Player News - Kings

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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

Ray McCallum scored 12 points on 4-of-9 shooting (no threes, 4-of-7 FTs) with four rebounds and three assists in Monday's loss to the Grizzlies.

Outside of Rudy Gay's 24 points this was the best line in the Sacramento box, speaking to the overall lack of talent in Sacramento. Look for ownership to continue making changes.
Mar 30 - 11:10 PM

Sauce Castillo scored just four points on 1-of-3 shooting in 24 minutes on Monday, but still managed one trey, five boards, three assists, one steal and one block.

Castillo is not getting it done in fantasy leagues right now, but with the Kings potentially losing Rudy Gay (concussion) and DeMarcus Cousins looking at potential DNPs there could be some space here for him to produce. It's hard to say what upside he has, however, so owners can probably wait and see how this goes for now.
Mar 30 - 11:00 PM

Coach George Karl said he believes Rudy Gay was diagnosed with a concussion and that Gay blacked out after his collision on Monday.

He will have to go through the concussion protocol, which gives him very little chance to play for Wednesday. Although, Andre Drummond and Elijah Millsap only needed a little over one day to get through the protocol earlier this month, but that's still very rare. Gay could miss the entire week and he's not a must-own player if you really need games played this week. Ben McLemore, Omri Casspi, Ray McCallum and Sauce Castillo benefit.
Mar 30 - 10:48 PM

Rudy Gay is undergoing a concussion test on Monday and will not return.

He was able to walk back to the locker room on his own, but he was a little woozy. For now, we would consider Gay extremely doubtful to play for Wednesday's game in Houston and he could miss one of the upcoming home games this weekend. Omri Casspi, Ben McLemore and Sauce Castillo would benefit without Rudy.
Mar 30 - 9:57 PM

Reggie Evans and Jason Thompson will start against the Grizzlies on Monday night.

Omri Casspi will move to the bench because a small lineup probably won't work well against the Grizzlies. Evans and Thompson both posted 0.0 usage rates on Friday, so it's hard to be too excited about starting either in most leagues. Thompson is by far the more attractive play tonight.
Mar 30 - 6:41 PM

Chris Mullin will become the St. John's head coach for next season.

He was New York's Mr. Basketball before playing his college ball at St. John's and won the Wooden Award in 1985. Mullin does have some experience in the front office, but this will be his first head coaching job. His departure from the Kings could mean more responsibilities for Vlade Divac.
Mar 30 - 4:55 PM

Rudy Gay could sit on Wednesday night in Houston.

We're just guessing here, but the Kings sitting DeMarcus Cousins in a road game that's not in back-to-back set suggests Rudy won't play. We'll pass along anything official, but for now his owners should plan on him getting three games this week. Omri Casspi, Ben McLemore and Sauce Castillo would benefit most.
Mar 30 - 2:38 PM

DeMarcus Cousins (rest) will not play against the Grizzlies on Monday night.

He's going to sit on a road game and it's not even in a back-to-back set, so that's a really bad sign regarding his playing time in the final two weeks. Looking at the schedule, the Kings have a road game on Wednesday and two more homes games after that. In other words, he's probably a good bet for at least two games and could play in three. The Kings also have a road game in a back-to-back set on Sunday Apr. 12. With DMC out, Jason Thompson will likely benefit most while the usual four starters should have more offensive responsibility. Perhaps we see more Sauce Castillo.
Mar 30 - 2:13 PM

DeMarcus Cousins is not listed on the Kings' injury report for Monday's game in Memphis.

It's been a while since Cousins wasn't at least listed as probable, so this definitely bodes well. George Karl suggested recently that he may rest some players to tinker with his lineups in the Kings' final nine games, however, so Cousins' owners are forced to routinely double-check his status prior to tip-offs. Sacramento's next back-to-back set comes on April 7/8, so hopefully Karl will at least hold off on the DNP-CDs until next week.
Mar 30 - 12:46 AM

George Karl said he may be resting some players to experiment with some lineups as the Kings close out their regular-season, and he's talked with DeMarcus Cousins and Rudy Gay about possibly sitting out 1-2 games.

Owners of Gay and Cousins will need to be on high alert this next week for a potential rest day. They don't have any back-to-back sets coming until April 7, so it will be hard to predict when these rest days might come. Omri Casspi will benefit in Gay's absence, while Jason Thompson, Carl Landry, Derrick Williams, and Reggie Evans will all have the opportunity for extended minutes when Cousins sits. Stay tuned.

DeMarcus Cousins scored 39 points on 16-of-28 shooting (7-of-12 FTs) with 20 rebounds, two assists, one steal and three blocks in Friday's loss to the Pelicans.

As long as the big man isn't too angry or beat up he might successfully navigate tanking season. Rudy Gay added 18 points on 7-of-18 shooting with four rebounds, one steal, one block and one trey in the loss.
Mar 28 - 1:22 AM

Andre Miller played just 14 minutes off the bench on Friday, scoring four points on 2-of-4 shooting with three turnovers and that's it.

Ray McCallum (two points, two boards, five assists, one steal, 34 minutes) also struggled and this is what you get when dealing with low-end fantasy assets. Miller has fallen off lately and doesn't have enough upside to justify dealing with this kind of stuff, while McCallum is probably worth being more patient with. If and when Rudy Gay and DeMarcus Cousins start resting there will be a lot more stats to go around.
Mar 28 - 1:20 AM

Sauce Castillo scored five points on 2-of-4 shooting with one rebound, one assist, one steal and one 3-pointer in 19 minutes off the bench on Friday.

The artist formerly known as Nik Stauskas also had a nasty dunk. It's asking a lot for him to suddenly become a fantasy asset, but the buzz surrounding this nickname thing is just weird enough to loosen up the tight rookie. That and the Kings are tanking and trying to do anything they can to develop the kid, but what fun is that.
Mar 28 - 1:17 AM

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