Player News - Kings

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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

The Sacramento Kings reportedly have free agent visits planned with Rajon Rondo, Wesley Matthews, and Monta Ellis.

According to Marc Stein of ESPN, the Kings will meet with Wesley Matthews on Thursday, Rajon Rondo on Friday, and Monta Ellis on a to-be-determined date. Stein reports that Matthews' visit doesn't necessarily preclude a future visit from Ellis, but predicting what the Kings will do is akin to fighting windmills so we'll have to loop back on this one once more information is available.
Jul 2 - 12:47 PM

The Kings will receive Arturas Gudaitis and Nikola Mitrovic in the Nik Stauskas trade.

And you thought Vlade Divac was done flopping when he retired from playing. These two guys were picked 47th and 60th in the draft for a guy who went eighth in the draft just last year. Sam Hinkie took Vlade to the cleaners on this one.
Jul 2 - 12:52 AM

The Kings reportedly made their trade of Carl Landry, Nik Stauskas and Jason Thompson to pursue Rajon Rondo along with either Wesley Matthews or Monta Ellis.

It's going to be very interesting to see how much money Rondo gets because no other team has been linked to him. This would also make for some outstanding reality TV, but we digress. Expect the Rondo deal to get done somewhat soon.
Jul 1 - 11:21 PM

The Kings are reportedly "intent" on re-signing free agent Omri Casspi, who is eager to play for coach George Karl.

Casspi was effusive in his praise for Sacramento back in March, saying, "[Sacramento] embraced me as a young 21-year-old ... It feels like home to me." He's a nice fit in Karl's up-tempo system, though recent developments in California's capital have made it an open question whether Karl will indeed be calling the shots next season.
Jul 1 - 2:18 AM


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