Player News - Kings

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According to Ronald Tillery of the Memphis Commercial Appeal, Zach Randolph could be banned from the NBA like former teammate O.J. Mayo if convicted of a felony marijuana charge.

Z-Bo was arrested on Wednesday and charged with "intent to sell" marijuana in California. TMZ reported that Z-Bo was in possession of two pounds of marijuana, but his agent Raymond Brothers called those accusations "false and misleading." This isn't Z-Bo's first run-in with the law, as he had incidents back in 2010 and 2011 -- he wasn't charged for either. According to the league’s collective bargaining agreement, a player can be "dismissed and disqualified from the NBA if he is convicted of, or pleads guilty, no contest or nolo contendere to, a crime involving the felony distribution of marijuana."
Aug 13 - 10:21 AM

Zach Randolph’s agent and attorney Raymond Brothers said that the recent drug charges against Randolph are "false and misleading."

Z-Bo was arrested on Thursday and charged with possession of marijuana with intent to sell. TMZ is reporting that Randolph and his associates had two pounds of marijuana with them at the time of the arrest. Randolph would be facing a lengthy suspension if found guilty, but we'll have to wait until legal matters proceed before attempting to speculate on possible punishment from the NBA or the Kings.
Aug 11 - 9:22 AM

Zach Randolph was arrested on Wednesday for drug possession and intent to sell it according to TMZ.

Z-Bo was one of three people to be arrested and it sparked "a crazy disturbance" that forced the cops to call for backup. He was arrested for possession of marijuana, though the "intent to sell" part was due to the large amount of weed found. The bail for his release was set for $20,000. At the least, a suspension for Z-Bo should be on the horizon, but the Kings and NBA will likely make a statement once more is known.
Source: TMZ Sports
Aug 10 - 9:54 AM

Ty Lawson has reportedly signed a $2.4 million deal with the Shangdon Gold Stars of China.

Lawson had been rumored to be headed to China for the past month now, which makes sense considering every NBA squad at the moment is set at the point guard position. He might be able to latch on with an NBA team once the CBA season concludes, but Lawson's been a non-factor in fantasy hoops for the past two seasons and that trend is unlikely to change.
Aug 8 - 3:55 PM

Kings sign F JaKarr Sampson.

It's a two-way deal for the former 76er and Nugget. Sampson didn't make it to the NBA last season after he started 40 games in the 2015-16 season. He'll add some depth to a very young group of wings in Sacramento.
Jul 29 - 3:18 PM

The Kings have met with former Magic general manager Otis Smith for their vice president of basketball operations job.

The Kings need to find a replacement for Scott Perry, who is now the new GM of the Knicks. Smith has plenty of NBA experience as a player in the late 80s and early 90s, an assistant coach, and as the GM from 2006-2012.
Source: ESPN.com
Jul 26 - 2:43 PM

The Kings reportedly have no interest in trading away De'Aaron Fox in a package that would net them Kyrie Irving.

Fox's name was floated in a recent trade rumor indicating that the Kings were trying to offer a package that would include Fox, Kosta Koufos "and possibly more for Irving," which is laughable, and Kings' Insider James Ham's sources are directly refuting that such a discussion has taken place in Sacramento. Fox will likely begin the year coming off the bench behind George Hill, but his minutes should steadily increase throughout the year.
Jul 23 - 4:36 PM

The Kings will sign Jack Cooley.

Cooley had a really nice run in Las Vegas and even heard some MVP chants. We've seen Cooley have some big summer leagues before and it didn't really translate in the NBA.
Jul 22 - 7:36 PM

The Kings are expected to sign Jack Cooley to a two-way contract.

Cooley played well for the Kings summer league squad earlier this month in Las Vegas. He averaged 9.2 points (on 64.0 percent shooting), 6.6 rebounds and 1.0 steals in 17.8 minutes over five games. He's bounced around overseas the last couple of years. Last season he played for MHP Risen Ludwigsburg in Germany. Cooley can be ignored in fantasy leagues, as he'll likely spend the majority of next season in the G-League.
Jul 22 - 1:18 PM

Updating a previous item, Ty Lawson said he has not signed to play in China.

This is coming straight from Lawson, so sources don't get much more credible than that. Lawson is still a free agent and is coming off a strong year with the Kings as the backup point guard behind Darren Collison. He may eventually wind up in China, but it sounds like it's not a done deal yet.
Jul 18 - 8:29 PM

Ty Lawson has agreed to a deal with the Shanxi Dragons of China.

Lawson had an okay year with the Kings this past season, compiling averages of 9.9 points, 4.8 assists and 1.1 steals per game, but most teams around the league have already filled the point guard position, so the market never really materialized for Lawson. It's not currently clear if his CBA contract will include an NBA-out clause, but he'll definitely be making more money overseas this season than he could in the NBA.
Jul 18 - 7:09 PM

Kings assistant coach Jason March said the team is going to be patient and take their time with Georgios Papagiannis.

Head coach Dave Joerger added that Papagiannis has a "long ways to go," but he was at least encouraged by his progress this offseason. The second-year center averaged just 5.7 points and 7.3 rebounds in six summer league games, so these comments aren't a surprise. With Zach Randolph joining a frontcourt that already includes Willie Cauley-Stein, Kosta Koufos and Skal Labissiere, Papagiannis may not be in the rotation right out of the gate.
Jul 17 - 11:56 AM

An MRI on Georgios Papagiannis revealed a bruise in the gluteus maximus muscle.

That's a butt bruise and he's expected to make a full recovery. Papagiannis used a wheelchair to get around the arena after he needed help off the court from a bad fall. The Kings are done in Las Vegas, so Papagiannis should be good to go before camp. He still has a long way to go and isn't a lock for the rotation with Zach Randolph now in the mix.
Jul 15 - 4:16 PM

Georgios Papagiannis suffered a left hip contusion on Friday.

Good news. Papagiannis is a large human, so any hard fall on his hip should cause some pain. He did need a wheelchair to get around after suffering the injury, but of course wheelchairs don't always mean a guy is out indefinitely. For now, expect Papa G to be day-to-day.
Jul 15 - 12:37 AM

Justin Jackson had another terrific game on Friday, scoring 29 points with four rebounds, three assists, one block and three 3-pointers.

It was one of his better games with his jumper, but Jackson really put it all together in Las Vegas for most of his action during this event. He handled the ball well and his defense was better than most rookie wings. Jackson should have a chance to get in the rotation in his rookie season, but he's still likely going to just be a stash in very deep leagues to kick off the 2017-18 campaign.
Jul 15 - 12:22 AM


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