Player News - Kings

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The Kings are hiring Scott Perry to a high-ranking front office job, according to Adrian Wojnarowski of The Vertical.

He will be an executive VP and work closely with general manager Vlade Divac. Perry was an assistant GM with the Magic and it sounds like he'll do most of the leg work on the GM duties, but Divac will have the final say. It would appear the Kings aren't going after Sam Hinkie after all.
Apr 21 - 3:11 PM

Kings GM Vlade Divac said he would like to have Rudy Gay back with the Kings next season.

"[Gay's] personality, when we talk about who’s going to fit on this team, he’s exactly what we’re looking for," Divac said. Gay, who ruptured his Achilles’ tendon on Jan. 18, has a $14.3 million player option for the 2017-18 season. Although it's a devastating injury, Wesley Matthews was able to secure a four-year, $70 million contract from the Mavs coming off a similar injury in 2015 and plenty of teams will have cap space this summer. Thus, Gay will have an interesting decision to make this offseason.
Apr 14 - 11:09 AM

Coach Dave Joerger said he "absolutely" wants Ben McLemore on the Kings next season.

What the Kings say and what they do are two different things, but McLemore did improve later in the season. After the break, McLemore averaged 11.5 points per game on a 56.7 true shooting percentage and he was able to get fairly consistent minutes. The Kings probably won't be drafting a shooting guard for the umpteenth time, but Buddy Hield is obviously ahead of B-Mac for now.
Apr 13 - 6:29 PM

Willie Cauley-Stein scored 19 points with 14 rebounds, six assists, one block and two turnovers against the Clippers on Wednesday.

That's a strong finish for Trill, averaging 14.8 points, 10.2 boards, 1.8 assists, 1.0 blocks, 1.0 steals and 0.8 turnovers in his final five games. Cauley-Stein should be viewed as the main man up front for now and the Kings will likely be drafting a point guard.
Apr 13 - 1:03 AM

Arron Afflalo scored 18 points with two rebounds, six assists and no turnovers in 34 minutes against the Clippers on Wednesday.

With his contract not guaranteed for next year, the Kings may not be bringing Afflalo back. He's still just 31 years old and showed he can still play, despite how his mid-range style isn't exactly en vogue these days.
Apr 13 - 1:03 AM

Langston Galloway is starting against the Clippers on Wednesday.

Thankfully, this will be the last time we have to wait until tip for a Kings lineup.
Apr 12 - 10:47 PM

Tyreke Evans (toe) will not play on Wednesday against the Clippers.

He wasn't on the injury report earlier, but this is probably the least surprising news of the day. Expect Arron Afflalo to back up Langston Galloway against Chris Paul. That seems like a fair fight, right?
Apr 12 - 9:09 PM

Tyreke Evans is not on the injury report for Wednesday against the Clippers.

The Kings are razor thin, but who knows what they're going to do with Evans? If he does suit up, he has a high floor with Langston Galloway as the only other ball handler out there -- Arron Afflalo has played some point, as well.
Apr 12 - 5:31 PM

Arron Afflalo is not on the injury report for Wednesday against the Clippers.

Who even knows what the Kings are doing anymore? Afflalo should be getting minutes, but it's very tough to trust him in fantasy with the late start tonight.
Apr 12 - 5:31 PM

Kosta Koufos (rest) will not play Wednesday against the Clippers.

The Kings should've probably ruled him out for the season as Koufos won't be playing in the final eight games of the year. Coach Dave Joerger talked up Georgios Papagiannis after Tuesday's game, so maybe he gets turned loose a bit tonight.

RotoGrinders.com Daily Slant: The Kings are going to have eight healthy bodies on Wednesday, and five of them are guards, so the front-court players in the rotation should see huge minutes as a result. Willie Cauley-Stein, Skal Labissiere and Georgios Papagiannis are the only active big men, and it would stand to reason that both Cauley-Stein and Labissiere should see at least 30 minutes of court time, with Papagiannis likely to at least approach that total.
Apr 12 - 5:31 PM

Ty Lawson (rest) is out for Wednesday night against the Clippers.

His season will end on a high note with a triple-double consisting of 22 points, 12 assists and 11 rebounds. Lawson was not even a lock to make the roster back in October, but he finished the year with 17.3 points per game on an incredible 68.1 percent from the field in his final six games. Despite a rocky couple of years, Lawson is back on track. For tonight, expect Langston Galloway to get heavy run with Tyreke Evans getting spot PG minutes.
Apr 12 - 5:31 PM

Darren Collison (migraine) will not play against the Clippers on Wednesday.

He will not play in the final three games to close his season. Collison was somewhat effective when he wasn't getting rest after the break, averaging 12.1 points, 2.6 boards, 5.6 assists, 0.8 steals and 0.6 treys in his final 19 games. With him and Ty Lawson out, it should be Langston Galloway and Tyreke Evans playing some point guard.
Apr 12 - 5:31 PM

Garrett Temple (rest) will not play against the Clippers on Wednesday.

The Kings will roll with a guard rotation of Langston Galloway, Tyreke Evans, Buddy Hield, Arron Afflalo and Ben McLemore -- they could rule out more players, as well. Temple played 27 minutes on Tuesday, so there's a decent chance those minutes just go to Afflalo after not playing yesterday.
Apr 12 - 5:30 PM

Anthony Tolliver (rest) will not play Wednesday against the Clippers.

He played 22 minutes on Tuesday, so that opens up more run for Georgios Papagiannis and Skal Labissiere. Tolliver's contract for next season is not guaranteed.
Apr 12 - 4:58 PM

Rudy Gay (Achilles) said he has not yet decided if he will opt out of his contract this offseason.

The 30-year-old is currently rehabbing from a reputed left Achilles, and there's really no way he would be able to command a $14-million-plus salary on the open market, so it would be shocking to see him opt out this summer. While we have recently seen guys like Kobe Bryant, Brandon Jennings and Wesley Matthews return from Achilles tears, those guys really weren't the same players when they got back, so Gay will make for a risky pick in next year's drafts.
Apr 12 - 10:36 AM


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