Player News - Kings

Date: Team: Pos:

Wille Cauley-Stein said he added nearly 20 pounds of muscle and added five inches to his vertical in three months.

First of all, is this even possible? Cauley-Stein is an absolute freak, but he's fairly thin. Thrill says he's working on his shooting, which will go a long way if the Kings want to play him next to DeMarcus Cousins.
Jul 6 - 8:12 PM

Ryan Hollins is getting interest from Sacramento and the Pelicans.

He played 9.6 minutes per game last season with the team from Sacramento, averaging 3.0 points, 2.2 boards, 0.4 blocks and 0.1 steals in 9.6 minutes per game. Hollins will look to enter his 10th NBA season.
Jul 6 - 6:08 PM

A DeMarcus Cousins trade remains on the table, according to the Sacramento Bee.

Per the Bee, Cousins' issues with Coach George Karl "have not been resolved." It would be stunning to see the Kings turn around and move Cousins after being this active on the free agent market, but nothing would surprise anyone at this point when it comes to what happens with the Kings. The Lakers remain at the forefront of the line for Cousins' services.
Jul 6 - 9:10 AM

Omri Casspi and the Kings have agreed upon on a two-year, $6 million deal.

Casspi is reportedly excited to play for coach George Karl and the Kings were "intent" upon retaining him, and his $3 million annual salary is a relative bargain in this summer's free-agent sweepstakes. Casspi should fare well in Karl's system, spending time at both SF and PF, but his game has never translated to fantasy value.
Jul 5 - 10:35 PM

Kosta Koufos and the Kings agreed to a four-year, $33 million deal.

The Kings were able to pry Koufos away from teams like the Clippers, but they did have to pay up for a backup big man. Coach George Karl was a fan of Kosta in Denver and he may use him at power forward. He fared very well at rim protection last season, but that was in a terrific Memphis system. Koufos wasn't able to step up in three starts last season, so he doesn't have great handcuff value. Plus, he only had an 11.5 usage rate as a power forward next to Marc Gasol last season. The Kings have arguably the best center in basketball, but they drafted a center at six and their biggest contract of the offseason was also to a center.
Jul 4 - 11:02 PM

Rajon Rondo asked the Kings to get a shooter, which led to signing Marco Belinelli.

Let's get this straight: Rondo picked up a one-year, $10 million deal with no apparent competition for his services and he is having a voice in personnel decisions? The Kings need some help.
Jul 3 - 7:40 PM

Rajon Rondo and the Kings agreed on a one-year deal for $10 million.

So who bid against the Kings here? Rondo was benched at the end of the playoffs last season and the Mavs offense slipped since they picked him up. They were first in the NBA for offensive rating before Rondo, but fell all the way to 13th in offensive rating while he was on the Mavs. Darren Collison was much better than Rondo was last year and he's a better fit on the Kings right now, too. Rondo is a high-risk player to think about late in drafts.
Jul 3 - 7:12 PM

The Grizzlies could do a sign-and-trade with Kosta Koufos and move him to the Clippers.

The Clippers are in scramble mode right now and Koufos is arguably the best center available on the market. They could try to deal with the Pacers and Roy Hibbert, too. Plus, any team wanting to deal a center is probably giving the Clips a call.
Jul 3 - 5:35 PM

Rajon Rondo and the Kings ended their meeting and didn't agree to terms on a deal.

It would almost be a shock to see Rondo agreeing to terms with another team. It probably makes the most sense for him to do a one-year deal or a two-year deal with a player option to allow him to boost his value. His value is at its low point and his style doesn't fit with the 3-point friendly NBA. The Lakers may also go after Rondo.
Jul 3 - 3:31 PM

The Kings and Marco Belinellli have agreed to a three-year, $19 million deal.

Well, Vivek Ranadive's money is still good. The Kings have whiffed on every noteworthy free agent until now, so Belinelli may actually have a chance to start -- that's unlikely and Ben McLemore is still the heavy favorite. Plus, the Kings desperately need 3-point shooting, so he is likely going to have a chance to score in double figures. He'll be a sneaky late-round specialist for 3-pointers.
Jul 3 - 2:37 PM

Unrestricted free agent Marco Belinelli would reportedly like to return with the Spurs next season.

Belinelli has received interest from the Warriors and Hornets, but it looks like he'd still like to return to the team that he won a championship with in 2014. However, San Antonio may not have the room financially if they're able to land LaMarcus Aldridge via free agency, so that will be a determining factor in Belinelli's options. Marco won't be anything more than a backup wherever he lands, so he's not going to have any value in standard leagues next season.
Jul 3 - 10:33 AM

The Lakers called Rajon Rondo on Thursday to "touch base," according to Ramona Shelburne of ESPN.com.

Up until this point, the Kings were the only team expressing interest in Rondo. While calling a player is hardly enough to classify as serious interest, the Kings now have another team to worry about. Rondo can probably expect the Kings to make a bigger offer now.
Jul 2 - 11:52 PM

Kosta Koufos has interest from the Mavs, Lakers and Kings.

He's clearly a backup plan and there's actually a decent chance he starts for the Mavs or Lakers. Koufos made three starts last season, averaging 7.0 points, 6.0 boards and 0.7 blocks. He'd be a low-end option in deeper fantasy leagues in the right situation.
Jul 2 - 7:25 PM

The Kings and Rajon Rondo will reportedly have a meeting on Friday.

Rondo is an unrestricted free agent and looking for a one-year deal to improve his stock after a horrendous season with the Mavs. There's reportedly mutual interest here, and the Kings seem to be the frontrunners for acquiring his services. If Rondo does land in Sacramento, he would really hurt the value of Darren Collison. As for fantasy, Rondo shouldn't be very high on anyone's draft boards regardless of where he winds up after averaging just 9.3 points and 6.5 assists on 43.6 percent shooting in Dallas.
Jul 2 - 2:43 PM

James Anderson has agreed to a multi-year deal with the Kings, according to league sources.

This signing won't make waves with Kings fans, but Sacramento is still set to meet with Rajon Rondo and Wesley Matthews after missing out on Monta Ellis. Anderson averaged 10.1 points, 3.8 rebounds, 1.8 assists, and 1.4 treys with the 76ers during the 2013-14 season, but shouldn't be on any fantasy radars after playing in Lithuania last season.
Jul 2 - 1:49 PM


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