Player News - Kings

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Kings owner Vivek Ranadive is "determined to hold on to" Rudy Gay, sources told Adrian Wojnarowski of The Vertical.

Despite Gay making it abundantly clear that he wants out and has no faith in the front office—we don't blame him for that stance—Ranadive isn't willing to give up on an attempt to retain him. Per Woj, Sacramento's owner believes Gay is a "vital talent," and he's told "associates that he believes he can change Gay's mind this year and persuade him to stay." It's hard to comprehend how Ranadive remains so far distanced from reality, and an argument could be made that this franchise has the most dysfunctional front office in the entire sport.
Sep 24 - 3:29 PM

Jason Jones of the Sacramento Bee said that the Kings are really happy with Ben McLemore's offseason.

He reportedly connected well with the coaching staff, so it sounds like Dave Joerger will stick to his word and give the fourth-year SG a shot. This comes on the heels of an earlier report by the same source which suggested that Mclemore has been on the trade block for months, but the good news is that we should have more clarity on this situation once camp starts next week. If McLemore remains in Sacramento, he will compete for minutes with Garrett Temple, Arron Afflalo and Malachi Richardson. He averaged a career-low 7.8 points per game last season, shooting 42.9 percent from the field.
Sep 23 - 12:59 PM

Ben McLemore has been available in trade talks for months according to the Sacramento Bee.

This confirms what we already know and it sounds like it's just a matter of time before McLemore finds a new home. Coach Dave Joerger did mention in August that he's looking for the fourth-year SG to step up, but that's going to be hard considering he will be competing with three new acquisitions in Garrett Temple, Arron Afflalo and Malachi Richardson. He won't have much value if he stays in Sacramento.
Sep 23 - 9:34 AM

According to Jason Jones of the Sacramento Bee, Kosta Koufos is a trade candidate.

A report by ESPN in early August suggested that Koufos could be moved as well, so this makes sense considering how much frontcourt depth the Kings have. It also helps that Koufos is on the books for about $8 million per year over the next two seasons, a very reasonable contract under the new salary cap. A move away from Sacramento could be good for his fantasy value, but his upside is low and he averaged just 6.8 points, 5.4 rebounds and 0.9 blocks per game last season.
Sep 23 - 9:28 AM

The Kings privately acknowledge that trading away Rudy Gay is in the best interest of both parties, according to Ailene Voisin of the Sacramento Bee.

Gay has publicly criticized the dysfunctional Sacramento franchise, and it seems like only a matter of time until he's wearing a new uniform. That being said, the Kings are reportedly hopeful that Gay can put up career-high numbers in a contract year, thus upping his value on the open market, so it sounds like he'll at least begin the year in Sacramento. Unfortunately, because we don't know where Gay might wind up, he'll be a somewhat risky mid-round target on draft day.
Sep 21 - 9:54 AM

According to Adrian Wojnarowski of The Vertical, Rudy Gay has informed the Kings that he will decline his player option for 2017.

Gay is also unlikely to renegotiate a deal with Sacramento, so it's clear that he's ready to move on from the Kings. Woj adds that the Kings will have more pressure on them to move Gay sooner rather than later, as his value will decline the longer they wait. The Kings are still hoping to receive a "substantial package" in return and several teams are said to be interested, but there hasn't been much traction in talks. It also doesn't help that teams could view him simply as a one-year rental. A trade seems likely and it could hurt Gay's fantasy value, so he's shaping up to be a risky mid-round pick. Matt Barnes and Omri Casspi could have sneaky value if Gay leaves.
Sep 19 - 12:54 PM

Kings sign G Jordan Farmar.

It's official. The Kings really needed to add some point guard depth with Darren Collison likely to be suspended to start the season. Second-round pick Isaiah Cousins hasn't done anything to warrant a roster spot to start the season, so expect Farmar to split the point guard minutes with Ty Lawson while Collison is out.
Sep 14 - 2:23 PM

Jordan Farmar has reportedly agreed to a deal with the Kings.

