Player News - Kings

Date: Team: Pos:

Marco Belinelli (hamstring) was back at practice on Saturday.

He sat out on Friday and it was never considered serious. Belinelli is probably the Kings' best 3-point shooter, so look for him to help space the floor in the second unit. He's only worth a look in deep leagues.
Oct 3 - 3:38 PM

Rajon Rondo (sacrum) was back at practice on Saturday.

He had a sore sacrum on Friday, which is one of the strangest injuries in recent memory. Whatever the case, Rondo will be ready to go as the slight favorite to start in Sacramento, even though Darren Collison checks in as the better player and has been impressing George Karl right off the bat.
Oct 3 - 3:37 PM

The Kings picked up their 2016-17 option on Ben McLemore.

The Kings sent Sauce Castillo to Philly, so they have a lot of confidence in McLemore. After the break while the Kings were a little banged up, his usage rate did jump up, but his efficiency went in the other direction. Considering his opportunity, he's worth a look late in drafts.
Oct 3 - 3:06 PM

Kings head coach George Karl said that Kosta Koufos is a player who he is going to like having on the court.

"Kosta’s developed a game now where fundamentally he doesn’t make many mistakes," Karl said. "He’s a very good big-guy defender. He knows how to stay on the court. He’s not a flashy player, but he’s a guy you’re going to like having on the court." Karl hasn't revealed his intentions for the starting lineup, but Koufos has spent some time playing center next to DeMarcus Cousins in camp. Koufos is worth keeping an eye on in case he secures a sizable role.
Oct 3 - 9:49 AM

The Kings have picked up Ben McLemore's fourth-year option.

McLemore had a solid sophomore season with Kings, posting averages of 12.1 points, 2.9 boards, 1.7 assists, 0.9 steals and 1.7 3-pointers per game, so it was an easy decision for Sacramento. McLemore said that he has focused on improving his defense this summer, so that will be something to look for during the preseason. There will be plenty of competition for playing time with Marco Belinelli and Darren Collison vying for minutes, so McLemore is just a late-round flier in standard leagues.
Oct 3 - 9:39 AM

Arturas Gudaitis could come to the NBA as soon as the 2016-17 season.

The Kings own the Lithuanian big man's rights, and he will reportedly play for their summer league team next year. Gudaitis is 22 years old and posted averages of 6.5 points, 2.2 boards and 0.9 blocks in 15.4 minutes per game in Euroleague. We will keep tabs on the young prospect's progress, but he isn't on the fantasy radar this season.
Source: Sportando
Oct 3 - 9:08 AM

Rajon Rondo is dealing with a sore sacrum.

That's a new one. The sacrum is basically the bone attaching the back, pelvis and tailbone. It doesn't sound serious and Rondo should be ready for the preseason opener on Monday.
Oct 2 - 5:07 PM

Marco Belinelli (hamstring) sat out of practice on Friday, but the injury isn't considered serious.

Head coach George Karl expects him to return to the court on Saturday, so he is probably just a little sore. Belinelli should be a key member of the second unit in Sacramento, and he should see enough minutes to carve out value in deeper leagues as a 3-point specialist.
Oct 2 - 4:56 PM

Rajon Rondo sat out of practice on Friday due to a sore back, but he was seen coaching players on the sidelines.

It's likely just a rest day for the veteran, and it doesn't sound like the injury is anything serious. Additionally, head coach George Karl expects him back for Saturday. Rondo is coming off a dreadful 2014-15 season, but we've only heard positive reports out of Sacramento this summer. His ceiling is low in standard leagues and Darren Collison could steal some of his minutes, so he is still not a recommended fantasy target. We will keep him off the injury report for now.
Oct 2 - 4:21 PM

DeMarcus Cousins has been taking 3-point shots in practice, and beat reporter Jason Jones said that will be a part of his game this season.

Cousins has connected on just 11 of his 69 three-point attempts throughout his five-year career, so we'd like to see him do this on a consistent level before getting too excited about it. Still, Cousins was a top-10 asset in standard 9-cat leagues last year on a per-game basis, and there's no reason to think he can't take another step in his development during Year-6. He'll make for a quality first-round selection on draft day.
Oct 1 - 5:54 PM

Ben McLemore said he's focusing on improving his defense this season.

McLemore will be sporting a new name (McLemore III) on the back of his jersey and hopes to add a new defensive approach to his game. "I want to continue to work on it," McLemore said. "Not just on my offensive game, but my defensive game, too. Watching film, figuring out different guys’ tendencies, how they play on the floor, learn from that and take it out on the floor and work on my defense from there." McLemore finished the 2014-15 season with a flourish, but he'll be competing for minutes with Marco Belinelli and Darren Collison and is nothing more than a late-round flier in standard fantasy leagues.
Oct 1 - 10:48 AM

Kings coach George Karl said that Kosta Koufos has been a standout player at training camp.

"I thought Kosta was a damn good player for me in Denver and he’s better than he was," Karl said. "He’s better, he’s more solid, he’s more confident, he’s stronger, he’s bigger." Koufos hasn't been named as the Kings' starting center but he has a good chance to earn the job, and either way he's assured a substantial role. He's worth monitoring as a potential source of boards, blocks and FG% in the final rounds.
Sep 30 - 8:32 PM

The Kings practiced with an 18-second shot clock on Wednesday.

This is another sign that they're going to push the pace. They were running fairly fast in the Karl era last year, but the addition of Rajon Rondo may have caused some doubt. Still, expect them to be in the top 10 for pace.
Sep 30 - 7:40 PM

The Kings aren't sure who will start up front next to big man DeMarcus Cousins this season.

Rookie Willie Cauley-Stein, Rudy Gay and Kosta Koufos are all possibilities for George Karl, while we currently have Koufos penciled in to start at center. And obviously, if Gay plays power forward, Cousins would be at center in that scenario. Either way, Cousins looks like a Top 6 pick this season, while Cauley-Stein is one of the more intriguing big rookies that will be available later in fantasy drafts. "We have different looks, we have different types of big men," Cousins said. "Willie’s a young athletic big man. We’ve go Kosta who’s a banger and I’m my specific kind of big man. I think we have different looks. I think it’s going to be good in the end."
Sep 29 - 9:03 PM

George Karl spoke highly of Darren Collison following the Kings' first practice on Tuesday.

"I thought Darren was very good today," said Karl. "This is the first time I've seen him play. He's one of the guys who had my interest." By the time Karl become the head coach of the Kings last season, Collison was already on the shelf due to a hip injury, but it sounds like Karl likes what he's seen thus far. Collison will be backing up Rajon Rondo this season, which really limits his upside, but it's not like Rondo is a lock to have a turnaround season. Given how well Darren played before going down last season, he's worth a late-round gamble on draft day.
Sep 29 - 6:35 PM

Highest Searched Players over the last 7 days

Video Center

    Silva: Week 4 Matchups

    Silva: Week 4 Matchups
    Fantasy Minute: Friday

    Fantasy Minute: Friday
    RotoPat: Week 4 Rankings

    RotoPat: Week 4 Rankings
    Norris: Don

    Norris: Don't Sleep On Eifert
    Norris: Karlos a Must Start

    Norris: Karlos a Must Start
    Fantasy Minute: Wednesday

    Fantasy Minute: Wednesday
    Summerlin: Week 4 Waivers

    Summerlin: Week 4 Waivers
    Fantasy Minute: Tuesday

    Fantasy Minute: Tuesday