Player News - Kings

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The Kings picked up their $3.2 million option on Ben McLemore's contract on Sunday.

He had a rough game on Saturday, but did well overall in preseason thus far. If McLemore can stave off Nik Stauskas, he may be worth a spot in deep leagues, but a timeshare looks imminent, making it tough to own either in standard leagues.
Oct 19 - 2:50 PM

The Kings waived G Deonte Burton on Sunday.

Burton was originally signed as a guy to be emergency depth behind Darren Collison and Ray McCallum, however, once Ramon Sessions was acquired there was really no reason to have a fourth point guard on the roster.
Oct 19 - 8:45 AM

The Kings have waived C Sim Bhullar.

Sim Bhullar is massive at 7'5" and 355 pounds and had a nice moment last night scoring his first pro bucket at the end of regulation. His size may get him opportunity elsewhere, however his limited basketball skills takes him completely off the radar with regards to fantasy.
Oct 19 - 8:39 AM

Ramon Sessions kept his strong preseason going on Saturday with 11 points, two rebounds, six assists, one steal and two turnovers in 24 minutes.

He shot 4-of-6 from the field and 3-of-4 from the line. Sessions has kept his turnovers down and has been able to attack the rim for the Kings so far. Darren Collison played well with 12 points and three dimes tonight and should be favored to start, but Sessions could have value off the bench.
Oct 19 - 2:00 AM

DeMarcus Cousins turned the ball over nine times in 26 minutes on Saturday with 19 points, 12 boards, two blocks and one steal.

The turnovers were a bit much and he did have 4.0 turnovers per game in limited action before tonight. Cousins is still going to be a monster for fantasy owners and is worth a look at the end of the first round.
Oct 19 - 1:57 AM

Reggie Evans grabbed 13 boards on Saturday during a 91-59 win over Maccabi Haifa to go with two points, one assist and one steal.

When an opponent misses 57 shots, there are going to be some boards. Evans is going to get his piece of the pie, but there just won't be much fantasy value here for the one-category big man. Fantasy owners in any league should be able to do better. Jason Thompson was awful in his 15 minutes, failing to score.
Oct 19 - 1:52 AM

Ben McLemore made just 1-of-7 from the field for four points on Saturday.

He was actually playing well in the preseason, so we can't bash him here. Still, McLemore is not worth drafting in almost any league.
Oct 19 - 1:48 AM

Rudy Gay (left ankle) will not play on Saturday night.

There is no word the severity of the injury, but we'd guess it's minor right now. Gay is going to handle the ball a little more with Isaiah Thomas in Phoenix, which could be a bad thing. He's an early-middle round guy and we'll keep you posted on the details of his injury. Omri Casspi is starting tonight.
Oct 18 - 8:52 PM

DeMarcus Cousins has been dealing with some Achilles tendinitis, but he will play in Saturday's preseason game.

The fact that DeMarcus will be playing in a meaningless preseason game tells us this Achilles tendinitis will be a non-issue moving forward. Boogie was superb last season with the Kings, averaging career-highs across the board in points (22.7), rebounds (11.7), assists (2.9), and blocks (1.3). With zero competition for minutes, and him again set to be the focal point of the Kings' offense, Cousins makes for an excellent selection towards the end of the first round in standard leagues.
Oct 17 - 4:43 PM

DeMarcus Cousins sat out Wednesday's game due to "bilateral Achilles soreness," but the injury is not considered serious.

This was really just a maintenance day for Cousins before the Kings' long flight home from Beijing, where they played the Nets in a preseason exhibition. Achilles injuries are typically a red flag but unless another report emerges this shouldn't impact DMC's season outlook.
Oct 15 - 1:44 PM

Ben McLemore logged a game-high 44 minutes in Wednesday's exhibition, making 3-of-4 three-pointers to finish with 22 points, three rebounds and one steal.

McLemore made 7-of-13 FGs and 5-of-5 FTs, which is an encouraging sign considering he made just 37.6 percent of his shots as a rookie. He's likely to hold off Nik Stauskas for the SG job on opening night, but the looming position battle erodes McLemore's already shaky fantasy value.
Oct 15 - 1:41 PM

Rudy Gay filled up the stat sheet vs. Brooklyn on Wednesday with 21 points, one 3-pointer, five rebounds, five assists, three steals, one block and four turnovers in 32 minutes.

He was averaging just 9.0 points on 30.0 percent shooting in two preseason games before this gem, which is a timely reminder of his fantasy upside. He's entering a contract year and should have no trouble matching last year's numbers with the Kings -- 20.1 points, 0.8 threes, 5.5 rebounds, 3.1 assists, 1.2 steals and 0.6 blocks.
Oct 15 - 11:15 AM

Darren Collison scored 16 points in the first half of Wednesday's loss to the Nets, finishing 6-of-13 from the field with 18 points, four 3-pointers, three rebounds, six assists and one steal.

Collison racked up those numbers in only 18 minutes, adding another impressive preseason line despite coming off the bench behind starting PG Ramon Sessions (nine points in 24 minutes). Kings coach Mike Malone plans to use some three-guard lineups this year and Collison has enough upside to warrant a pick when the PG pool begins drying up in the late rounds.
Oct 15 - 11:15 AM

Carl Landry started Wednesday's exhibition in Beijing but only played five minutes in the Kings' overtime loss to the Nets.

Landry isn't big enough to defend Brook Lopez in the paint and he's not mobile enough to chase Mirza Teletovic off the 3-point line, so this was a dreadful matchup for him. That will be the case on plenty of nights this season, and his likely backup role is one of many reasons to avoid him.
Oct 15 - 11:14 AM

Ramon Sessions hit 7-of-12 shots, and three 3-pointers, on his way to 18 points, three rebounds, four assists, two turnovers, and one steal.

Sessions looked great in this one, and the 3-point shooting was nice. He lead the Kings in scoring and minutes, but that's not a trend that's likely to continue into the regular season, as DeMarcus Cousins played just 14 minutes in this one. Sessions may challenge Darren Collison for the starting point guard spot, but he'll enter the season as a reserve off the bench. Sessions upside is pretty minimal, and he doesn't look like someone that should be targeted in standard leagues.
Oct 12 - 9:33 AM


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