Player News - Kings

Date: Team: Pos:

Kings sign F Eric Moreland.

He was undrafted after being named as Pac-12 All-Defensive Honorable Mention in 2013-14 and 2012-13 at Oregon State. Moreland is also the Beavers' all-time leader in blocks, and he swatted 2.7 shots per game at summer league this month. He'll head to training camp with an outside shot to make the team.
Jul 30 - 3:06 PM

The Kings agreed to a three-year deal with Eric Moreland.

The Kings were the champs of Las Vegas Summer League due partially to Moreland's protection of the rim, averaging 2.7 blocks to go with 3.5 points, 8.8 boards and 0.5 steals. He's been praised by coach Mike Malone and will get a chance to show what he can do in training camp.
Jul 29 - 8:37 PM

DeMarcus Cousins was bothered by a sore left quad on Tuesday, but it didn't prevent him from practicing with Team USA for the second straight day.

Cousins is reportedly "obsessed" with making the team, and his enthusiasm has earned him praise from coach Mike Krzyzewski and other Team USA officials. The quad injury doesn't sound serious and Cousins has a very good chance of making the final 12-man roster given the scanty big men available in the absence of LaMarcus Aldridge, Kevin Love and Blake Griffin.
Jul 29 - 6:55 PM

DeMarcus Cousins has positioned himself to make the cut for Team USA's World Cup of Basketball roster.

Cousins has dedicated himself to making Team USA's roster during this month's training camp and has been getting rave reviews from Team USA officials. "We love the fact he’s committed. He’s trying like crazy," Team USA coach Mike Krzyzewski said. "That level of commitment is not just to be admired, it needs to be talked about." If Cousins can translate this dedication to the 2014-15 NBA season, he could position himself as a Top 15 fantasy player.
Jul 29 - 10:17 AM

Mike Malone confirmed that Darren Collison will start at point guard on Opening Night.

This isn't surprising but it's the first we've seen that Collison is indeed the man. Ray McCallum is going to push Collison right from the jump but there are a lot of people in the front office that want Collison to look good and he'll likely start off at 30 mpg. From there, if McCallum can unseat Collison it won't take very much to allow a changing of the guard. In any event, Collison profiles as a late round pick at best right now.
Source: KHTK 1140
Jul 28 - 8:54 PM

Coach Mike Malone said rookie Nik Stauskas has been picking things up quickly.

"He’s a very smart kid," Malone said. "He’s a very confident young man and he’s a hard, hard worker." The Kings gave the Michigan product plenty of responsibilities on top of scoring the ball, and they may have him help facilitate the offense in the regular season. He's a good bet to unseat Ben McLemore as the starter.
Jul 26 - 2:51 PM

Omri Casspi is finalizing a one-year contract with the Kings after clearing waivers on Friday.

The move will reportedly allow the Kings to keep Quincy Acy and that was previously in doubt. Casspi isn't going to move the needle in fantasy or reality, but he will add to the glut of forwards the Kings are swimming in.
Jul 25 - 8:17 PM

Omri Casspi reportedly cleared waivers on Friday, and he is now a free agent.

Casspi is now free to sign with a team of his choosing, but with career averages of 7.7 points, 3.8 rebounds, and 0.9 three-pointers a game, it won't matter where he lands from a fantasy perceptive.
Jul 25 - 5:14 PM

The Pelicans waived G/F Omri Casspi.

The writing has been on the wall for a while here with his contract becoming guaranteed on Aug. 1. Casspi had a solid preseason in Houston last season, but couldn't get his 2013-14 regular season off the ground. He'll get a camp invite somewhere.
Jul 23 - 5:14 PM

Omri Casspi expects the Pelicans to waive him prior to August 1, when his $1.1 million deal would become guaranteed.

Casspi is a career 35.2 percent 3-point shooter and his minimum contract is reasonable, but apparently New Orleans doesn't feel that he'd add much to their roster. "My agent is talking with a number of teams and the Kings are one of them," Casspi said. "Couldn’t they use a stretch forward who can hit a three and loves to run? ... I would love to come back [to Sacramento] and fulfill my path. But now I have to concentrate on the [Israeli] national team."
Jul 23 - 10:13 AM

The Kings have until Saturday to decide whether or not they will bring Quincy Acy back.

Acy has a team option for approximately $915,000 and the Kings are considering bringing back the 23-year-old forward to fill a bench role. Acy averaged 11.3 points and 6.7 rebounds in seven Summer League games, but his 2014-15 fantasy value would be limited if the Kings pick up his option as he'll be hard-pressed to find more playing than the 13.4 minutes that he averaged in 2013-14.
Jul 22 - 10:05 AM

Coach Mike Malone said he thinks Eric Moreland earned a contract with the Kings.

Moreland has been terrific around the basket as a rim protector, blocking 2.6 shots per game to go with 4.2 points and 8.6 boards in Vegas. He will likely be headed to the D-League, but it's nice to see an undrafted guy step up in summer league.
Jul 21 - 12:23 PM

The Kings are still committed to 2013 draft pick Ben McLemore.

"I told him," coach Michael Malone said of McLemore, " ‘Listen, we drafted Nik Stauskas. That’s not any slight on you. We still believe in you. You’re still our guy and we still expect great things from you from Year 1 to Year 2.’" McLemore has really struggled on both ends of the floor. At times, he was replaced defensively by Marcus Thornton, which is saying something. On offense, he really hasn't been able to separate. There's little reason to draft him in any fantasy league.
Jul 21 - 10:03 AM

Mike Malone would like his team to run a more team-oriented offense like the Spurs.

"The reality is we cannot come back and play the same way we played last year," Malone said. "Changes have to be made. And the fact that all three of those guys [Ray McCallum, Ben McLemore, and Nik Stauskas] who are going to play on our perimeter played unselfishly [during Summer League]... they’re moving, they’re attacking, they’re playing with pace. Those guys can help set the tone when our veterans come back in September." Malone has made it a point to emphasize ball-movement, and defense as the Kings try to improve on last year's record of 28-54.
Jul 20 - 1:55 PM

Ben McLemore scored 22 points on 7-of-11 shooting to go with six boards, four assists, one steal and one block.

This was McLemore's best game of Summer League thus far as he shot with confidence and did not looked overwhelmed on the defensive end. He vastly outplayed his teammate Nik Stauskas (four points, 1-of-3 shooting) in the win on Thursday as the two continue to battle for the starting shooting guard spot for the Kings.
Jul 17 - 6:56 PM

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