Player News - Kings

Date: Team: Pos:

Kings GM Pete D'Alessandro said that Derrick Williams will play for Sacramento's Summer League team in Las Vegas.

Ben McLemore and Ray McCallum will be joining Williams in the Summer League as well. It makes sense for McLemore and McCallum, as both players will be entering their second seasons and need to refine their game against NBA competition as much as possible. Williams is entering his fourth season and players with his tenure usually do not participate in Summer League games. This perhaps raises more questions than answers as to what his role with the Kings will be next season.
Apr 22 - 4:57 PM

The Kings will extend Isaiah Thomas a qualifying offer to make him a restricted free agent this summer, according to GM Pete D'Alessandro.

The qualifying offer is a formality and Thomas has said that he prefers to re-sign with the Kings, but a massive offer sheet from another team could change the equation. The Kings may also be willing to put their eggs into Ray McCallum's basket at point guard, for better or worse, and Thomas will be one of the most coveted PGs in free agency along with (unrestricted) Kyle Lowry and (restricted) Eric Bledsoe. Thomas had a breakout fantasy campaign this season, posting averages of 20.3 points, 6.3 assists on 45.3 percent shooting.
Apr 22 - 4:44 PM

Impending restricted free agent Isaiah Thomas said he would prefer to stay with the Kings.

Thomas was a breakout sensation following the December Greivis Vasquez trade. In 54 starts, IT2 averaged 21.2 points, 6.8 assists, 3.1 rebounds, 1.9 3-pointers and 1.2 steals while shooting a healthy 45.1 percent from the field. He left no doubt that he's a plus starter in the NBA despite being listed at 5'9/185. We'd expect the Kings to match any reasonable offers.
Apr 18 - 11:49 AM

The Kings will try to retain Rudy Gay even if he exercises his opt-out clause.

Gay can become an unrestricted free agent by opting out of a contract that will pay him $19.3 million next year. We'd be a little surprised if he passed up that kind of cash, but it's possible considering how much the Kings coaches and front office reportedly like him. Gay may see the opt-out as a chance to get a more guaranteed money in a long-term deal.
Apr 18 - 11:36 AM

Ben McLemore ended his season with a bang on Wednesday during a 104-99 loss to the Suns, scoring a career-high 31 points with five boards, five assists, one steal and three 3-pointers in 42 minutes.

He scored 19 points on Sunday and figured out how to get his own shot to close the season. McLemore's off-the-ball game needed some work throughout the year and his isolation game was non-existent for much of the season, but he showed some promise. Still, the sample size is too small to make him a target in drafts next season.
Apr 17 - 1:16 AM

Rudy Gay played 16 minutes against the Suns on Wednesday, scoring six points with six boards, two assists and one turnover.

It was a bit of a surprise to even see him in the lineup after missing Sunday's game due to a back injury. Gay had a tremendous turnaround with the Kings after putting up some horrible efficiency with the Raptors earlier this year. The Kings got him more buckets in transition and he was much better off screens, so he could keep it up in 2014-15.
Apr 17 - 1:05 AM

Rudy Gay (back) and Isaiah Thomas (quad) will play on Wednesday night.

This is a bit of a surprise and Gay's back must be feeling good. He missed Sunday's game and should be busy tonight with DeMarcus Cousins (suspension) out. Derrick Williams could still get some run at power forward tonight and is a possible fantasy option.
Apr 16 - 9:05 PM

DeMarcus Cousins will be suspended for Wednesday's game against the Suns.

He picked up his 16th foul on Sunday night and the league will not rescind that infraction. Cousins was outstanding this season and averaged 22.7 points, 11.7 boards, 2.9 assists, 1.3 blocks and 1.5 steals on 49.6 percent from the field. He'll be a top-20 pick in fantasy drafts next season. As for Wednesday, Reggie Evans and Jason Thompson figure to get more run, but they're not particularly strong plays on a 15-game night.
Apr 14 - 5:32 PM

Kings rookie Ben McLemore scored 19 points on 6-of-11 FGs and 4-of-5 FTs with three 3-pointers on Sunday, marking his second-highest scoring total of the season.

His 39 minutes were second only to Derrick Williams and it's encouraging to see him catch fire from the field, since his 37.0 percent shooting is a glaring problem for a 'shooting guard'. He was the No. 7 pick in the 2013 draft and the Kings have played him 26 minutes per game as a rookie, so he should get no lack of opportunities during his sophomore season.
Apr 14 - 12:40 AM

Isaiah Thomas (quad) made a surprising return to action on Sunday, starting at PG and finishing with 14 points on 6-of-13 shooting, three rebounds and four assists in 30 minutes.

Thomas had been targeting a return on Wednesday but he felt good during pre-game warmups and decided to suit up with the training staff's blessing. He looked great in the first quarter and the only real problem seemed to be his conditioning, so he should be fine for Wednesday's season finale.
Apr 14 - 12:03 AM

Ray McCallum shifted to the bench on Sunday, scoring 11 points with three rebounds, six assists and one block in 28 minutes of action.

The rookie averaged 45 minutes while filling in as a starter, so there's no way to sugarcoat the loss of value with Isaiah Thomas (quad) back in action. IT2 is headed for a payday as a restricted free agent and McCallum could find himself with an unquestioned starting job if the Kings balk at matching his contract.
Apr 14 - 12:01 AM

Derrick Williams had 13 points, one 3-pointer, four rebounds and one steal in another fill-in start at SF for the Kings on Sunday.

Rudy Gay was a late scratch due to his ongoing back injury, so D-Will logged 40 minutes in a tough three-point win. He averaged 12.9 points, 7.8 rebounds and 1.2 steals in 13 starts this season, but the Kings' personnel moves this season may determine his fantasy value for 2014-15.
Apr 14 - 12:00 AM

DeMarcus Cousins picked up his 16th technical foul of the season on Sunday, which means he'll be suspended for the Kings' season finale on Wednesday.

The technical may be rescinded, but if not DMC went out with a bang, scoring 35 points on 13-of-21 shooting with 15 rebounds, six assists, one steal and three blocks. He also became the eighth-leading scorer in Kings' franchise history with 5,178 points in his brief career, and there's some consolation in the fact that he didn't earn this suspension until the season's final game.
Apr 13 - 11:51 PM

Updating a previous report, Isaiah Thomas (quad) will start Sunday's game in place of rookie Ray McCallum.

Thomas was originally ruled out, then listed as doubtful, then questionable, and now he's starting. He may not play a ton of minutes in his first game back after a long absence, but it's still good news for the Kings and anyone who held onto him despite his injury and the threat of him being shut down for the year.
Apr 13 - 9:04 PM

Isaiah Thomas (quad) will be 'active' for the Kings on Sunday, though it's uncertain whether he'll play.

Thomas feels good enough to suit up but coach Mike Malone may take the cautious route and bench him again, before starting him in Wednesday's finale. Most fantasy owners are probably riding Ray McCallum at this point, especially since IT2 wasn't expected to return this weekend, so this may throw a wrench in the works.
Apr 13 - 8:37 PM


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