Player News - Kings

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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

DeMarcus Cousins has been named to the initial 19-man Men's National Team training camp roster.

Cousins will battle Andre Drummond for the center spot on the Team USA roster. While Drummond is a superior rebounder, Cousins trumps Drummond on the offensive end. It'll be interesting to see which big man wins out the final spot on the 12-man roster. It's also possible that neither player makes the roster as other big men Kevin Love, and Anthony Davis could hold down the center position as well.
Source: usab.com
Jul 14 - 11:59 AM

Rudy Gay is open to the idea of signing an extension with the Kings, but he wants to see the direction the organization is headed in before making a long-term commitment.

"I’m open to doing [an extension] as soon as the season starts," Gay said. "I’m open to doing it whenever, but right now, I just really want to focus on getting better as a player and seeing the vision of the team going forward." Gay was impressive upon his arrival to Sacramento, averaging 20.1 points, 5.5 rebounds, 3.1 assists, and 1.2 steals on 48.2 percent shooting from the floor. Gay will be a primary figure in the Kings offense next season, and coach Mike Malone said that he will be looking to use Gay at the shooting guard, small forward, and power forward positions next season.
Jul 14 - 9:56 AM

Nik Stauskas' second outing wasn't was effective as his first, scoring 10 points with two rebounds, one assist, one turnover and two 3- pointers in 35 minutes on Sunday.

He never really got into a rhythm and even shot just 2-of-6 from the line. Stauskas' ability to get to the line has probably been the biggest takeaway from the tournament besides how he's outplaying Ben McLemore. He's on the radar in standard leagues, but probably won't be worthy of a pick.
Jul 13 - 8:26 PM

Ben McLemore's struggles continued again on Sunday vs. the Hornets, making 4-of-10 from the field for 11 points, one rebound, no assists, five fouls, three turnovers and no 3-pointers.

All of his makes were around the basket and he just can't hit shots these days. McLemore was also exposed on defense, which has arguably been his biggest weakness among more than we can count. He needs a big game in the worst way.
Jul 13 - 8:16 PM

The Kings have officially hired Tyrone Corbin to serve as head coach Mike Malone's lead assistant.

Corbin is coming off a four-year stint as Utah's head coach so he's no stranger to player development, which will be critical on the Kings' young roster.
Source: NBA.com
Jul 13 - 3:50 PM


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