Player News - Kings

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DeMarcus Cousins stated during a recent interview that he is fully recovered from the minor knee injury that caused him to miss Team USA's exhibition game vs. Brazil.

The injury was never considered to be serious, and this report should remove any doubt about the big man’s health. Cousins also said that he is honored to be representing his country, and making the US squad was a goal he had for this summer. Klay Thompson summed up what DeMarcus does for the US Team best, saying that: "DeMarcus does what he does best, and that’s crashing the glass, taking up so much space in the paint and just wearing [opposing] bigs out." DMC had a fantastic season last year, and he'll be a safe late-first round option heading into this year's drafts.
Aug 25 - 6:27 PM

Jason Terry posted a picture of himself working out at the Kings' facilities, adding that he felt "right at home."

The Kings are reportedly hoping to trade Terry, who would prefer to be playing for a championship contender, but they're not interested in buying out his $5.4 million contract. If he stays with Sacramento, he'll serve a veteran-mentor role for young guards Darren Collison, Ray McCallum, Nik Stauskas and Ben McLemore.
Aug 20 - 1:58 PM

DeMarcus Cousins (knee) practiced fully on Tuesday, but he said he's "50-50" to play vs. the Dominican Republic on Wednesday.

Cousins' knee is structurally healthy but Wednesday's game is a friendly exhibition, so caution may keep him on the sidelines. If he does sit out, Team USA will have lean even more on big men Anthony Davis, Andre Drummond, Mason Plumlee and Kenneth Faried.
Aug 19 - 2:42 PM

Rudy Gay realizes that his roster spot on the US Team is not guaranteed, but he's embracing the competition.

"I told coach not to assure me anything," Gay said of his chances of making the final roster. "I want to go out there and earn it." Gay feels he could help the team most in a leadership role, citing that he knows what it takes to win gold as he was with the 2010 gold medal team. "[I'm] someone who’s been there and knows what it takes to get back there. There are a lot of young guys on this team... with not that much experience FIBA wise. That’s something I can help them with."
Aug 18 - 5:27 PM

DeMarcus Cousins (knee) is expected to play during Wednesday's friendly vs. the Dominican Republic in New York.

Cousins is still fighting for a roster spot on the US squad, and with the plethora of scorers on the US roster, he'll need to showcase his passing abilities to separate himself from the pack. Cousins has made it clear that he wants to be part of Team USA, and with the overall lack of size on the roster, it's a bit shocking he still needs to prove himself to Coach K.
Aug 17 - 9:49 AM

DeMarcus Cousins (knee) was spotted getting up jumpers during Friday's Team USA practice, but he will not play in Saturday's exhibition game vs. Brazil.

Cousins was still limping around the court, but the injury is not expected to be serious. However, with Cousins not a lock to make the US Team, the time spent on the sidelines could hurt his cause. Cousins figures to be a late-first round selection come draft day.
Aug 15 - 4:19 PM

Rudy Gay was in the starting lineup for a portion of Thursday's practice for Team USA, according to Bob Holtzman of ESPN's SportsCenter.

Yahoo! had reported the rest of the starting five on Thursday: Derrick Rose, Stephen Curry, James Harden and Anthony Davis. If DeMarcus Cousins can't play through his bruised knee, Team USA will have to use a very small roster in the FIBA World Cup later this month.
Aug 15 - 1:15 PM

Kings sign C Sim Bhullar.

You might have seen the photo of him standing next to DeMarcus Cousins (knee), but it's just a training camp deal for the massive 7'5" center. Bhullar will work on his mechanics with the Reno Big Horns this upcoming season and is unlikely to make the Kings.
Aug 15 - 9:51 AM

An MRI on Thursday revealed no structural damage to DeMarcus Cousins' right knee.

Exhale, everyone. Cousins limped off the court at practice today and he looks to be fine. He is just listed as day-to-day for now and it doesn't sound like he's in jeopardy to miss the FIBA World Cup later this month. Although, the injury may have alarmed him enough to skip the event. He's shaping up to be a pick in the late-first round for fantasy drafts.
Aug 14 - 7:10 PM

DeMarcus Cousins (knee) took to twitter to put concerns over his injury scare to rest.

"Thanks for all the concern, I'm fine," tweeted Cousins following an MRI on his right knee. He and teammate Anthony Davis were both going for a loose ball on the floor when Davis fell on Cousins' knee. He lay on the ground in pain and eventually walked off the court on his own power. Although he says he's fine, Director of Team USA basketball Jerry Colangelo has said Cousins will not play in the team's exhibition game against Brazil this weekend.
Aug 14 - 4:39 PM

Director of team USA basketball Jerry Colangelo said Rudy Gay has a "legitimate" chance to make the team's final roster.

Gay was added to the team USA roster after the Paul George injury and Kevin Durant's withdrawal. He was apart of the 2010 FIBA World Cup gold medal team, and now it appears he is close to earning another shot at a medal this summer.
Aug 14 - 2:50 PM

DeMarcus Cousins (knee) will have an MRI on his right knee after crashing to the floor during team USA practice on Thursday.

Director of team USA basketball Jerry Colangelo called the MRI "precautionary" and Cousins is unlikely to play for the rest of the week, including the team's exhibition game against Brazil. He was already on the roster bubble with team USA, and missing practice time may further hurt his chances of making the team. More importantly, if this injury proves to be more serious than initially thought, the Sacramento Kings and other teams around the league will continue to voice their displeasure with star players risking injury for international competitions.
Aug 14 - 2:44 PM

DeMarcus Cousins limped off the USA practice court with a knee injury following a collision with Kenneth Faried on Thursday.

Cousins walked of the court under his own power and the injury is not feared to be serious. In the wake of Paul George's devastating leg injury, there is more attention being paid to the risk team USA players are taking by participating in international events. An updated diagnosis on Boogie's injury should be coming shortly.
Aug 14 - 2:11 PM

The Kings have agreed to sign undrafted PG Deonte Burton.

Burton played four years with Nevada, culimating in last season's averages of 20.1 points on 47.1 percent shooting, 4.3 rebounds, 4.4 assists and 1.5 steals per game. He doesn't have great 3-point range but he's strong, athletic and capable in pick-and-rolls, which gives him a chance to make the roster as a backup PG behind Darren Collison and Ray McCallum.
Aug 12 - 5:33 PM

Orlando Johnson is finalizing a deal with Enel Brindisi in Italy.

He recently spent some time with the Kings on two 10-day deals and was with the Warriors at summer league, but apparently no NBA teams were willing to offer him a guaranteed contract. Johnson probably won't be getting a long-term deal with the NBA for a while.
Source: Sportando
Aug 9 - 10:20 AM

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