Player News - Kings

Date: Team: Pos:

Tyreke Evans (ankle) will play vs. the Bucks on Wednesday.

Evans went scoreless in 14 minutes his last time out, and even if his ankle has fully recovered he's a dubious fantasy option at this stage of the season.
Mar 22 - 8:13 PM

Malachi Richardson (hamstring) will not play vs. the Bucks on Wednesday.

Richardson is inching closer to a return, according to coach Dave Joerger, but he's not quite ready. The Kings aren't playing for anything at this point, so even when he does return he's unlikely to play more than a handful of minutes initially.
Mar 22 - 7:48 PM

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

It's a home game for the Kings, so they'll give their fans a look at the youth today. Georgios Papagiannis had a productive weekend on the road and should be looking at minutes in the 20s. He's a sneaky guy to use in fantasy, especially with how the Kings are giving him the ball. Koufos is not worth owning in most fantasy leagues anymore.
Mar 22 - 7:46 PM

Ty Lawson and Kosta Koufos will both be rested for Wednesday's game vs. Milwaukee.

Darren Collison and Langston Galloway should pick up extra minutes with Lawson out of the picture, while Koufos' absence opens things up for Georgios Papagiannis, Willie Cauley-Stein and Skal Labissiere.

Coach Dave Joerger said Malachi Richardson (hamstring) is close to returning and may play Wednesday vs. the Bucks.

Richardson has not appeared in a game since partially tearing his right hamstring back on February 15th. "We’ll see if he can go (Wednesday)," Joerger said. "If not, maybe this weekend. But we haven’t really put a time on it. We want him to feel good when he walks away from practice. But it’s been a little bit sore." Richardson is averaging less than 10 minutes per game this season. He should be left on waivers in all leagues.
Mar 22 - 9:38 AM

Ben McLemore (personal) practiced Tuesday and is expected to be available for Wednesday's game vs. the Bucks.

McLemore missed the last two games of the Kings recent road trip due to the birth of his first child. However, the fantasy impact of McLemore's return is minimal, as he had been a DNP-CD in four of the Kings previous seven games, before his excused absence. We don't yet have an update on Tyreke Evans (ankle) and Arron Afflalo (personal). If they remain unavailable on Wednesday, then McLemore will have an opportunity to soak up extra minutes.
Mar 22 - 9:27 AM

Langston Galloway finished with eight points in 23 minutes on Sunday at San Antonio.

Galloway has played 20-plus minutes in each of his past four outings, logging plenty of minutes with Arron Afflalo (personal), Tyreke Evans (ankle) and Ben McLemore (personal) sidelined again. It appears Galloway will continue to see regular minutes off the bench with head coach Dave Joerger also resting his point guards, opening up the logjam in the backcourt.
Mar 19 - 11:02 PM

Skal Labissiere ended up with 14 points and seven rebounds in Sunday's 118-102 loss against the Spurs.

The rookie connected on seven of his nine field goal attempts and is now hitting 63.3 percent from the field (50-of-79) in 10 games in the month of March. Labissiere is logging plenty of time since the trade of fellow Kentucky alum DeMarcus Cousin to New Orleans and it's now his time to shine. He and another Wildcat, Willie Cauley-Stein, are the future in Sacramento in the middle.
Mar 19 - 10:56 PM

Garrett Temple scored 15 points while hitting all three of his attempts from behind the arc in Sunday's 118-102 loss in San Antonio.

Temple matched his best shooting night since returning from a long-term hamstring injury, and this was just the second time he played in a back-to-back situation since coming back March 5. The last time he struggled in both ends of the back-to-back, but he obviously excelled this time around.
Mar 19 - 10:17 PM

Malachi Richardson (hamstring) will miss "another week or two," according to CSN's James Ham.

The Kings' telecast recently speculated that Richardson could return on Wednesday, Mar. 22, but we give far more weight to this report from Ham. Richardson has been progressing, even going through some practices and warmups, but the Kings have no reason to rush him back. He's not worth adding until we've seen him on the court.
Mar 19 - 10:11 PM

Darren Collison misfired on seven of his eight field-goal attempts in Sunday's 118-102 loss against the Spurs, finishing with just two points, four assists and two rebounds in 24 minutes.

Collison has turned in back-to-back disappointing efforts, hitting just five of his 21 field goal attempts. He had the chance to shine and be the focal point of the offense with Arron Afflalo (personal), Tyreke Evans (ankle) and Ben McLemore (rest) sidelined, but his shot was not falling and he struggled mightily against San Antonio's defense. He'll have two full days to rest before the team's next outing against Milwaukee on Wednesday.
Mar 19 - 10:07 PM

Georgios Papagiannis scored six points with 10 rebounds, a steal and a blocked shots in 24 minutes against the Kings on Sunday.

Head coach Dave Joerger has decided the remove the bubble wrap from the rookie and see what the Greek-born 7-footer can do. Papagiannis is averaging 10.0 points and 10.5 rebounds per game over his past two outings. If he continues to see 15-20 minutes per game, which is a good bet down the stretch, Papagiannis could be quite the addition for fantasy owners in deeper leagues in search of an effective big man, especially in rotisserie formats.
Mar 19 - 10:01 PM

Buddy Hield knocked down 8-of-14 shots with a pair of 3-pointers on Sunday, finishing with 18 points, five rebounds, five assists, one steal and zero turnovers in 32 minutes.

This was one of Hield's best performances of the season, with the assists tying his career-high, but it wasn't enough to get a road win vs. the Spurs. He injured his right index finger during the game, ripping half of his nail, but didn't leave after getting it bandaged up. We'll let you know if it's serious enough to jeopardize his status for Tuesday's game. For now we're assuming he's fine and leaving him off the injury report.
Mar 19 - 10:00 PM

Willie Cauley-Stein scored 18 points with four rebounds, five assists and a blocked shot in 32 minutes against Spurs on Sunday.

Cauley-Stein bounced back nicely after an ugly four-point effort in Oklahoma City last night, and he did it against one of the best defensive units in the league. Occasionally there will be growing pains with the rookie, but he is really trending upward since the trade of DeMarcus Cousins to New Orleans and Cauley-Stein hasn't even come close to reaching his fantasy ceiling.
Mar 19 - 9:57 PM

Ben McLemore (personal) is out again for Sunday against the Spurs.

He's not in the rotation anyway and the Kings trading for Buddy Hield doesn't bode well for McLemore this offseason.
Mar 19 - 5:30 PM


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