Player News - Kings

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The Kings have agreed to terms with Ramon Sessions on a two-year, $4.2 million deal.

He should have signed long ago and the Kings were somehow able to sign him and didn't spend too much with their bi-annual exception. He'll likely compete in a backup role with Ray McCallum, who didn't shoot the ball well despite his heavy dose of minutes late in the season. It also wouldn't be a shock to see Sessions unseat Darren Collison at some point. He's still not going to be worth drafting in most fantasy leagues due to a lower upside and a lower usage rate next to Rudy Gay and DeMarcus Cousins. McCallum can be removed from your standard-league draft board while Collison has some added risk in the later rounds.
Sep 20 - 11:50 AM

Alex Oriakhi signed a contract to play in Lithuania.

He was with the Kings summer league team in July after being brought over in the Isaiah Thomas sign-and-trade deal. Oriakhi also played in France in 2013.
Source: Sportando
Sep 20 - 9:26 AM

The Sacramento Kings officially announced the signings of Omri Casspi and Ryan Hollins on Thursday.

The Casspi signing was first reported in late July, while the news about Hollins was first reported on September 17th. Both men are being brought in mostly for their veteran presence and depth, neither will be impact fantasy players next season.
Sep 18 - 4:57 PM

Ryan Hollins agreed to a one-year deal with the Kings on Wednesday.

It's a fully guaranteed deal, so he should make the 15-man roster. Hollins probably won't crack the rotation, but it's certainly possible given the sub-par performances the Kings have gotten out of their power forwards.
Sep 17 - 8:04 PM

Carl Landry said recently that he's still not 100 percent recovered from the torn meniscus that ended his 2013-14 season.

"That’s what I’m going through right now – just being patient, but still trying to do the right things on the court," Landry said. "I would say that I’m almost [100 percent healthy] – I’m very close." He'll be scraping off the rust during training camp, assuming he can fully participate, and there's no reason to touch him in fantasy leagues with Jason Thompson, Reggie Evans and Eric Moreland all crowded around the PF position.
Source: NBA.com
Sep 17 - 12:26 PM

Kings prospect PF Eric Moreland said that he's added nearly 20 pounds to his lean 6'10" frame this summer.

Moreland is up to 230 pounds but he conceded, "I still have a lot more weight to add." Kings GM Pete D'Alessandro described the 22-year-old Moreland as an energetic player who can "step in and create a niche for himself," but he's not even a lock to make the regular-season roster.
Source: NBA.com
Sep 17 - 12:22 PM

Team USA director Jerry Colangelo said that DeMarcus Cousins made "tremendous strides" during the FIBA World Cup.

"You can use all the superlatives you want and apply them to DeMarcus," Colangelo said. "In the locker room after our [gold-medal] win over Serbia ... I told him, ‘The past is the past. This is the beginning of your career. Take everything you learned back to Sacramento." Cousins improved his conditioning to make Team USA and his improved maturity makes him an even more appealing first-round pick in fantasy drafts this season.
Sep 17 - 9:01 AM

Free agent Ryan Hollins said he's been in talks with the Heat, Kings, Bulls, Lakers and Spurs.

He met with the Heat earlier this month and nothing is imminent at this point. Hollins will likely get a camp deal with some team, but he won't be in the rotation to start the season.
Sep 15 - 9:10 PM

Ben McLemore will be the new spokesperson on the Kings for the Pizza Guys restaurant chain.

Kings fans and League Pass subscribers probably had their fair share of chuckles with Isaiah Thomas' Pizza Guys commercials last year, but the company needs a new pitch man with Thomas playing for the Suns. Hopefully the ads will help McLemore, who had a horrible rookie season. While we loved Thomas last year and were definitely Pizza Guys, we're probably not going to be this year with McLemore.
Sep 15 - 8:44 PM

DeMarcus Cousins shot 70.2 percent from the field during his FIBA World Cup.

He was terrific off the bench and showed some maturity this summer. Cousins caught an elbow to the throat against Lithuania on Thursday, but he was able to restrain himself from throwing a punch. He just turned 24 last month and still has plenty of room to improve. DMC is worth a look at the end of the first round.
Sep 15 - 9:38 AM

Rudy Gay (mouth) scored 11 points with three rebounds, one 3-pointer and one turnover in 16 minutes against Serbia during Team USA's win on Sunday.

He didn't break his jaw on Thursday and was able to play 16 minutes on Sunday. Gay had a solid tournament, making 47.8 percent of his shots in 14 minutes per game. He'll likely have the ball more with Isaiah Thomas now in Phoenix and may raise his assists by a hair. He wasn't great in isolation last year, so the loss of Thomas may actually hurt Gay's fantasy value.
Sep 15 - 9:24 AM

Updating a previous item, Rudy Gay's jaw is not fractured from Thursday game vs. Lithuania.

He said that he had a fracture in his jaw in a report earlier today, but a team official said that it wasn't the case. Gay does have a broken tooth and it's not expected to keep him out long. He could suit up for Sunday's final vs. Serbia.
Source: USA Today
Sep 13 - 9:04 PM

Rudy Gay suffered a fracture to his jaw and a broken tooth from an elbow to his face during Thursday's game against Lithuania.

"The top is where I got hit. It's painful," Gay said. "It's uncomfortable, and it still bleeds, so I've got to continuously gargle. It is what it is, man." Gay also called it a dirty play, which is up for debate because he was going to the basket and just caught an elbow while he was almost at the peak of his jump. He still has a chance to play on Sunday and this doesn't sound like a long-term injury.
Source: USA Today
Sep 13 - 12:16 PM

Former Hawks star, and Atlanta native Shareef Abdur-Rahim responded to Danny Ferry and Bruce Levenson's racist remarks in an open letter.

Here's a snippet from the letter: "I recall countless games blacked out in the 1980s and early 90s due to low attendance in the arena. Neither African-American cheerleaders nor the African-American community were the cause of low attendance back then and they are not the cause now... The notion that Africans are 'two-faced liars and cheats' is offensive. I am proud I have a lot of African in me and know such traits do not carry negative attributes." Click the link below if you'd like to read Abdur-Rahim's letter in full.
Sep 12 - 3:14 PM

Rudy Gay went to the locker room at the end of the third quarter of Thursday's game vs. Lithuania.

He caught an elbow to the mouth while going for a shot at the rim and was on the floor for a minute. It didn't look like there is any threat of a concussion and he should be ready to go for Sunday's game in the FIBA final. Gay exited the game with three points, seven rebounds and one steal in 13 minutes.
Sep 11 - 4:36 PM


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