Player News - Kings

Date: Team: Pos:

Kosta Koufos will exercise his $8.7 million player option to remain with the Kings for the 2018-19 season.

The 29-year-old Koufos is entering his fourth year with Sacramento, having averaged 6.7 points and 6.6 rebounds in 19.6 minutes per game last season. He was unlikely to command a higher annual salary as a free agent, and is likely betting that he can lock up one more long-term deal in 2019. No matter where he's playing, he'll go undrafted in all but the deepest fantasy leagues.
Source: ESPN.com
May 10 - 12:25 AM

Bogdan Bogdanovic (knee surgery) is expected to resume full basketball activities in 8-10 weeks.

That should keep him out of Las Vegas Summer League in July. Players often get a knee scope after the completion of a season, and it's not necessarily going to affect them negatively in the coming year. Bogdanovic took a step back in efficiency as the season went along, so he'll look to turn it around and he should be close to 100 percent for camp in the fall.
Source: NBA.com
Apr 25 - 3:07 PM

An MRI revealed a slight tear of the medial meniscus in Bogdan Bogdanovic's left knee, and he will undergo a minimally invasive meniscus debridement procedure on Tuesday.

We should get an official timetable for Bogdanovic's return date after the procedure is performed, but a knee scope isn't anything to be too terribly worried about and he'll have plenty of time to get himself ready for the 2018-19 season. After posting averages of 11.8 points, 3.3 dimes, 1.7 triples, 0.9 steals and 1.6 turnovers per game on 44.6% shooting during his rookie season, he'll be someone to think about snatching up towards the later rounds on draft day next year.
Source: NBA
Apr 24 - 6:57 PM

Vince Carter concluded his 20th NBA season on Wednesday with 12 points on 5-of-8 shooting, two 3-pointers, three rebounds and one assist in 25 minutes.

Earlier this week, Carter reiterated that he hopes to extend his auspicious NBA career. "I plan on coming back next season," he said. "I’m almost 90 percent sure that’s it after next season ... maybe two more years ... Is Sacramento a possibility? Or how am I looking at free agency? I don’t know. I stay in my lane." For what it's worth, Carter has also spoken about ending his career in Toronto.
Apr 12 - 1:03 AM

Justin Jackson shot 0-of-8 to finish Wednesday's win vs. Houston scoreless with four rebounds, two assists and one block in 31 minutes.

The No. 15 pick in this year's draft finished with two consecutive scoreless games. We'd like to see more polish from a 23-year-old rookie, but he never quite found his footing for fantasy value -- his best month was February, when he averaged 8.1 points (46.8% FGs, 77.8% FTs), 0.7 threes, 3.9 boards, 1.6 assists, 0.9 steals and 0.2 blocks. Even if the Kings don't add significant wing players this offseason, Jackson will only be a flier on draft day.
Apr 12 - 1:02 AM

Willie Cauley-Stein ended the season on a high-note, scoring 22 points with 11 rebounds, four assists and one steal in 30 minutes vs. the Rockets.

Houston started a shell of a team with Tarik Black in the middle tonight, so take this with a grain of salt. WCS made 9-of-12 shots and was 4-of-6 at the FT line, a strong finish to his third NBA campaign. He finished with late-round value in most situations -- he averaged career-highs with 12.6 points, 6.9 boards, 2.3 assists, 1.1 steals and 0.9 blocks, but fell to career-lows in percentages (49.8% FGs, 61.8% FTs). We're still optimistic about Cauley-Stein's next season, following another summer of work with guys like De'Aaron Fox, Bogdan Bogdanovic, Skal Labissiere, Justin Jackson and Buddy Hield.
Apr 12 - 1:02 AM

Garrett Temple (ankle) will not play on Wednesday vs. the Rockets.

He had no chance of playing in this one and we haven't seen him since March 19. Temple has an $8M player option for next season and we'd expect him to pick it up.
Apr 10 - 8:46 PM

Skal Labissiere (ankle) will miss the season finale on Wednesday.

This will be his fourth straight game on the shelf, but Labissiere should recover in plenty of time for Sacramento's summer program. The 22-year-old forward didn't take a huge step forward this season with the Kings showcasing Zach Randolph for months, but he did look solid after the All-Star break with 10.7 points, 5.6 rebounds, 2.0 assists, 1.2 blocks and 0.6 triples on 42.2% shooting from the field and 90.2% from the line. He does have some sleeper potential for next season.
Apr 10 - 8:44 PM

An MRI revealed that Frank Mason has slight tear of the plantar fascia in his left heel.

He's obviously going to miss the season finale, but he's expected to make a full recovery in time for the team's summer program. This is not the same foot as his last injury, and it's also not as severe. Mason averaged 7.9 points, 2.8 assists, 2.5 rebounds, 0.7 steals, 0.6 triples and 1.3 turnovers in 18.9 minutes this season, shooting 37.9% from the field and 81.7% from the line. We like his chances of opening the 2018-19 season as De'Aaron Fox's primary backup.
Apr 10 - 8:37 PM

Justin Jackson missed both of his shots and somehow failed to score in 32 minutes, while Bogdan Bogdanovic hit just 1-of-8 shots and finished with two points in 26 minutes of Monday's loss to the Spurs.

Yuck. Hopefully you weren't counting on these two tonight, but it wasn't easy to see coming. Jackson had played very well in his previous two games, and Bogdanovic was hot before fading over his last two. They'll have a chance for redemption on Wednesday against the Rockets, but they're going to be hard to trust after tonight's disasters.
Apr 9 - 11:25 PM

De'Aaron Fox hit 7-of-17 shots and three 3-pointers for 21 points and seven assists in Monday's loss.

Fox is finishing up on a high note, scoring in double-figures in five straight games and his 21 points were his most since he matched that number on March 1. He should be out there on Wednesday against the Rockets and will be a breakout candidate next season.
Apr 9 - 11:22 PM

Frank Mason (heel) has been ruled out for Monday's game against the Spurs.

Mason will have one more opportunity to play this season, but with both him and Garrett Temple (ankle) on the sidelines tonight, De'Aaron Fox will be the only active point guard on the roster so he should be logging major minutes tonight.
Apr 9 - 4:19 PM

Garrett Temple (ankle) will remain on the sidelines for Monday's game against the Spurs.

He's been out since March 19 and there's a good chance we won't see him again this season.
Apr 9 - 2:59 PM

Skal Labissiere (ankle) will not play on Monday vs. the Spurs.

This will be his third straight game on the shelf and it doesn't sound like we'll see him on Wednesday vs. Houston either. Zach Randolph hasn't played in weeks, so the Kings will probably turn to JaKarr Sampson again.
Apr 9 - 1:55 PM

Frank Mason (sore left heel) is questionable for Monday's game vs. the Spurs.

Mason has been quiet for weeks and is averaging just 16.2 minutes over his last five games. With Garrett Temple (ankle) still out, De'Aaron Fox should play all the minutes he can handle.
Apr 9 - 1:54 PM


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