Player News - Kings

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Nemanja Bjelica has agreed to a three-year, $20.5 million deal with the Sacramento Kings, according to Shams Charania of Yahoo! Sports.

Well, he ditches the 76ers here and he’s not going to Europe. Bjelica reportedly wanted a multi-year deal, so Vlade Divac gets another guy on the rebound today after Yogi Ferrell. Bjelica may play some SF after he proved capable last year, and he gives the Kings much-needed shooting.
Jul 20 - 10:06 PM

Yogi Ferrell and the Sacramento Kings have come to terms on a deal, according to Shams Charania of Yahoo! Sports.

The Kings are becoming the NBA's top team in picking up players after they back out of deals. Nemanja Bjelica did so with the 76ers, and Ferrell just did so with the Mavs. Plus, Ferrell even said yesterday he "wouldn't want to be anywhere else" after the agreement with Dallas was announced. Assuming he doesn't back out again, he will likely compete with Frank Mason III for the backup PG role.
Jul 20 - 4:02 PM

Yogi Ferrell is fielding interest from several teams, including Cleveland and New Orleans, and plans to make a decision by Saturday, according to Shams Charania of Yahoo Sports.

On Friday morning, Yogi surprisingly backed out of a two-year, $5.3 million deal with Dallas, that was only guaranteed for the first season. Cleveland would be an interesting landing spot, as they currently don't have much depth at shooting guard.
Jul 20 - 12:22 PM

According to Shams Charania of Yahoo Sports, Yogi Ferrell has changed course on his deal with the Dallas Mavericks and will re-enter free agency.

This is certainly surprising after it was reported on Thursday that Yogi and the Mavs had agreed to terms on a two-year, $5.3 million contract. "We felt uncomfortable and will weigh our options," said Ferrell's agent Cervando Tejeda. According to Tim MacMahon of ESPN, the Mavs didn’t hear from the agent until after seeing the tweet from Shams. It's a tight market and Yogi is an undersized shooting guard, but we have to assume his agent has another deal lined up.
Jul 20 - 9:29 AM

Yogi Ferrell has agreed to a two-year, $5.3 million contract with the Mavs.

The second season of Ferrell's deal includes a trigger date on July 7. According to Shams Charania of Yahoo Sports, Yogi was promised the backup shooting guard position to start next season. However, Dallas drafted Luka Doncic and Jalen Brunson back in June, so Ferrell may see fewer minutes in 2018-19. Last season, he appeared in all 82 games and averaged 10.2 points, 3.0 rebounds and 2.5 assists in 27.8 minutes, while shooting 42.6% from the floor.
Jul 19 - 12:49 PM

Nemanja Bjelica is reportedly discussing a two-year deal with the Kings in the $13 million range with approximately $2 million guaranteed for the 2019-20 season.

Bjelica backed out of a one-year, $4.4 million deal with the Sixers earlier this week after he had previously agreed to terms. The initial explanation was that he wanted to return to Europe next season. However, it appears it may be a financially motivated decision. The Kings have plenty of depth at power forward, so Bjelica would likely be slotted at SF for Sacramento.
Jul 19 - 9:08 AM

Nemanja Bjelica and the Kings plan to begin discussing potential deal, according to Shams Charania of Yahoo! Sports.

Well, it's an interesting move after Bjelica reportedly backed out of a one-year deal with the 76ers. According to Shams, it could be a better long-term fit for Bjelica, so it's likely for multiple seasons. If not, he could be headed to Europe a few years removed from his EuroLeague MVP season. It would also be an interesting fit, especially with how the Kings are deeper at power forward. Maybe the Kings pull a Bulls and play him out of position at SF, which wouldn't be too bold after Bjelica's play while Jimmy Butler was out last season.
Jul 18 - 3:30 PM

According to Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN, Memphis is finalizing a trade that will send Ben McLemore, Deyonta Davis and cash to Sacramento in exchange for Garrett Temple.

