Player News - Kings

Date: Team: Pos:

Omri Casspi (back) returned to practice on Wednesday.

He missed Monday's preseason game with his back issue, which hasn't been an issue since 2011. Casspi will back up Rudy Gay and won't have much fantasy value.
Oct 22 - 6:11 PM

Nik Stauskas (shoulder) practiced on Wednesday.

He just had some soreness in his shoulder and it's not considered serious. Stauskas' role is still unclear, but he'll likely get minutes in the low 20s this season. He's not quite worthy of a late-round pick in standard leagues.
Oct 22 - 6:09 PM

DeMarcus Cousins (Achilles) triple-doubled with turnovers in Monday's preseason loss to the Spurs, scoring 32 points on 12-of-14 shooting with 11 rebounds, four assists, two steals, one block and a whopping 10 turnovers.

Five of those turnovers were offensive fouls in a quintessential Boogie game tonight. The Spurs rested Tim Duncan and Tiago Splitter (calf) was out, so they had nobody that could even remotely control him. He's going to be a thrill ride this season. His Achilles' injury is not a concern.
Oct 21 - 12:19 AM

Rudy Gay (ankle) got back on the floor in Monday's preseason game against the Spurs, scoring 14 points on 4-of-12 shooting (10-of-12 FTs) with seven rebounds and one block in 32 minutes.

This wasn't a bad line but it was worth noting that Gay was taking bad shots that have characterized 'Bad Rudy' in past years. Isaiah Thomas kept him from doing that, but he's no longer there and prospective owners should keep in mind that his field goal percentage could slip this year.
Oct 21 - 12:17 AM

Carl Landry (knee) returned to action on Monday, scoring 15 points on 5-of-6 shooting (5-of-5 FTs) with seven rebounds and no steals or blocks in 18 minutes.

This is a Landry line if we've seen one. He'll need to have a bunch more before we recommend to owners that they deal with his fantasy deficient stat-set in standard leagues.
Oct 21 - 12:14 AM

Omri Casspi (back) will not play in Monday's preseason game against the Spurs.

As you can see there are a lot of folks taking the night off. Casspi is a pure backup for Sacramento and has no fantasy value.
Oct 20 - 7:37 PM

Nik Stauskas will not play on Monday against the Spurs due to a sore shoulder.

This is the first we've heard of it and it seems like a garden variety preseason absence. In other news, Rudy Gay (ankle) will return to action tonight.
Oct 20 - 7:33 PM

Jason Thompson will be the starting power forward to start the year in Sacramento.

The team's power forward situation is dreary and the interesting thing is if this means Ryan Hollins will join an already crowded rotation as the backup center. Of course, Thompson could stagger his minutes and back up DeMarcus Cousins, too. Unless Carl Landry is hurt and we don't know it, the PF position is going to include Landry, Reggie Evans, Eric Moreland and Derrick Williams competing for minutes.
Oct 20 - 7:32 PM

The Kings picked up their $3.2 million option on Ben McLemore's contract on Sunday.

He had a rough game on Saturday, but did well overall in preseason thus far. If McLemore can stave off Nik Stauskas, he may be worth a spot in deep leagues, but a timeshare looks imminent, making it tough to own either in standard leagues.
Oct 19 - 2:50 PM

The Kings waived G Deonte Burton on Sunday.

Burton was originally signed as a guy to be emergency depth behind Darren Collison and Ray McCallum, however, once Ramon Sessions was acquired there was really no reason to have a fourth point guard on the roster.
Oct 19 - 8:45 AM

The Kings have waived C Sim Bhullar.

Sim Bhullar is massive at 7'5" and 355 pounds and had a nice moment last night scoring his first pro bucket at the end of regulation. His size may get him opportunity elsewhere, however his limited basketball skills takes him completely off the radar with regards to fantasy.
Oct 19 - 8:39 AM

Ramon Sessions kept his strong preseason going on Saturday with 11 points, two rebounds, six assists, one steal and two turnovers in 24 minutes.

He shot 4-of-6 from the field and 3-of-4 from the line. Sessions has kept his turnovers down and has been able to attack the rim for the Kings so far. Darren Collison played well with 12 points and three dimes tonight and should be favored to start, but Sessions could have value off the bench.
Oct 19 - 2:00 AM

DeMarcus Cousins turned the ball over nine times in 26 minutes on Saturday with 19 points, 12 boards, two blocks and one steal.

The turnovers were a bit much and he did have 4.0 turnovers per game in limited action before tonight. Cousins is still going to be a monster for fantasy owners and is worth a look at the end of the first round.
Oct 19 - 1:57 AM

Reggie Evans grabbed 13 boards on Saturday during a 91-59 win over Maccabi Haifa to go with two points, one assist and one steal.

When an opponent misses 57 shots, there are going to be some boards. Evans is going to get his piece of the pie, but there just won't be much fantasy value here for the one-category big man. Fantasy owners in any league should be able to do better. Jason Thompson was awful in his 15 minutes, failing to score.
Oct 19 - 1:52 AM

Ben McLemore made just 1-of-7 from the field for four points on Saturday.

He was actually playing well in the preseason, so we can't bash him here. Still, McLemore is not worth drafting in almost any league.
Oct 19 - 1:48 AM

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