in jeopardy of missing Wednesday's game. If Cousins sits on Wednesday, there will be more opportunities on offense for guys like Ben McLemore, Ray McCallum, and Jason Thompson. Reggie Evans, Derrick Williams, Omri Casspi, and Nik Stauskas would also have the opportunity for extended minutes. Stay tuned.

DeMarcus Cousins may not play in remaining road games this season based on some comments from George Karl.

"I said, 'Instead of thinking about shutting it down, let's try to find some days that you can get your body rested.' We might schedule a piece of our games and [rest Cousins] again," coach George Karl said. "It gives me an opportunity to experiment a little bit. At home, I'd like to go in and [let Cousins play] every game. But on the road, I might experiment a little bit more." He's likely out on Wednesday, but the Kings do have three home games from Apr. 3-7. After that, four of their final five games will be on the road. Cousins isn't a must-own player right now, but the prudent move might be to hold him until he gets his three home games and then drop him on Apr. 8.
Mar 31 - 1:20 AM

Rudy Gay (concussion) will not play against the Rockets on Wednesday.

Considering he blacked out following the collision, Gay is likely going to be out for at least a week. His fantasy owners can consider dropping him at any depth if they need games played. Meanwhile, Omri Casspi would get the start while Derrick Williams, Ben McLemore, Ray McCallum and Sauce Castillo would benefit.
Mar 30 - 11:52 PM

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