Player News - Kings

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General manager Vlade Divac called De'Aaron Fox "a true point guard."

The Kings are pumped about landing Fox at five and even said they had him No. 1 on their board -- everyone says that. Still, Fox is one of the fastest prospects to come out this decade and his quick hands should help him be a pesky defender to earn some steals. He did most of his scoring in the paint at Kentucky, so Fox is almost certainly going to struggle as a scorer at the next level. He's still a top-five fantasy pick among rookies, but Fox is more of a late-round pick for a patient owner.
Jun 24 - 6:54 PM

The Kings are releasing Arron Afflalo.

The Kings added some really nice perimeter depth on Thursday with De'Aaron Fox, Justin Jackson and Frank Mason. Plus, they could also be adding Bogdan Bogdanovic for next year, so they may have several new pieces to their backcourt compared to the start of the 2016-17 season. As for Afflalo, he is still 31 and he may be looking to join a contender next year.
Jun 23 - 4:53 PM

General manager Vlade Divac said the team is still waiting to hear from Bogdan Bogdanovic on his status for next season.

The Kings drafted a little of everything in the draft, so it's tough to get a read on Bogdanovic's based on that. Some of the Kings broadcasters sound fairly confident the shooting guard will be in Sacramento, and there was a report earlier this month that Bogdan himself is coming over. We'll probably get a clearer picture early next month.
Jun 23 - 2:32 PM

With the No. 34 pick in the draft, the Kings took Kansas PG Frank Mason.

Sacramento cleaned up in the first round and they kept rolling with the 5'11" Mason, who played four years in college. He averaged 20.9 points, 5.2 dimes, 4.2 boards, 1.3 steals and 2.3 treys in his final NCAA campaign, and at worst he gives Sacramento some backcourt insurance. He looked outstanding at the NBA Draft Combine, highlighted by his 41-inch vertical, and will be someone to watch during Summer League.
Jun 22 - 11:10 PM

The Kings selected Duke F/C Harry Giles with the No. 20 pick.

In his early teen years, Giles was widely considered one of the best prospects in America, but an ACL tear in his left knee at U16 in 2013 set him back slightly. Worse yet, Giles tore his ACL in his right knee during his senior year at high school, and also needed yet another procedure to his right knee in late 2016. If not for the injury woes, Giles would have been long gone in the draft, standing 6’11" with a 7’3" wingspan. He’s said he feels 100 percent and is pain free, so he may be out there for summer league. The Kings won't be competitive for a while, so Giles is a great value at No. 20 and will likely be brought along slowly. Expect him to provide some relief off the bench for Skal Labissiere and Willie Cauley-Stein.
Jun 22 - 9:44 PM

The Sacramento Kings have selected Justin Jackson with the 15th overall pick in the 2017 NBA Draft.

The Kings initially held the fifth and tenth picks in Thursday's selection process, but Sacramento turned the 10th pick into No. 15 and No. 20 in a trade with Portland. The reigning ACC Player of the Year led the Tar Heels to the NCAA title over Gonzaga, averaging a team-high 18.3 points while chipping in 4.7 boards, 2.8 assists, 0.8 steals and 2.6 treys. Jackson did spend three years at Chapel Hill, and that is part of the reason he didn’t go in the lottery, though he was the first post-lotto pick. Jackson really turned the corner as a shooter during his junior season, turning in 1.15 points per possession on catch-and-shoot opportunities. Expect him to have an opportunity to contribute in his rookie season with the Kings.
Jun 22 - 9:12 PM

The Kings are trading No. 10 to the Blazers for the 15th and 20th picks in the draft.

The Kings have a lot of holes, so it makes sense for them to trade back here and hope to land a couple rotation pieces. The Blazers also had three firsts, so trading up makes a ton of sense.
Jun 22 - 8:35 PM

The Kings have selected Kentucky PG De'Aaron Fox with the No. 5 pick.

