Player News - Kings

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The Cavs, and a handful of other Eastern Conference teams have reportedly expressed "strong interest" in acquiring Ben McLemore.

The Kings, however, are reportedly uninterested in moving McLemore, although that could change it the right deal comes along. Ben doesn't have much fantasy value at all in Sacramento, and that fact would not change in Cleveland where he'd be competing for minutes with J.R. Smith and Iman Shumpert. There's no reason to stash McLemore with this report.
Feb 11 - 2:17 PM

Rudy Gay's sprained ankle didn't limit him on Wednesday, as he notched 22 points with four rebounds, one assist, one steal and three blocks in a team-high 41 minutes vs. the Sixers.

Gay made 9-of-20 shots including a pair of 3-pointers. He's healthy and locked into a reliable role for the Kings, so his owners can feel comfortable that he'll sustain his value after resting up during the All-Star break.
Feb 10 - 11:51 PM

Darren Collison scored 25 points in 32 minutes off the bench on Wednesday, hitting 9-of-12 field goals and 5-of-6 free throws with two 3-pointers.

He chipped in three rebounds and three assists and helped the Kings erase a double-digit lead in the second half, playing extended minutes alongside Rajon Rondo down the stretch. DC has been on fire from the field lately and is worth grabbing in case he stays hot after the break -- over his past five games he's making 66.0 percent FGs and 92.0 percent FTs, while hitting more than half of his 3-pointers.
Feb 10 - 11:50 PM

Willie Cauley-Stein had just three points, three rebounds and one assist in 17 minutes vs. the 76ers on Wednesday, and he played just two minutes in the second half.

He injured his right shoulder during the first half and used a heat pad while on the bench, but that was reportedly not the cause of his second-half benching in favor of Quincy Acy. George Karl is clutching at straws after narrowly keeping his job this week, but the odds are good that WCS will start when Sacramento returns to action on Feb. 19.
Feb 10 - 11:49 PM

Quincy Acy started the second half of Wednesday's game in place of Willie Cauley-Stein (shoulder), finishing with six points, four boards and a pair of blocks in 15 minutes.

The bruising veteran gave the Kings a nice lift to start the half, and he finished with a +/- rating of +13 in a game the Kings won by just four points. Even if he did unexpectedly ascend to the starting lineup, Acy's style of play doesn't translate to fantasy leagues.
Feb 10 - 11:48 PM

Rajon Rondo posted 14 points and 15 assists vs. the Sixers on Wednesday, adding eight rebounds and three steals with only two turnovers in 36 minutes.

Rondo has been vocal about the Kings' problems, saying that his team has to "stop making excuses," and tonight's comeback victory at least gives them some positivity heading into the All-Star break. Rondo has crushed expectations all season long, returning top-40 value in 9-cat leagues and first-round value in most points formats.
Feb 10 - 11:47 PM

James Anderson started the second half ahead of Marco Belinelli on Wednesday, but he finished scoreless with one rebound and one steal in just five minutes of action.

The veteran didn't play in the first half but George Karl opted for a more defense-oriented lineup, before rolling with Darren Collison at SG down the stretch. Anderson has made less than 1/3 of his field goal attempts this season, while shooting 27.8 percent from downtown, and he's not a fantasy option at any depth.
Feb 10 - 11:47 PM

Marco Belinelli was benched to begin the second half of Wednesday's game, which he finished with six points on 3-of-9 shooting, two rebounds and one assist in 23 minutes.

Ben McLemore (wrist) was out again tonight and George Karl opted to mix things up, starting James Anderson after falling behind by 15 points vs. the lowly 76ers tonight. Karl was already planning to re-evaluate his rotations during the All-Star break, so there are no guarantees that Belinelli will keep his job after the break.
Feb 10 - 11:46 PM

DeMarcus Cousins finished Wednesday's comeback win in Philly with 28 points, 12 boards (four offensive), five assists, two steals and four turnovers in 36 minutes.

Cousins has thrived in this matchup, averaging 30.3 points and 16.0 rebounds in his past four games vs. Philly. The Kings are in disarray as they hover 4.5 games out of playoff contention, but Cousins' owners can rest assured that he'll be a beast as long as he's healthy.
Feb 10 - 11:45 PM

Quincy Acy and James Anderson started the second half for Marco Belinelli and Willie Cauley-Stein.

They allowed 63 points in the first half to the league's worst offense, so there you go. There are no fantasy moves to make here.
Feb 10 - 8:28 PM

Ben McLemore (sprained right wrist) has been ruled out for Wednesday's game vs. the 76ers.

McLemore was never close to playing tonight, and it'll be Marco Belinelli benefitting most in his absence. Ben should be able to get back onto the court after the All-Star break, but he's irrelevant in most leagues.
Feb 10 - 7:02 PM

Kings’ GM Vlade Divac and owner Vivek Ranadive have not seriously considered a DeMarcus Cousins trade, and it would take a mega-deal for that to change.

Despite constant trade rumors, the Kings have been adamant that they have zero interest in trading away their franchise center, so a Cousins deal seems highly unlikely at this point. As for fantasy hoops, DMC is currently putting up second-round value on the year with averages of 26.8 points, 11.0 boards, 3.1 assists, 1.3 steals, 1.3 blocks, 1.2 three-pointers and 3.7 turnovers per game on 44.5 percent shooting from the field and 72.6 percent from the charity stripe.
Feb 10 - 10:50 AM

The Heat have reportedly expressed interest in acquiring Omri Casspi.

The Heat are looking to add a shooter at the deadline, and Casspi (a 42.2 percent shooter from beyond the arc this season) certainly fits the bill. From a fantasy perspective, however, Casspi's value would take a sizable hit in Miami. Tyler Johnson (shoulder) would reportedly be the guy that would come to Sacramento in a potential Casspi deal.
Feb 10 - 9:25 AM

Ben McLemore (wrist) is doubtful for Wednesday's game vs. the 76ers.

To be clear, he isn't going to play with the All-Star break right around the corner. McLemore hasn't played well this season and is not worth owning in most leagues. Marco Belinelli will continue to benefit in his absence.
Feb 10 - 12:38 AM

DeMarcus Cousins (ankle), Rajon Rondo (turf toe) and Rudy Gay (ankle) are all probable for Wednesday's game vs. the 76ers.

The Kings have been listing Cousins and Rondo as probable for a week now, so this report really doesn't mean anything. Expect them to all be out there against Philly in what should be a pivotal game for coach George Karl.
Feb 10 - 12:36 AM


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