Player News - Kings

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Ty Lawson said that he's been hurt by the perception that he's not a good locker room guy.

"It’s been pretty hurtful, I guess," Lawson said. "Everybody thinks, ‘Ty’s a locker room wrecker,’ I don’t even say stuff in the locker room. I’m quiet, I’m chill. I feel like no one knows who I am." Once viewed as one of the premier point guards in the league, Lawson now finds himself on a minimum level deal in Sacramento trying to prove that he still belongs in the league. He could have some value early on while Darren Collison serves his suspension, but Lawson's long-term outlook isn't all that promising.
Sep 29 - 4:23 PM

Bogdan Bogdanovic wants to win a Euroleague trophy before he heads to the NBA.

While the 24-year-old has the talent to play in the NBA, he wants to leave his mark on the Euroleague before he leaves. "I know how much I love basketball and going to NBA is the goal for every basketball player," Bogdanovic said. "But I rejected Phoenix Suns’ offer because, let’s be honest, I don’t want to go to NBA without a Euroleague trophy." Bogdanovic will have fantasy value at some point, but it won't be in 2016-17.
Sep 29 - 12:21 PM

Matt Barnes believes that he will be able to help the Kings' team chemistry.

"I think I have a unique way of – no matter what team I’ve been on and who’s been on that team, even playing with Kobe [Bryant] and those guys – of having my voice being respected." Barnes added that he has an uncanny ability to get through to people and that he wants to lead by example this season. Barnes is one of coach Dave Joerger's favorite players, so he could have some sneaky fantasy value once Rudy Gay is inevitably traded. He also wants to be known as the "Cousins whisperer", so there's that.
Sep 28 - 12:56 AM

Kings coach Dave Joerger said Darren Collison's situation as far as league discipline is still up in the air.

Collison pleaded guilty in early September to one count of misdemeanor domestic violence, so it's basically a lock that the NBA will issue a suspension. With less than a month to go until opening night, fantasy owners should tread carefully with Collison in fantasy drafts until we get more clarity. Joerger said he's counting on Ty Lawson for a big year, so he could open the season as the starting PG with Garrett Temple backing him up.
Sep 27 - 11:50 PM

Garrett Temple will play some point guard this season according to coach Dave Joerger.

This isn't a huge surprise because the Kings don't have great depth at PG and Darren Collison is facing a suspension. The Kings did bring in Ty Lawson, so Temple will likely just be utilized as a combo guard off the bench. He's more of a defender, so his fantasy upside is limited. Ignore him on draft day.
Sep 27 - 11:43 PM

DeMarcus Cousins said he could play in a role similar to Marc Gasol.

Obviously, coach Dave Joerger coming over from Memphis has something to do with this comment. Boogie led the NBA in usage rate at a whopping 35.2 last season. Marc Gasol's career-high usage rate is just 24.6, so Cousins would see a decrease in ended possessions with a role like Gasol. Additionally, this could mean Cousins doesn't get as many treys and he could average over 4.0 dimes per game for the first time in his career. Cousins is worth a look at the turn of the first and second rounds.
Sep 26 - 11:59 PM

Rudy Gay confirmed he had shockwave and platelet-rich plasma treatment on his Achilles this summer.

He added he feels the best he has in years. Health aside, there are a lot of rumors surrounding Gay in the trade market. Owner Vivek Ranadive is "determined" to keep the 30-year-old forward, but we'll see if they can keep things in order. A trade would likely hurt Gay's fantasy value, so he's not a great target in the middle rounds these days.
Sep 26 - 8:17 PM

Willie Cauley-Stein has gained about 20 pounds this offseason.

That doesn't sound like a guy who will play much power forward. Coach Dave Joerger hasn't quite made it clear what he's going to do with Cauley-Stein and the four spot, but he's generally gone bigger than most coaches due to the roster on the Grizzlies. While he might start, he's almost certainly going to get more minutes at the backup five spot. For now, Trill is a late-round pick in standard leagues.
Sep 26 - 7:38 PM

Coach Dave Joerger said he's counting on Ty Lawson to have a big season.

The Kings are likely to lose Darren Collison for at least 10 games due to a suspension, so Lawson should have a chance to start. The 28-year-old guard has never really been super efficient, but he only had a 47.6 true shooting percentage last year. If you're looking for a quick boost at point guard for November, Lawson is an option in the last round of standard drafts.
Sep 26 - 5:39 PM

Ben McLemore said his confidence is "off the charts" and is higher than it's ever been since he's been in the NBA.

"Last year was pretty tough, but being the guy I am, humble, being a pro and just going out there and working my butt off, that’s what kept me focused on what I had to do," McLemore said. The Kings continue to draft wings, including Malachi Richardson at No. 22 this June. On top of that, Arron Afflalo is fully expected to start at shooting guard. Clearly, this is a make-or-break season for B-Mac.
Sep 24 - 10:16 PM

Kings owner Vivek Ranadive is "determined to hold on to" Rudy Gay, sources told Adrian Wojnarowski of The Vertical.

Despite Gay making it abundantly clear that he wants out and has no faith in the front office—we don't blame him for that stance—Ranadive isn't willing to give up on an attempt to retain him. Per Woj, Sacramento's owner believes Gay is a "vital talent," and he's told "associates that he believes he can change Gay's mind this year and persuade him to stay." It's hard to comprehend how Ranadive remains so far distanced from reality, and an argument could be made that this franchise has the most dysfunctional front office in the entire sport.
Sep 24 - 3:29 PM

Jason Jones of the Sacramento Bee said that the Kings are really happy with Ben McLemore's offseason.

He reportedly connected well with the coaching staff, so it sounds like Dave Joerger will stick to his word and give the fourth-year SG a shot. This comes on the heels of an earlier report by the same source which suggested that Mclemore has been on the trade block for months, but the good news is that we should have more clarity on this situation once camp starts next week. If McLemore remains in Sacramento, he will compete for minutes with Garrett Temple, Arron Afflalo and Malachi Richardson. He averaged a career-low 7.8 points per game last season, shooting 42.9 percent from the field.
Sep 23 - 12:59 PM

Ben McLemore has been available in trade talks for months according to the Sacramento Bee.

This confirms what we already know and it sounds like it's just a matter of time before McLemore finds a new home. Coach Dave Joerger did mention in August that he's looking for the fourth-year SG to step up, but that's going to be hard considering he will be competing with three new acquisitions in Garrett Temple, Arron Afflalo and Malachi Richardson. He won't have much value if he stays in Sacramento.
Sep 23 - 9:34 AM

According to Jason Jones of the Sacramento Bee, Kosta Koufos is a trade candidate.

A report by ESPN in early August suggested that Koufos could be moved as well, so this makes sense considering how much frontcourt depth the Kings have. It also helps that Koufos is on the books for about $8 million per year over the next two seasons, a very reasonable contract under the new salary cap. A move away from Sacramento could be good for his fantasy value, but his upside is low and he averaged just 6.8 points, 5.4 rebounds and 0.9 blocks per game last season.
Sep 23 - 9:28 AM

The Kings privately acknowledge that trading away Rudy Gay is in the best interest of both parties, according to Ailene Voisin of the Sacramento Bee.

Gay has publicly criticized the dysfunctional Sacramento franchise, and it seems like only a matter of time until he's wearing a new uniform. That being said, the Kings are reportedly hopeful that Gay can put up career-high numbers in a contract year, thus upping his value on the open market, so it sounds like he'll at least begin the year in Sacramento. Unfortunately, because we don't know where Gay might wind up, he'll be a somewhat risky mid-round target on draft day.
Sep 21 - 9:54 AM


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