The Kentucky guard gets some comparisons to fellow Wildcat John Wall for his quickness, transition game, and play-making skills. Fox does have some concerns regarding his jumper, but he thrived around the basket with 48.1 percent of his shots within three feet, making an impressive 64.2 percent of those. The 19-year-old guard also impressed during interviews with superb recollection of plays and a very media-friendly personality. His 39-point explosion against Lonzo Ball also tops his resume, so he likes the big stage. The Kings don't have any PGs under contract for next season and their interest in Fox was widely known before the draft, so he has a really good chance to be the starter on opening night.
Jun 22 - 8:04 PM

The Kings intend to pick at No. 5, but they could move back from No. 10 in order to land a player and later pick, according to Sam Amick of USA Today.

The Kings are always a team to watch for their willingness to make a splash, so we'll see what happens here. They have reportedly shot down a trade to move to No. 2 with a combination of the picks.
Jun 22 - 5:06 PM

If Jimmy Butler is traded, the Bulls are expected to target De'Aaron Fox or Josh Jackson, according to K.C. Johnson of the Chicago Tribune.

While Johnson is one of the most plugged-in reporters on the beat in the entire league, this isn't a surprise as the Bulls have been linked to both for a couple weeks. If the Bulls could pull a Butler deal off, they may have to trade into the top five to get either of these guys -- Fox doesn't seem like he'll be going past five while Jackson could slide after that if he doesn't go .
Jun 22 - 4:40 PM

Multiple NBA teams said Harry Giles' medical info was more favorable than they anticipated, according to Jeff Goodman of ESPN.

This is good news for a player with perhaps more injury red flags than any other prospect. Giles has torn both his ACLs in his playing career and he also hurt his knee again last year at Duke. There is some talk of him going in the top 10 for his upside, so this news may help him go in the lottery.
Source: ESPN.com
Jun 22 - 3:10 PM

ESPN's Chad Ford said that the Kings will consider Harry Giles with the 10th pick in the draft.

Once considered one of the top prospects in this class, Giles' value has taken a hit due to concerns about his knee -- he's had two ACL tears since 2013. He was also pretty underwhelming as a freshman at Duke, but it's safe to say he wasn't 100 percent healthy at the time either. He's 6'11" with a 9'1"standing reach and great athleticism, so it's easy to see why teams like his long-term potential. In addition to the Kings, Ford adds that the Blazers have strong interest at 15 and 20, the Pacers like him at 18 and the Thunder at 21.
Source: ESPN
Jun 22 - 11:57 AM

Bogdan Bogdanovic is reportedly leaning towards making the jump to the NBA next season.

The Kings are reportedly willing to offer Bogdanovic a contract starting at around $5-$10 million annually, and Kings GM Vlade Divac has gone on record stating that he'd love Bogdanovic to come stateside. He put in averages of 14.6 points, 3.8 boards, 3.6 dimes and 1.1 steals per game playing for Fenerbahce this past season en route to a EuroLeague Title, and he could help fill the void left by Rudy Gay should he suit up for the Kings next season.
Source: Sportando
Jun 21 - 11:33 AM

Langston Galloway will decline his player option with the Kings for the 2017-18 season.

With Galloway opting out, the Kings officially do not have any point guards on the roster for next season, which perhaps could give them some added incentive to go with De'Aaron Fox on draft day, assuming he's still available when they come on the board with the No. 5 overall selection. As for Galloway, he shouldn't have much trouble finding his next contract, but it's unlikely he'll be a guy worth monitoring in standard fantasy leagues next season.
Jun 21 - 10:04 AM

Frank Mason is scheduled for a workout with the 76ers on Monday.

Philly recently orchestrated a trade to move up to the No. 1 spot on draft day, presumably to draft Markelle Fultz, and with Jerryd Bayless and T.J. McConnell already on the books for next season, it would be surprising to see the 76ers invest in yet another point guard towards the back half of the 2017 NBA draft.
Jun 18 - 4:46 PM


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