Player News - Kings

Date: Team: Pos:

David Stockton scored five points on 2-of-3 shooting with seven assists, two steals and one 3-pointer in 19 minutes.

His contract isn't guaranteed for next season, so Stockton will likely have to impress at summer league if he wants to remain a King. In case it isn't obvious, he isn't on the fantasy radar for next season.
Apr 16 - 1:58 AM

Derrick Williams finished out the season on a high note, scoring 22 points on 9-of-16 shooting with six boards, three assists and two 3-pointers in 34 minutes.

When you lose DeMarcus Cousins, Rudy Gay, Darren Collison and Omri Casspi to injury, someone has to step up in their absence. Williams was phenomenal tonight and head coach George Karl has to be pretty pleased with his play since he compared him to a vending machine. Jason Thompson contributed 12 points with seven rebounds and two assists while Ray McCallum chipped in 19 points, six assists, four boards and three steals.
Apr 16 - 1:40 AM

Nik Stauskas drew the start in place of Omri Casspi (illness) on Wednesday vs. the Lakers, scoring 14 points on 5-of-9 shooting with five boards, five assists, two steals and three 3-pointers in 32 minute.

It was easily the best game of his rookie season, but the fact that he was playing against the Lakers had a lot to do with it. Sauce Castillo will have a lot of work to do in the offseason if he wants to be a regular in the rotation next season, so prospective owners should keep tabs on him during the summer league. As of right now, he won't be on the radar in standard leagues.
Apr 16 - 1:33 AM

Ben McLemore dropped 24 points in an easy win over the Lakers on Wednesday, adding five boards, seven assists, two steals and two 3-pointers in 40 minutes.

The Kings were depleted tonight and McLemore was the primary option on offense. He needs to improve his ball-handling skills this summer as well as his ability to create shots off the dribble, so owners will want to keep a close eye on his progress heading into fantasy drafts next season.
Apr 16 - 1:26 AM

Nik Stauskas (back) will be in the starting lineup vs. the Lakers on Wednesday, replacing Omri Casspi (illness).

The rookie has been very quiet this season, but he couldn't ask for a more favorable matchup tonight. The Kings are desperate for scoring right now and are missing a lot of players, so hopefully Stauskas can end his season on a high note.
Apr 15 - 10:36 PM

Omri Casspi (illness) will not play against the Lakers on Wednesday.

The Kings actually have nothing to play/lose for tonight and are locked in as the No. 6 spot in the lottery. With Casspi out, we'll see more Derrick Williams, Ben McLemore and Sauce Castillo. Williams and B-Mac are worth using in all leagues tonight with both possibly positing big usage rates in lots of minutes.
Apr 15 - 3:25 PM

Reggie Evans (thumb) has been ruled out for Wednesday's game against the Lakers.

Derrick Williams and Jason Thompson should be in line for heavy minutes Wednesday, and they are both worth starting in standard leagues. Carl Landry and Ryan Hollins should also play more, but their value is very limited. If you had Evans on your team, you probably aren't doing so hot.
Apr 15 - 10:39 AM

Nik Stauskas (back) is probable for Wednesday's game vs. the Lakers.

The Kings are dealing with a lot of injuries, so they desperately need Stauskas to play tonight. There could also be more minutes available for him if Omri Casspi (gastroenteritis) sits out, but owners outside of deeper leagues shouldn't pay him much attention.
Apr 15 - 10:33 AM

Omri Casspi is struggling with gastroenteritis, and he is considered questionable to play against the Lakers on Wednesday.

Casspi has been phenomenal recently, so this is obviously a huge blow for the Kings. He is averaging 22.0 points, 6.2 boards, 3.8 assists and 2.4 3-pointers over his last five games, so hopefully he is able to go give it a go. If Casspi is unable to play, Derrick Williams, Ben McLemore and Nik Stauskas will have to step up.
Apr 15 - 10:24 AM

Kings head coach George Karl said DeMarcus Cousins has no holes in his game.

While there have been rumored rifts between Karl and Cousins' camp, the Kings' head coach spoke highly of his superstar in outlined the next steps of their relationship. "I know I respect him a tremendous amount," Karl said. "Just the way any good offensive player can border on being selfish, there’s always going to be a little conflict there. But I think our give-and-take, our communication is almost on a daily basis, and I think that will continue until we can get to a special place together. We have to continue to communicate." Trade rumors are still running rampant in Sacramento, but Cousins is a special player no matter where he plays and will easily be a first-round pick in 2015-16 fantasy drafts.
Apr 14 - 11:27 AM

Omri Casspi said he wants to return to the Sacramento Kings next season.

The 26-year-old will become an unrestricted free agent when the 2014-15 season and sounds ready to come back to Sacramento. "I love it here," Casspi said. "I want to come back. My agent knows that, I know that, I love it here." Casspi has been on fire as of late and is averaging 22.0 points, 6.2 rebounds, 3.8 assists, and 2.4 three-pointers over his last five games, so he's certainly helping his case for a new contract either in Sacramento or elsewhere.
Apr 14 - 9:26 AM

Omri Casspi lit up the Lakers in the Kings' 102-92 win with 26 points, nine rebounds and six assists in 37 minutes.

Casspi hit 7-of-14 shots from the field including 2-of-5 from deep and 10-of-13 from the foul line, which is notable because the charity stripe has been a problem for him lately. There is a big push locally to promote Casspi and he has emerged as their No. 1 guy -- which doesn't seem like it's changing for the finale against the same Lakers squad in L.A. on Wednesday.
Apr 14 - 4:49 AM

Jason Thompson double-doubled with 10 points, 10 rebounds, two assists and three blocks in Monday's win over the Lakers.

Thompson is going to get as much run as he can handle on Wednesday against the Lakers and production in this ballpark is to be expected.
Apr 14 - 4:43 AM

Ben McLemore scored eight points on 2-of-7 shooting (including a three) with five rebounds, two assists and one steal in 31 minutes on Monday against the Lakers.

McLemore was coming off a huge outing of 20 points, seven assists, five boards, four steals and two treys so needless to say this was disappointing. He'll be a boom or bust play on a busy Wednesday night when the Kings and Lakers do it again in L.A.
Apr 14 - 4:41 AM

Derrick Williams scored a season-high 20 points on 6-of-12 shooting with just one rebound to go with two assists and a steal in 29 minutes off the bench on Monday.

Once again Williams got out-rebounded by a Coke machine but he's pretty much the only few able-bodied guys that can play significant minutes in the frontcourt. By now you know what to expect and he's a good bet to put up similar numbers on Wednesday in Los Angeles against the Lakers.
Apr 14 - 4:40 AM


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