Davis played two seasons for Memphis. He saw limited time as a rookie in 2016-17, but appeared in 65 games (including six starts) for the Grizz last season. He averaged 5.8 points, 4.0 rebounds and 0.6 blocks in 15.2 minutes per contest. He never made the leap Memphis was hoping for, but he is still just 21 years of age. In Sacramento, he'll compete for minutes at center with Zach Randolph, Willie Cauley-Stein and Kosta Koufos.

According to Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN, Memphis is finalizing a trade that will send Ben McLemore, Deyonta Davis and cash to Sacramento in exchange for Garrett Temple.

McLemore spent the first four seasons of his career in Sacramento after the Kings drafted him with the seventh overall pick in the 2013 NBA draft, but never lived up to expectations. Last season in Memphis, he averaged a career-low 7.5 points to go along with 2.5 rebounds and 0.9 assists. The Kings have solid depth on the wing, so it's unlikely McLemore will see the requisite playing time to emerge as a fantasy factor in standard leagues in 2018-19.
Jul 17 - 11:59 AM

Nemanja Bjelica, who had agreed to terms on a one-year deal with the 76ers, informed the team on Tuesday morning that he will stay in Europe this season, according to Adrian Wojnarowski‏ of ESPN.

Bjelica had never actually signed the contract with Philly, giving him the opportunity to reverse course. It's a tough blow for the Sixers, as they were counting on Bjelica to provide depth at forward. This will open up some minutes for the newly acquired Wilson Chandler. In addition, Furkan Korkmaz may see an uptick in playing time as well. The Sixers also now have their mid-level exception back, and can add another player to the roster.

Deyonta Davis hit just 3-of-5 shots for seven points, three rebounds and two blocks in 26 minutes of Monday's 97-92 Summer League loss to the Blazers.

Davis has been quiet this summer, much like most of last season, and we were expecting more with Jaren Jackson Jr. sitting this one out. It's possible the Grizzlies eventually give up on him, but he should be on the roster at the start of the regular season.
Jul 17 - 12:58 AM

The Mavs are "on the verge" of re-signing Yogi Ferrell to a multi-year deal, according to Dallas beat writer Eddie Sefko.

Sefko confirms Yahoo's report that Dallas rescinded Yogi's qualifying offer, but notes that is a mere formality. Per Sefko, the Mavs "have up to $4.4 million to spend, but it’s unknown how much of that they will use on the third-year guard." ESPN's Tim MacMahon also reported that Yogi and the Mavs are on the "one-yard line," so it seems this will get done sooner rather than later.
Jul 14 - 10:58 AM

The Mavericks have rescinded the qualifying offer on Yogi Ferrell, according to Shams Charania of Yahoo! Sports.

That'll make him an unrestricted free agent. The Mavs were expecting Ferrell to sign the offer and have him play on that for the upcoming season, but perhaps Ferrell wasn't interested in that offer. Additionally, Tim MacMahon of ESPN adds that the Mavs and Ferrell are on the "one-yard line" to get a deal done, so maybe he'll be staying beyond this season.
Jul 14 - 12:24 AM

Harry Giles and Justin Jackson are out for Friday.

It's just rest for the two picks from the 2017 NBA draft. Giles had himself a very productive time with his work in Sacramento and Vegas, showing his defensive presence, face-up game on offense, and running the floor very well for a big man. Giles projects as more of a center for the Kings, and it's possible he sees a few starts in his rookie season. It'll be a bumpy ride to start the year with so much competition, so he'll likely be more of a stash.
Jul 13 - 9:55 PM

Harry Giles said his biggest takeaway from summer league is patience.

He's talked a lot about how he's not going to rest as he gets ready for next season, so he may have realized timing is a factor for his NBA career. "Every game I’ve been thrown a different challenge," Giles said. "From people trying to get in my head, to not being able to score the ball, to passing the ball, to getting it on the break. I just took away that I’m taking the right steps, I’m getting better each game." Giles could be the starter right away, especially with how he looked better than Marvin Bagley.
Jul 12 - 5:51 PM


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