Player News - Kings

Date: Team: Pos:

De'Aaron Fox (conjunctivitis) is questionable for Thursday's game vs. the Thunder.

Fox suffered a cut above his right eye during the Kings' final game before the All-Star break, but he logged 16 minutes during the Rising Stars game and this case of pink eye appears to be totally unrelated. Frank Mason (foot) is iffy to play, so if Fox can't suit up the Kings will likely turn to Garrett Temple for the bulk of the PG minutes.

Iman Shumpert's left foot plantar fasciitis flared up Wednesday after some on-court work on Tuesday.

Shumpert doesn't have a clear return date, and the Kings have no obvious incentive to play the veteran swingman -- with an 18-39 record, they're among the teams expected to tank for draft-lottery position. Shumpert wasn't a fantasy asset with the Cavaliers this season and he's nowhere near standard-league value.
Feb 21 - 10:07 PM

Frank Mason (plantar fascia) is listed as probable for Thursday's game vs. the Thunder.

The Kings' rookie guard had some nice stretches prior to his injury, and he faces less competition for minutes with George Hill gone and the Kings emphasizing young players. Most fantasy owners can just keep an eye on him over the next few weeks.
Feb 21 - 9:33 PM

Skal Labissiere (shoulder) is probable for Thursday's game vs. the Thunder.

Labissiere was ruled out 2-3 weeks as of Feb. 1, and it sounds like his shoulder responded well to extended rest during the All-Star break. The 21-year-old has enough rest-of-season upside to be worth a look if you need a big man in competitive leagues.
Feb 21 - 9:31 PM

Vince Carter is expected to spend the rest of the season in Sacramento, as the Kings reportedly prefer not to buy him out.

There were rumors in Toronto that Carter and the Raptors might reunite if VC was bought out and became a free agent this month. However, it appears the Kings want to hold onto their vet. Yet, it sounds like there is an outside chance that the 41-year old Carter finishes his career where it began by signing a one year deal with the Raps over the summer.
Feb 17 - 1:04 PM

Bogdan Bogdanovic led Team World to a 155-124 win over Team USA in the Rising Stars Game, scoring 26 points with six assists, four rebounds, two steals and seven 3-pointers.

He was lights out from deep and some of them were from way downtown. Looking ahead, the Kings don't have much to play for except lottery balls, but Bogdanovic gives them a reason to be hopeful for the future and we're going to see him run a lot of offense alongside De'Aaron Fox after the break. "I trust him with the ball," Kings head coach Dave Joerger said. "I don’t think he’s a shooter, I think he’s a playmaker who can shoot." His teammate Buddy Hield added 29 points, Ben Simmons racked up 11 points, 13 assists, six rebounds and four steals, while Jaylen Brown led Team USA with 35 points.
Feb 16 - 10:44 PM

Zach Randolph said he has been benefitting from consistent minutes in Sacramento.

Randolph was rested sporadically in January, as the Kings decided to give more playing time to their youngsters. However, due to injuries, Z-Bo has been back in the lineup nearly every night. Prior to the final game before the All-Star break, Randolph had started nine straight games and was averaging 15.4 point and 8.0 rebounds in 27.9 minutes over that stretch. "You get a good rhythm," Randolph said. "Especially something that I’m not used to, the team developing our young players. So you get into a good rhythm, it’s important, playing and getting that feel."
Feb 16 - 12:52 PM

De’Aaron Fox is expected to be available for the Rising Stars game.

He had a cut above his right eye and under his shin on Wednesday, but it sounds like he dodged a concussion. Fox is going to see more minutes after the break with George Hill gone, but he may not benefit as much as guys Bogdan Bogdanovic is stepping up.
Feb 15 - 3:04 PM

Bogdan Bogdanovic scored 20 points with four rebounds, five assists, two steals and four 3-pointers in 30 minutes against the Rockets during a 100-91 loss on Wednesday.

He's running the offense more and he's arguably been the biggest winner from the George Hill trade. Since that deal, Bogdanovic averaged 17.3 points, 4.0 boards, 5.7 assists, 1.0 steals and 3.0 treys in those three games. He's making a clear case that he's worth owning in standard leagues.
Feb 14 - 10:57 PM

Zach Randolph was a DNP-CD on Wednesday against the Rockets.

It's the first DNP he's picked up since Jan. 23, so Z-Bo played in each of the last eight games. Some of that is about George Hill being traded, but a bigger part is that Skal Labissiere hasn't been healthy. If Skal comes back OK, Randolph likely has more DNPs coming.
Feb 14 - 10:52 PM

JaKarr Sampson scored seven points in a start for Zach Randolph with seven boards, two assists, one steal and one block in 24 minutes against the Rockets on Wednesday.

He'll likely be moving out of the rotation after the break, especially if Skal Labissiere (shoulder) can play. Sampson can stay on the wire in most leagues.
Feb 14 - 10:47 PM

De'Aaron Fox went to the locker room with under a minute left in the fourth on Wednesday to get stitches under his chin and above his right eye.

He was running in transition and got tripped up to cause his head to hit the floor. Fox looked to be bleeding above his right eye and he will almost certainly be getting checked for a concussion. He was a little dazed as he headed back to the locker room, so hopefully everything is OK. He finished with nine points, two rebounds, three assists, one steal and one 3-pointer in 26 minutes.
Feb 14 - 10:07 PM

JaKarr Sampson will start vs. the Rockets on Wednesday.

Zach Randolph is likely headed for a DNP-CD tonight. Skal Labissiere (shoulder) is also out and Sampson could be looking at solid minutes in an up-tempo matchup. This is just a one-off situation, though, so leave him on the waiver wire.
Feb 14 - 8:03 PM

JaKarr Sampson is starting over Zach Randolph against the Rockets on Wednesday.

Chances are that Randolph is getting the night off on a back-to-back set after the Kings earned a win. It's been a while since he's been rested and he played in every game since the George Hill deal. Expect more rest days going forward.
Feb 14 - 8:02 PM

Buddy Hield played just 17 minutes vs. Dallas on Tuesday, scoring eight points with one assist, one rebound, one steal and one triple.

He was 3-of-8 from the field and hit his only free throw with zero turnovers. The Kings have stopped resting their veterans recently, so Hield has played 22 or less minutes in eight straight. We'd expect that to change at some point after the All-Star break, but for now Hield is just a stash.
Feb 13 - 11:37 PM


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