Player News - Kings

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Coach Mike Malone said rookie Nik Stauskas has been picking things up quickly.

"He’s a very smart kid," Malone said. "He’s a very confident young man and he’s a hard, hard worker." The Kings gave the Michigan product plenty of responsibilities on top of scoring the ball, and they may have him help facilitate the offense in the regular season. He's a good bet to unseat Ben McLemore as the starter.
Jul 26 - 2:51 PM

Omri Casspi is finalizing a one-year contract with the Kings after clearing waivers on Friday.

The move will reportedly allow the Kings to keep Quincy Acy and that was previously in doubt. Casspi isn't going to move the needle in fantasy or reality, but he will add to the glut of forwards the Kings are swimming in.
Jul 25 - 8:17 PM

Omri Casspi reportedly cleared waivers on Friday, and he is now a free agent.

Casspi is now free to sign with a team of his choosing, but with career averages of 7.7 points, 3.8 rebounds, and 0.9 three-pointers a game, it won't matter where he lands from a fantasy perceptive.
Jul 25 - 5:14 PM

The Pelicans waived G/F Omri Casspi.

The writing has been on the wall for a while here with his contract becoming guaranteed on Aug. 1. Casspi had a solid preseason in Houston last season, but couldn't get his 2013-14 regular season off the ground. He'll get a camp invite somewhere.
Jul 23 - 5:14 PM

Omri Casspi expects the Pelicans to waive him prior to August 1, when his $1.1 million deal would become guaranteed.

Casspi is a career 35.2 percent 3-point shooter and his minimum contract is reasonable, but apparently New Orleans doesn't feel that he'd add much to their roster. "My agent is talking with a number of teams and the Kings are one of them," Casspi said. "Couldn’t they use a stretch forward who can hit a three and loves to run? ... I would love to come back [to Sacramento] and fulfill my path. But now I have to concentrate on the [Israeli] national team."
Jul 23 - 10:13 AM

The Kings have until Saturday to decide whether or not they will bring Quincy Acy back.

Acy has a team option for approximately $915,000 and the Kings are considering bringing back the 23-year-old forward to fill a bench role. Acy averaged 11.3 points and 6.7 rebounds in seven Summer League games, but his 2014-15 fantasy value would be limited if the Kings pick up his option as he'll be hard-pressed to find more playing than the 13.4 minutes that he averaged in 2013-14.
Jul 22 - 10:05 AM

Coach Mike Malone said he thinks Eric Moreland earned a contract with the Kings.

Moreland has been terrific around the basket as a rim protector, blocking 2.6 shots per game to go with 4.2 points and 8.6 boards in Vegas. He will likely be headed to the D-League, but it's nice to see an undrafted guy step up in summer league.
Jul 21 - 12:23 PM

The Kings are still committed to 2013 draft pick Ben McLemore.

"I told him," coach Michael Malone said of McLemore, " ‘Listen, we drafted Nik Stauskas. That’s not any slight on you. We still believe in you. You’re still our guy and we still expect great things from you from Year 1 to Year 2.’" McLemore has really struggled on both ends of the floor. At times, he was replaced defensively by Marcus Thornton, which is saying something. On offense, he really hasn't been able to separate. There's little reason to draft him in any fantasy league.
Source: NBA.com
Jul 21 - 10:03 AM

Mike Malone would like his team to run a more team-oriented offense like the Spurs.

"The reality is we cannot come back and play the same way we played last year," Malone said. "Changes have to be made. And the fact that all three of those guys [Ray McCallum, Ben McLemore, and Nik Stauskas] who are going to play on our perimeter played unselfishly [during Summer League]... they’re moving, they’re attacking, they’re playing with pace. Those guys can help set the tone when our veterans come back in September." Malone has made it a point to emphasize ball-movement, and defense as the Kings try to improve on last year's record of 28-54.
Jul 20 - 1:55 PM

Ben McLemore scored 22 points on 7-of-11 shooting to go with six boards, four assists, one steal and one block.

This was McLemore's best game of Summer League thus far as he shot with confidence and did not looked overwhelmed on the defensive end. He vastly outplayed his teammate Nik Stauskas (four points, 1-of-3 shooting) in the win on Thursday as the two continue to battle for the starting shooting guard spot for the Kings.
Jul 17 - 6:56 PM

Jason Terry said on a Dallas radio station that he "won’t rule out returning back to Dallas."

"It’s my home and my heart," Terry said. "I bleed blue. I’m a Maverick." Terry is still under contract with the Kings, but he clearly wants out of Sacramento. "I wouldn’t say it’s rebuilding, but a building process... They’re in transition right now. For me, at this point in my career, I want championships." Terry spent most of his 15-year career as the sixth-man for Dallas and was a key contributor on the Mavericks 2011 championship team. He should not be on fantasy radars, but seeing the Jet return to Dallas would be a great ending to his NBA career.
Source: sacbee.com
Jul 16 - 11:54 AM

Jason Terry (knee) said that he's healthy and "ready to fly around on the runway for the Sacramento Kings."

Terry is under contract for $5.8 million this season but it wouldn't be surprising if he negotiates a buyout to join an elite team competing for a championship -- he said he "bleeds blue" and wouldn't rule out a return with the Mavericks.
Jul 15 - 3:43 PM

Nik Stauskas shot 6-of-8 from the field for 15 points with three rebounds, two assists and three 3-pointers in 26 minutes on Monday.

In his post-game interview, he talked mostly about spreading the ball and his defense. Stauskas has definitely kept his ear to the ground and is playing with a chip on his shoulder. We'll see how he fares the rest of the week.
Jul 14 - 7:57 PM

Ben McLemore scored 18 points on 7-of-10 shooting on Monday to go with six boards, five turnovers and one 3-pointer.

His regular season ended on a high note with a 31-point outing vs. the Suns on Apr. 16, but he hasn't done much else since. McLemore was overdue for a good game and he's lost a lot of ground on Nik Stauskas.
Jul 14 - 7:53 PM

Alex Oriakhi has officially been added to the Kings' Summer League roster, and he will be available to play Monday.

Oriakhi will look to showcase himself to the Kings coaching staff during Summer League, but he's not expected to be a rotation player next season.
Jul 14 - 2:01 PM


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