It's unclear if there's any guaranteed money here, or if this is just a camp invite, but it's worth noting that Farmar finished the 2015-16 season playing under Dave Joerger in Memphis. If Farmar does make the regular-season roster, he could split minutes with Ty Lawson early on while Darren Collison serves his suspension, but he won’t have any long-term value as the third-string guard in Sacramento.
Sep 13 - 4:51 PM

Kings sign G Isaiah Cousins.

Cousins has signed a partially-guaranteed one-year deal, according to Shams Charania of the Vertical. While he'll likely be on the Kings final roster, Cousins didn't have a great showing at Summer League and won't have much fantasy value in 2016-17.
Sep 6 - 1:41 PM

Garrett Temple believes he has an opportunity for a career year in Sacramento.

"I think the opportunity [for a career-year] is there," he said. "Coach [Dave] Joerger believes in my abilities and that I can produce, so I’ll be on the court a good amount this year. I’m working on the aspects of my game that need to improve this summer. I’ll be playing some point guard this year, and obviously playing the two and the three as well." Temple added that he's working on his decision-making abilities, and he could be an under-the-radar name to watch with Sacramento's backcourt anything but settled. The Kings didn't pay him $24M to ride the bench.
Sep 3 - 4:30 PM

Ty Lawson could start for the Kings on opening night.

Darren Collison pleaded guilty to domestic violence charges on Friday, so he will be subject to a suspension. Lawson has not played well at all in the last two years and his contract is not guaranteed. However, his only competition for PG minutes would be from rookie Isaiah Cousins and combo guard Garrett Temple -- the Kings could sign someone else, too. Lawson may have some short-term value in deeper leagues to start the season.
Sep 2 - 6:39 PM

Darren Collison pleaded guilty Friday to one count of misdemeanor domestic violence.

He will not serve actual jail time, but did receive a 20-day jail sentence in an Alternative Sentencing Program. That program will have him serve community service projects for Placer County. He will also serve three years of informal probation and attend a Batterer Treatment class over a 52-week period. "Words cannot describe the feelings and regret that I have been experiencing the last few months," Collison said in a statement. Per the NBA CBA, this plea agreement will result in a suspension for Collison. Ty Lawson is on a non-guaranteed deal and may be the opening night starter until Collison is available.
Sep 2 - 6:30 PM

The Kings reportedly aren't looking for a massive return should they opt to trade Rudy Gay.

This makes sense given that Gay is largely expected to opt out of his deal next year, thus deflating his value on the trade market a bit. Gay seems to be done with Sacramento, as he's openly criticized the franchise, so it would be far from surprising to see him wearing a different jersey at some point this upcoming season. However, we don't really know where he might wind up, and that uncertainty will make him a somewhat risky guy to spend a mid-round pick on.
Sep 1 - 3:51 PM

Kings sign G Ty Lawson.

It's official. Lawson has seen his game plummet over the last two seasons due to some off-court concerns and overall performance during games. However, the Kings really do need some insurance with only combo guard Garrett Temple and rookie Isaiah Cousins behind Darren Collison. If Collison is convicted or pleas in his domestic violence case, he will be subject to a minimum of a 10-game suspension -- his next court date is Sept. 8. Lawson is still too risky to draft at this point.
Source: NBA.com
Aug 31 - 3:13 PM

Ty Lawson has agreed to a one-year deal with the Kings.

Darren Collison is still the presumptive starter in Sacramento, with Lawson running the second unit, and draft pick Isaiah Cousins isn't guaranteed a spot on the roster. Lawson's off-court indiscretions have tainted his reputation and he has plenty of incentive this year -- an impressive, drama-free campaign with the Kings could yield a long-term contract next summer, months before his 30th birthday. He's a handcuff pick in deep leagues, but most owners should avoid him on draft day.


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