Player News - Kings

Date: Team: Pos:

DeMarcus Cousins (ankle) is considered doubtful for Sunday's game vs. Portland.

While he wasn't able to practice on Saturday, he was able to get a few shots up afterwards. Cousins was held out of Friday's game vs. the Spurs, and with the Kings going nowhere in the Western Conference, they will probably err on the side of caution Sunday. Jason Thompson is coming off a double-double and would be worth a look in daily leagues if Cousins sits, while Carl Landry and Reggie Evans will see increased roles as well. Expect another update after shootaround Sunday morning.
Feb 28 - 6:59 PM

DeMarcus Cousins (ankle) did not practice on Saturday and he is up in the air for Sunday against the Blazers.

He tried to play through his ankle sprain from Wednesday and it's apparently costing him playing time. The Kings will likely update Cousins again tomorrow morning, but he should be considered questionable for now. With Cousins out on Friday, Jason Thompson double-doubled and Ben McLemore also stepped up with 21 points. Both should have a similar chance to perform sans DMC.
Feb 28 - 5:01 PM

Jason Thompson scored 12 points on 6-of-10 shooting with 11 rebounds and one block in the Kings' 107-96 home loss to the Spurs on Friday.

Thompson has been pretty good so far under George Karl but he got his numbers with DeMarcus Cousins out and he should be back anytime now. If he can keep it up when Cousins returns, we'll let you know.
Feb 28 - 4:26 AM

Ray McCallum scored a season-high 20 points on 10-of-17 shooting with zero rebounds, three assists and one steal in Friday's loss to the Spurs.

McCallum missed his only 3-point attempt and did not get to the foul line, and so far he hasn't shown the versatility one wants in standard fantasy formats. If he can shoot with any degree of effectiveness he's well-positioned to be a fantasy asset, but shooting has been the issue holding him back throughout his career. Regardless, he's worth a look in standard formats.
Feb 28 - 4:24 AM

Ben McLemore scored 21 points on 5-of-8 shooting (10-of-12 FTs) with four rebounds, two assists and one 3-pointer in Friday's loss to the Spurs.

McLemore has looked pretty good this season but the usage just hasn't been there, and his stat-set is somewhat deficient for standard formats. He got the extra looks tonight with DeMarcus Cousins out with a short-term ankle issue, but he should slowly see his role increase as the Kings finish out the season under George Karl.
Feb 28 - 4:22 AM

Omri Casspi managed just six points, four rebounds and one steal in 24 minutes off the bench on Friday.

Casspi had a 17-rebound game on Saturday but hasn't been able to do squat since. This action can be watched from the wire.
Feb 28 - 4:20 AM

Carl Landry will start next to Jason Thompson on Friday night against the Spurs.

In the George Karl era, these two guys have logged a grand total of four minutes next to each other, but they were great with an offensive rating of 154.2 in those four minutes. Landry is capable of putting up numbers and he might be worth a look in deep leagues. He's still not someone to trust on a 14-game night, obviously.
Feb 27 - 8:26 PM

DeMarcus Cousins (ankle) will not play against the Spurs on Friday.

That's a lot of offense to replace with Boogie posting a ridiculous 37.3 usage rate since George Karl took over. Plus, he's on pace to have the highest usage rate for a center in a season ever (among qualifiers for minutes per game). With Boogie out, the Kings are likely going to give his minutes to a combination of Carl Landry, Reggie Evans and Jason Thompson. However, Rudy Gay will likely be very busy tonight and Ben McLemore will also try to build off his 16-point game from Wednesday. Gay will also play a lot of PF, so there are more minutes for Omri Casspi.
Feb 27 - 4:15 PM

Kings' head coach George Karl would like DeMarcus Cousins to cut down on the turnovers.

"I talked to [DeMarcus] about his turnovers," Karl said. "He leads the league in turnovers (4.4 per game), and we’d like to challenge him the last 25, 30 games of the season to have much better decision making." Cousins has been careless at times with the ball this season, so it's nice that his coach is challenging him to be better. He’s hitting career-highs in points (23.7), rebounds (12.2), assists (3.3), and blocks (1.7) this season, so a reduction in turnovers could only help his already elite value.
Feb 27 - 9:02 AM

DeMarcus Cousins (left ankle sprain, left hip contusion) is doubtful for Friday's game against the Spurs.

He was unable to practice on Thursday because of these injuries, and we would be shocked if he was able to give it a go on Friday with the Kings going absolutely nowhere in the Western Conference. We will update his status when we know more, but Rudy Gay is going to be a busy man on offense for the Kings if Cousins sits. Jason Thompson, Reggie Evans and Carl Landry will likely all see a bump in minutes on Friday, but none of them are viable options in standard leagues for now.

Kings' head coach George Karl hinted that there may be more playing time for Nik Stauskas now with Darren Collison (hip) likely done for the season.

Stauskas, taken with the No. 8 overall pick of the 2014 draft has struggled to get into the Kings' rotation this season. Through 51 games, Stauskas has put in averages of 3.4 points and not much else on 32.6 percent shooting from the field, leaving a lot to be desired from a fantasy perspective. We'll be watching the Kings' rotations closely over the coming weeks, but for now, Stauskas can remain on the waiver wire in standard leagues.
Feb 26 - 4:44 PM

With news that Darren Collison (hip) is likely to miss the remainder of the 2014-15 season, Kings' head coach George Karl said that he intends to have Ray McCallum and Andre Miller split minutes at the point guard slot.

"I think Ray’s played well," Karl said. "I think right now probably my desire is to split them, probably 24-24 is kind of in mind what it’s going to end up. Probably defensively, Ray would be in the game when it counts and Andre would be in the game probably offensively." As a starter this season, McCallum is averaging 9.3 points, 4.0 assists and 1.3 steals per game, limiting his value to deeper leagues.
Feb 26 - 4:36 PM

DeMarcus Cousins (left ankle) was unable to practice on Thursday, and head coach George Karl said he was unsure if Cousins would be able to go Friday vs. the Spurs.

This is the first we're hearing of an ankle injury for Cousins, and we'll continue to monitor this situation closely. If he's unable to go on Friday, Ryan Hollins or Reggie Evans would have the opportunity to slide into the starting lineup. It's worth noting that Hollins picked up a DNP-CD during the Kings' last game, while Evans logged 27 minutes, so he seems to be ahead of Hollins in the rotation. Evans is capable of hauling in gaudy rebounding totals, and he'll be a name to watch if listed as the starter on Friday.
Feb 26 - 4:02 PM

Darren Collison will reportedly undergo surgery to repair a core muscle injury on Tuesday, and he will likely remain sidelined for the remainder of the 2014-15 season.

Collison will be re-evaluated in 3-6 weeks after undergoing surgery, but with the fantasy playoffs looming and multiple reports stating that his season is likely over, it's probably safe at this point to drop Collison in standard leagues. Ray McCallum and Andre Miller will split minutes at the point guard spot with Collison sidelined, but neither guy makes for a strong add in standard leagues.
Feb 26 - 3:07 PM

DeMarcus Cousins was not untouchable at the trade deadline, according to an unnamed source familiar with Kings head coach George Karl's thinking.

We'll take the unnamed source with a grain of salt, but according to said source, "At the trade deadline, everyone was available. Every single person [on the Kings roster] was available." Karl does not hold a front office title, but the same source said Karl has control of future personnel decisions and would be interested in acquiring Ty Lawson if he becomes available in the offseason. If these reports hold true, we may be in for a very interesting summer in Sacramento.
Feb 26 - 12:26 PM


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