Player News - Kings

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The Kings are high on the defensive ability of Eric Moreland, but don't want to put too much pressure on him to make an immediate impact.

He earned his contract due to his stellar play at summer league, averaging 2.7 blocks, 3.5 points, 8.8 boards and 0.5 steals in 19.2 minutes per game. Moreland is probably going to be held out of the rotation, but the uncertainty at power forward could give him a chance to make an impact down the line. Just keep an eye on him for now.
Oct 1 - 2:07 PM

Kings coach Mike Malone said that Reggie Evans and Jason Thompson have been the "MVPs" of training camp.

"I think it’s important for everybody to know Jason and Reggie have been unbelievable to this point and my hope his they continue to do so," Malone said. Both guys are in the mix to start at PF this season, though Evans' total lack of offense makes him an unlikely candidate. In fantasy leauges he remains what he's always been, a pure rebound specialist.
Oct 1 - 1:57 PM

Kings coach Mike Malone said that Jason Thompson has "added a three-point shot to his game," and that his conditioning has noticeably improved.

"I’m trying to get the longevity so I’m eating healthier, putting better things in my body," Thompson said. "Taking care of my body better so I can not put as much pressure on my knees." Offseason reports about big men shooting 3-pointers are almost always meaningless, but Thompson is clearly driven to earn another solid contract once his current deal expires in 2016 or 2017. Given the Kings' glut of PFs, however, he's best left undrafted in standard leagues.

Carl Landry (knee) did not practice on Tuesday.

He had knee surgery in March and coach Mike Malone just gave him the day off after five consecutive practices. Landry has a chance to start at power forward and he'll look to bounce back from an injury-plaged 2013-14. He's still not a great option in fantasy leagues.
Sep 30 - 8:20 PM

DeMarcus Cousins' goal this season is to have no more than five technical fouls, according to a picture posted by teammate Reggie Evans.

DMC tied for the league lead with 16 techs last season, and during the 2013-14 season he had a league-high 17 technicals, four ejections and three flagrant fouls. He was focused and effective with Team USA this summer and may finally be turning the corner, maturity-wise, which makes him an even more appealing fantasy option in the latter half of the first round.
Sep 30 - 5:50 PM
Alonzo Gee - G/F - Kings

The Denver Nuggets have reached a deal with G/F Alonzo Gee, according to RealGM.com

Gee reportedly decided to sign with the Nuggets on Monday and will report to Denver training camp on Tuesday. The 27-year-old averaged 4.0 points, 2.3 rebounds, and 0.7 steals in 65 games with the Cavaliers last season, so his fantasy value is virtually non-existent even if he makes the Nuggets' final roster.
Source: RealGM.com
Sep 30 - 9:09 AM

Contract talks have stalled between Rudy Gay and the Kings.

They engaged in talks earlier in the summer, but they have since been put on hold. And with a deadline of June 30 to get something done, it sounds like talks may not pick back up until after the season. If a deal isn't reached, Gay will become an unrestricted free agent next summer.
Sep 29 - 10:10 PM

Kings beat writer Jason Jones expects PF/C Ryan Hollins to play a bigger role than he did in L.A. last season, where he averaged 7.9 minutes per game.

"The Kings want to see how Hollins plays with DeMarcus Cousins, a move that would allow Cousins to play power forward," writes Jones. Cousins is the only sure thing in Sacramento's frontcourt, as Hollins' arrival further confuses a rotation that could include Jason Thompson, Carl Landry, Reggie Evans, Derrick Williams and rookie Eric Moreland.
Sep 28 - 10:28 PM

Derrick Williams has reportedly put up over 1,000 shots a day with assistant coach Ryan Bowen.

This is welcome news for D-Will, who has been labeled a bust for his lackluster performances so far in his young career. According to Jonathan Santiago, Williams wants to become more of an outside shooting threat this season after only shooting 26.5% from deep on 98 attempts last season. As nice as this sounds, we wouldn't recommend drafting him unless he carves out a much larger role during training camp.
Sep 28 - 4:01 PM
Alonzo Gee - G/F - Kings

The Nuggets are "actively pursuing" free agent Alonzo Gee, according to Shams Charania of RealGM.com.

Gee's $3 million contract was waived by the Kings on Thursday, but he's in shape and has enough talent to at least earn a training-camp invite. Denver only has 13 guaranteed contracts on the books, moreover, so Gee would have a good chance to make the roster ahead of guys like Quincy Miller, Erick Green and Joe Alexander.
Source: Real GM
Sep 27 - 10:39 PM

Kings SG Nik Stauskas is confident that he'll earn a substantial role as a rookie if he can consistently make 3-pointers and move the ball.

"Those are two things [the Kings] struggled at last year, three-point shooting and assists," Stauskas said. "I know I’m going to get minutes on this team. Whether that’s as a starter or coming off the bench, I’m OK with it ... If I do those two things, eventually things will work out in my favor." Stauskas is battling second-year SG Ben McLemore for the starting job, and it's a position battle we'll monitor closely throughout the preseason.
Source: NBA.com
Sep 27 - 10:12 PM

Kings coach Mike Malone said that Ben McLemore needs to work on his "jump shot, his ball-handling, his passing decisions and becoming a better defender this year."

"He has all the physical tools to be a good defender in the NBA," Malone said, "but from a mental standpoint now he has to lock in every night and know who he’s guarding so he can shut those guys down." That laundry list of weaknesses helps to explain why Sacramento drafted SG Nik Stauskas with the No. 8 pick this summer, and why fantasy owners should shy away from McLemore on draft day.
Source: NBA.com
Sep 27 - 10:09 PM

Carl Landry practiced fully on Saturday for the first time since tearing his right meniscus in February.

"I think in the back of his mind he wasn’t sure – ‘Can I get through a whole practice?’," said coach Mike Malone. "I’m not ready to say he’s 100 percent, but he’s getting really close." Landry admitted in mid-September that wasn't fully recovered, but it's a great sign that the seven-year veteran made it through an entire full-contact practice without any breaks. He's fighting for minutes in a crowded frontcourt rotation, so regardless of his health he should go undrafted in all fantasy formats.
Source: NBA.com
Sep 27 - 10:06 PM

Nik Stauskas said on Saturday that he loves playing next to DeMarcus Cousins.

If the feeling is mutual for Cousins, Stauskas could find himself in the starting lineup. Coach Mike Malone said he's unsure of who his starting shooting guard will be and it's likely going to come down to Stauskas or Ben McLemore, but he has praised the rookie since he was drafted. As it stands right now, Stauskas makes a better case for a late-round pick in deeper leagues until proven otherwise.
Sep 27 - 5:32 PM

Omri Casspi added upper body muscle to his frame and dropped his body fat percentage to six percent this summer.

He changed his diet and is eating more vegetables while going gluten-free. Casspi is back with the Kings after three-season hiatus. He'll likely come off the bench and hasn't really been much of a fantasy asset in his five-year career, so he's off the fantasy radar right now.
Sep 27 - 4:50 PM


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