Player News - Kings

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Rudy Gay said that he will still be committed to the Kings if they don't trade him before the season starts.

"I've always been committed to the team; that's never been a problem with me," Gay said. "I've always been committed to the city, the team, [and] my teammates. I've never shutdown - I've never shutdown on my teammates. That'll never be a problem. I'm a professional, I've been professional." Gay recently met with GM Vlade Divac, and while he denied that he made a trade request, it still seems likely that he will be moved. For what it's worth, a trade would likely hurt his value.
Source: ABC10
Jul 29 - 10:12 AM

Rudy Gay has met with general manager Vlade Divac since his comments on Monday, according to Sean Cunningham of ABC10.

Gay commented on the lack of communication from the Kings, so credit goes to Divac for reaching out and getting a meeting. The 29-year-old forward denied that he made a trade request, but his comments suggest he's going to be traded. He'll be a risky fantasy pick in the middle rounds.
Jul 28 - 9:27 PM

Vlade Divac said that in his opinion DeMarcus Cousins is "the most dominant player in the whole world."

Cousins certainly is a force down-low, and last year he even expanded his game to beyond the arc, draining 1.1 triples per contest. Unfortunately his 3.8 turnovers per game detract from his value a bit in 9-cat leagues, but he'll be a first-round stud in both 8-cat and points formats next season after averaging 26.9 points, 11.5 boards, 3.3 assists, 1.6 steals and 1.4 blocks per game on 45.1 percent shooting this past season.
Jul 28 - 3:40 PM

Rudy Gay (Achilles) had shock wave treatment on his heel this summer.

He said he had micro tears in his Achilles, but this procedure made him feel better than he has in at least two years. Gay is also under the microscope right now for openly talking about the Kings' lack of communication and consistency. He'll be 30 next month and chances are a trade would really hurt his fantasy value, so he's going to be a risky fantasy target.
Jul 27 - 4:38 PM

General manager Vlade Divac said Rudy Gay has his phone number.

"He has my number," Divac said about Rudy Gay's comments. "If I do something, I will call him. Obviously, if I didn’t call him, we didn’t do anything." If you missed it, Gay said he's hasn't seen consistency from the Kings "at all" in an interview on Monday. He also said there is a lack of communication. Gay has a player option for next season, so he'll likely be an unrestricted free agent next summer. He's one of the most likely players to be traded.
Jul 27 - 3:23 PM

Rudy Gay stated during a recent interview that he underwent a minor procedure to correct an ongoing issue he’s had with Achilles tendinitis.

Gay had been dealing with Achilles tendinitis for the past two years, but he said after the surgery that he's feeling the best he has in two years and that he's "excited" for next season. Gay also expressed a lot of frustration regarding the Sacramento franchise, saying that at this point in his career he wants to play for an organization that demonstrates consistency, and that the Kings don't have that "at all." Gay also denied that he's formally asked for a trade, but it seems likely he'll be wearing a different jersey next season, as he's clearly no longer happy playing in Sacramento.
Jul 26 - 3:04 PM

DeMarcus Cousins does not feel that he gets the proper respect for his on-court performance.

Cousins averaged 26.9 points, 11.5 rebounds, 1.6 steals and 1.4 blocks on 45.1 percent shooting during the 2015-16 campaign, but he was not chosen for the All-NBA first team. "I don’t even know what an expert is any more," Cousins said. "I mean, I had some guys, didn’t even vote for me, and that’s absurd. It’s a joke. It really is. It’s a popularity contest. It’s the guys who like them, it’s the guys they like, the guys they get to see on a nightly basis. I still don’t feel I get the respect I deserve." It's hard to argue with Boogie's stance, but there's no questioning that his personality has rubbed some the wrong way.
Jul 25 - 9:52 AM

David Stockton has signed a three-year deal with Croatian team Cedevita Zagreb.

It's unclear if there is an NBA out clause in the deal, but the 25-year-old may not get another shot in the NBA for a long time.
Jul 23 - 9:06 AM

DeMarcus Cousins scored 14 points with 15 rebounds, one assist, two steals and one block against Argentina on Friday.

He looked awesome, especially under the boards. Cousins has been doing more yoga, which he announced after his "give me strength" tweet on NBA Draft night. The Kings are not looking to deal Cousins now and are hoping coach Dave Joerger will be the Boogie Whisperer.
Jul 22 - 11:25 PM

Arron Afflalo said he's never been more eager to prove his worth as a player.

"I can say this is probably the hungriest I’ve ever been in my life, just to prove myself as a player, not for selfish reasons, but just to show that I can really be a part of a team and help them go to the next level," Afflalo said. "Sacramento wasn’t too far from making the playoffs. That’s my goal, just to work hard and get these guys on the right train and get us into the playoffs." He signed a two-year, $25 million deal, so he's likely going to be the starting shooting guard on opening night. Regardless, he's a low-end asset at best after averaging 12.8 points, 3.7 boards, 2.0 assists and 1.3 triples last season.
Source: NBA.com
Jul 22 - 12:21 PM

James Anderson has officially signed with Darussafaka Dogus of Turkey.

Anderson's deal with Darussafaka is for two years and could signify the end of the 27-year-old's NBA career. After averaging just 3.5 points per game with the Kings last season, Anderson is now firmly off the fantasy radar.
Source: Sportando
Jul 21 - 10:09 AM

DeMarcus Cousins has lost weight by following a strict yoga routine this summer.

Cousins has spent the offseason dedicating himself to yoga, pilates, and weights in heated rooms as part of his training regime and has reportedly lost 20 pounds. "I feel great," Cousins said. "It’s just that feeling of your body detoxing every workout, so that’s one thing. I feel a lot lighter on my feet. Of course I’ve slimmed down. I’m a lot more flexible, a lot more mobile, so it’s all coming together for me." Cousins will again enter the season as the Kings go-to scorer and is poised for a big fantasy season if he's able to stay on the court.
Jul 21 - 9:43 AM

Coach Mike Krzyzewski said that DeMarcus Cousins has gotten himself in "unbelievable shape" for Team USA.

This is the third report we've had this offseason of Cousins' newly sculpted body, so it's clear that he's taking this offseason very seriously. Perhaps the weight loss will help him stay on the court, as foot issues limited Cousins to just 65 games last season. Cousins has a new coach in Dave Joerger, who is a big fan and has already said that DMC will be the team's go-to guy on offense, but the awkwardly constructed roster in Sacramento will likely lead to another playoff-less postseason.
Source: ABC 10
Jul 20 - 10:54 AM

Rudy Gay is still on the trade block, according to Marc Stein of ESPN.

The Kings have reportedly been receiving calls for Gay and it's starting to look like it would be a surprise to see him start the 2016-17 season with Sacramento. Gay's fantasy value is up in the air without knowing where he'll start the season, but he'd likely see a bit of a boost in value playing for a new team.
Jul 19 - 12:23 PM

DeMarcus Cousins said he didn't "really understand what's going on" with the Kings getting younger and bigger.

"I just control what I can control," Cousins added. Boogie has been under a microscope since he tweeted out "Lord give me strength" on the night of the draft, and later said it was about his hot sculpting class. Cousins is quite the character.
Jul 18 - 7:40 PM


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