Player News - Kings

Date: Team: Pos:

De’Aaron Fox (right quad contusion) is considered day-to-day.

The day-to-day news is positive for the rookie after suffering an injury on Thursday. Quad contusions have been one of the trickier injuries in the last 12 months with some guys missing months while others are ready to go for the next one. Fox was in visible pain in the loss to the Wolves, so for now he should be considered questionable to play against the Raptors on Sunday. If he's out, Frank Mason III figures to get a nice bump in playing time and he's worth an add in deeper leagues until Fox gets the all clear. Bogdan Bogdanovic also benefits.
Dec 15 - 2:59 PM

Willie Cauley-Stein played 20 minutes and hit 3-of-10 shots for nine points, three rebounds, two assists and a block on Thursday.

Kosta Koufos played 19 minutes off the bench tonight and was better, hitting 5-of-8 shots for 11 points, eight boards and two assists tonight. However, WCS is the center you want to hold in Sacramento, as he works his way back from a back injury, despite the fact he got destroyed by Karl-Anthony Towns tonight.
Dec 14 - 11:04 PM

George Hill hit 5-of-9 shots and four 3-pointers for 16 points, two rebounds and three assists in 30 minutes of Thursday's 119-96 loss to the Timberwolves.

Hill had 18 points, seven rebounds, three assists and two 3-pointers on Tuesday, meaning he's heating up, while De'Aaron Fox went down with a quad injury tonight. That should clear more minutes for Hill if Fox is going to miss games, making Hill a tasty pickup if he was dropped in your league.
Dec 14 - 11:00 PM

Justin Jackson and Willie Cauley Stein started the second half of Thursday's game vs. the Wolves.

De'Aaron Fox (quad) won't return, while Skal Labissiere is just getting benched for poor play. Pretty much everyone in Sacramento has a short leash, and the rotations are an absolute mess right now. WCS is worth holding onto regardless of where he starts the game, but there's no reason to pick up Jackson in most leagues.
Dec 14 - 9:24 PM

De'Aaron Fox will not return to Thursday's game vs. the Wolves due to a left quad contusion.

He was in a lot of discomfort on the sidelines and was getting stretched out by the trainers. He'll finish with two points and two assists in seven minutes. Frank Mason will pick up some extra minutes tonight and could have some nice short-term value if Fox misses additional time. George Hill would also see a nice bump in usage, but he's been hit-or-miss this season.
Dec 14 - 8:50 PM

Kings head coach Dave Joerger said he wants George Hill to be more assertive in the offense.

"We want him to keep looking for his shot, we need him to be a playmaker," said Joerger. "Obviously, he’s a mentor, he’s been great for our guys. When he’s aggressive and looking for his shot I think that’s good for us. Too many times we all think he’s just a spot shooter. He’s a pretty good player in pick-and-roll and can make plays." Hill had a nice 18-point game with a full stat line on Tuesday, so he might be worth scooping up if he was recently cut in your league.
Dec 13 - 11:44 AM

Willie Cauley-Stein returned from a three-game absence due to a sore back and hit 5-of-12 shots and 3-of-7 free throws for 13 points, six rebounds and two assists in 30 minutes of Tuesday's win over the Suns.

If WCS was dropped in your league and you need a big man, you might want to head to your league's site and pick him up right now. He was starting to come on before the injury and he looked good tonight, despite picking up four fouls.
Dec 13 - 12:50 AM

George Hill returned from his one-game personal leave and blew up for 18 points, seven rebounds, three assists, three steals and two 3-pointers on 6-of-9 shooting in 28 minutes.

Hill's been up and down like a yo-yo this season and was probably dropped by a lot of owners after his Sunday hiatus, and while tonight's line wasn't a season high, it was pretty close, and one of his best games of the season. We have no idea if Hill will build off this game and start producing like this regularly, but he's worth picking up to find out. Just keep in mind that De'Aaron Fox is the future and it wouldn't make much sense for the Kings to keep focusing on Hill as the season continues to slip away.
Dec 13 - 12:47 AM

Zach Randolph hit 7-of-14 shots for 17 points, seven rebounds, five assists and a steal in 28 minutes in Tuesday's win over the Suns.

Z-Bo came on late and helped the Kings win, and is averaging 22.2 points, 9.6 rebounds, 3.2 assists, 1.2 steals and 1.6 3-pointers on 59 percent shooting over his last five games. Willie Cauley-Stein and Skal Labissiere are back for the Kings, but Randolph is still rolling. Make sure he's not available in your league.
Dec 13 - 12:40 AM

Willie Cauley-Stein (back) has been upgraded to probable for Tuesday's game vs. Phoenix.

Probable in Sacramento means a player is playing, so Cauley-Stein will be returning after a three-game absence. He had been playing well, averaging 14.5 points and 7.1 rebounds over an eight-game stretch before his injury. WCS's return means fewer minutes available for Skal Labissiere, Kosta Koufos and JaKarr Sampson.
Dec 12 - 5:50 PM

JaKarr Sampson has been sent down for a G-League stint.

Sampson was able to see an increased role in the rotation while Willie Cauley-Stein (back) was on the sidelines, but with WCS expected to get back to the court on Tuesday, it would have been tough for Joerger to find minutes for Sampson. He belongs on the waiver wire in all leagues.
Dec 11 - 7:02 PM

George Hill (personal) was a full participant during Monday's practice.

Hill missed Sunday's game against the Raptors for personal reasons, but he should be good to go for Tuesday's game against the Suns. That said, Hill hasn't been worth owning this year as he's locked into a value-killing timeshare situation in Sacramento, and his minutes will likely continue to decline as we get further into the season.
Dec 11 - 5:54 PM

Willie Cauley-Stein (back) got in a full practice on Monday and will be a game-time call for Tuesday's matchup with the Suns.

Head coach Dave Joerger said that WCS "looked good" and even hit the floor a few times during Monday's practice without issue, so it sounds like he'll play on Tuesday night, but we likely won't get official confirmation until just prior to tip-off. With Cauley-Stein back in action, there will be less minutes available for Skal Labissiere and JaKarr Sampson.
Dec 11 - 5:51 PM

Zach Randolph led the Kings again on Sunday with 19 points, 11 rebounds, one assist, one steal and one 3-pointer, but it wasn't enough to beat the visiting Raptors.

Z-Bo went 9-of-11 from the field and he's loving life as an unquestioned go-to scorer. Willie Cauley-Stein has missed three straight games with a strained lower back and we've yet to hear about him ramping up his activity, but even before his exit Z-Bo was on fire. Expect him to light up the Suns on Tuesday.
Dec 10 - 6:58 PM

De'Aaron Fox struggled vs. Toronto on Sunday, committing seven turnovers while scoring six points (3-of-8 FGs, 0-of-2 FTs) with two assists, two steals and one rebound.

George Hill was out tonight for personal reasons, but that did nothing to boost Fox's minutes or production -- he made a series of ugly turnovers in the first half, and committed four fouls in 23 minutes. The Kings are letting him learn on the fly, and unlike other young guys he's not going to the G League, so at least his role is safe going forward.
Dec 10 - 6:58 PM


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