Player News - Kings

Date: Team: Pos:

Sim Bhullar has signed a deal with Da Cin in Taiwan.

The 7'5" center spent last season in the D-League, averaging 9.6 points and 6.9 rebounds per game. His conditioning is still a major concern and that will make it tough for him to work his way back to the NBA.
Source: Sportando
Aug 26 - 9:38 AM

Coach Dave Joerger said Matt Barnes can be a "terrific" power forward.

This isn't a surprise with how Joerger used Barnes a ton at the four in their Memphis days. On top of the minutes at the four, Barnes should see a good chunk of minutes at the three, especially with the Rudy Gay trade rumors. Barnes has seen some solid fantasy numbers when he's rolling, so he's a sneaky late-round flier in standard leagues.
Aug 25 - 7:23 PM

Coach Dave Joerger said he’s looking for Ben McLemore to step up.

Joerger said he’s "put his arm around" McLemore, and added how the guard had a tough road due to having so many coaches to start his career. The 23-year-old guard was the subject of trade rumors during NBA Draft season, but it would appear Joerger is going to give him a chance to redeem himself. The No. 7 pick of the 2013 draft has a ton of work to do to shake off the rough start to his career.
Aug 25 - 7:18 PM

Coach Dave Joerger said he didn’t want to play Rudy Gay at power forward a lot.

Gay saw a ton of minutes at the four last season with the Kings going small as they led the NBA in pace. There are also a ton of trade rumors surrounding Gay, so that might be the most-likely outcome here. The 30-year-old forward carries a little more risk in fantasy leagues than in previous years.
Aug 25 - 7:16 PM

Coach Dave Joerger said he hasn’t decided on starting Willie Cauley-Stein yet.

While he didn't commit to it, Joerger did sound like he was leaning on starting Cauley-Stein. When it came to roster depth, a big portion of this ESPN podcast was about the depth at power forward, so Cauley-Stein could wind up getting many of his minutes as a backup to DeMarcus Cousins. He's a decent blocks and boards guy to take at the end fantasy drafts, but his overall upside isn't the greatest.
Aug 25 - 7:12 PM

Coach Dave Joerger said he’s looking to get Skal Labissiere in the mix at power forward.

"He’s long and he can shoot it a little bit," Joerger said. The coach also talked about his defense and said he can pass a little, as well. Joerger hinted that he did think the rookie is a bit raw and said he had a tough year in college. There's a logjam at the four, but Labissiere could get in the rotation with a strong camp.
Aug 25 - 7:09 PM

Lamar Patterson is hoping to showcase his playmaking ability with the Kings.

"That’s pretty much been my game," Patterson said. "I’ve always been the biggest player on my team growing up, but the most skilled, so I used to run the point-center position. … It was just natural for me to handle the ball and passing the ball; I pride myself on that." The Kings claimed him off waivers in July, but it's unclear if he will even be in the rotation. His outlook will improve if the Kings move Ben McLemore, but fantasy owners shouldn't worry about him for now. We also learned that Patterson has a pet alligator named Pharoah, so welcome to NBA news in late August.
Aug 22 - 10:29 AM

DeMarcus Cousins pulled down 15 rebounds in just 17 minutes of action during Sunday’s 96-66 win over Serbia, to go with 13 points, two assists and one steal.

The US squad destroyed the Serbian team on the glass, winning that battle 54-33 and that was in no small part to Cousins, who was relentless in attacking the boards every second he was on the court. Klay Thompson also had a nice game, contributing 12 points on 5-of-11 shooting to go with two triples, three boards, one assist and two steals in 22 minutes.
Aug 21 - 4:38 PM

DeMarcus Cousins posted two points and three rebounds before fouling out in 11 minutes vs. Spain on Friday.

Cousins was a spark for the U.S. in the quarterfinals, but he couldn't get going tonight due to the refs quick whistles. With DeAndre Jordan playing well as the team's starting center, there's no reason to think Cousins' role will change in the Olympic finals vs. the winner of the Serbia vs. Australia game.
Aug 19 - 4:32 PM

Darren Collison's court date has been pushed back yet again.

He will now head to court on September 8 as opposed to August 18. Collison is facing two misdemeanor domestic violence charges and the NBA could discipline him as well. For now, Collison is penciled in as the starting PG in Sacramento.
Aug 19 - 10:07 AM

Caron Butler said he'd be interested in suiting up for the Knicks next season.

It's unclear if the interest is mutual, but Butler is well past his days of being a relevant name in fantasy hoops. He is a solid locker room guy, so perhaps Butler can earn a deal for the veteran's minimum, but he won't play meaningful minutes in New York.
Aug 18 - 6:13 PM

Bogdan Bogdanovic fouled out of Wednesday's quarterfinals victory with 18 points on efficient 7-of-11 shooting, three 3-pointers, five assists, three steals and zero turnovers in 26 minutes.

The Serbian team dominated the third quarter, 34-14, but their lead was whittled away in the final frame and it took a few defensive stands and clutch free throws to seal the win. They handed out 22 assists tonight and had four players with double-digit scoring, the type of well-rounded effort they'll need against Australia on Friday.
Aug 17 - 11:30 PM

Serbian swingman Bogdan Bogdanovic finished Sunday's 94-60 win vs. China with a team-high 19 points on 7-of-13 shooting.

The Kings' prospect made five 3-pointers with five rebounds and two assists in just 23 minutes of action. China fell to 0-5 in the Olympics during Group A play, being outscored by an average of 29.6 points per game, and they'll join Venezuela, Brazil and Nigeria as spectators during the elimination rounds.
Aug 15 - 12:00 AM

According to Bobby Marks of The Vertical, the Kings are unlikely to agree to an extension with Ben McLemore.

The deadline is Oct. 31, but it's not a secret that McLemore has been on the trade block for more than the past year. The Kings signed Arron Afflalo to be their starting shooting guard and drafted Malachi Richardson, so a move away from Sacramento would be probably be the best thing for McLemore. If the Kings are able to move him, don't expect them to get much in return.
Aug 14 - 10:48 AM

Omri Casspi is hoping that the Kings make significant progress this season.

"We’re going to have to make some strides. It’s time," Casspi said. "We’ve added some good guys, some good quality players and quality individuals to our locker room, which is important, I think." Casspi has spent the summer working on his ballhandling and shooting, and also wants to improve his free throw shooting after hitting just 64.8 percent from the line last season. Rudy Gay could be on the way out of Sacramento, so that could open up more minutes for Casspi on the wings.
Aug 14 - 10:40 AM


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