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Oct 19, 2014 | RotoWire
News: McLemore got his 2015-16 contract option picked up by the Kings on Sunday, James Ham of Cowbell Kingdom reports.
Impact: McLemore is poised to start at shooting guard for the Kings this season and picking up his contract shows that they believe he'll be an integral part of their rotation moving forward. During his rookie season, the 21-year-old averaged 8.8 points and 2.9 rebounds on 26.7 minutes per game.
Sun. Oct 19, 2014 | STATS
News: The Sacramento Kings have picked up the 2015-16 option on guard Ben McLemore's contract. General manager Pete D'Alessandro announced the move Sunday.
Impact: McLemore averaged 8.8 points and 2.9 rebounds in 26.7 minutes last season as a rookie. McLemore was picked seventh overall by Sacramento in the 2013 draft.
Oct 19, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Bhullar, who was waived by the Kings on Friday, will play for the Reno Bighorns of the D-League this season, James Ham of Cowbell Kingdom reports.
Impact: Bhullar comes in at an astounding 7-5, so there's an obvious advantage at giving the rookie from New Mexico State an opportunity at any level. Considering that he spent training camp with the Kings, he'll have an outside shot at getting called up at some point during the 2014-15 season by an NBA team in need of frontcourt depth.
Oct 19, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Landry has been able to practice everyday without soreness in his knee, James Bell of Cowbell Kingdom reports.
Impact: Landry tore the meniscus in his right knee last February and was limited to just 18 games in the 2013-14 season. It seems that physically he is very close to 100 percent, but coach Michael Malone has noted that the 31-year-old still hasn't surpassed some of the mental barriers that also need to be dealt with after returning from major injury. Looking ahead, Landry will split time backing up Jason Thompson with Derrick Williams and Reggie Williams.
Oct 19, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Burton was waived by the Kings on Saturday, The Sacramento Bee reports.
Impact: Burton was given an opportunity as an undrafted free agent from Nevada, but he ultimately didn't show the Kings enough to allow him to stick around. He will likely be out of the mix in terms of fantasy this season but will try to improve his game by competing in the D-League or internationally.
Oct 19, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Bhullar was waived by the Kings on Saturday, The Sacramento Bee reports.
Impact: Bhullar was a long shot to make the Kings' roster as it were, so this news isn't all that surprising. Considering that he comes in at a staggering 7-5, there might be teams that give him an opportunity in the future, but he won't likely factor into fantasy this season.
Sat. Oct 18, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Gay, who will not play in Saturday's preseason game against Maccabi Haifa, suffered his left ankle injury during Friday's practice, NBA.com's James Ham reports.
Impact: Coach Michael Malone confirmed the injury, saying that Gay "is a little beat up." Omri Casspi will start Saturday against a team from his native Israel, but the Kings don't expect to be without Gay for long. He is not wearing a boot on his ankle or walking with a limp.
Sat. Oct 18, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Gay will not play in Saturday's preseason game against Maccabi Haifa due to a left ankle injury, the Sacramento Bee's Jason Jones reports.
Impact: This is the first we're hearing of this injury, so there is a good chance this is just precautionary rest for the veteran with the start of the regular season approaching. Omri Casspi will start in Gay's place.
Fri. Oct 17, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Cousins (Achilles) is expected to play in Saturday's exhibition game, James Ham of Cowbell Kingdom reports.
Impact: Cousins has been dealing with tendinitis in his Achilles but it apparently isn't hampering him enough to sit out Saturday. A large workload for Team USA during the offseason may have caused Cousins some fatigue, so he may ultimately be on a rehab schedule with the rest of the preseason. With that in mind, Cousins has until Oct. 29 to figure out the right balance between rest and reps before the Kings start their regular season against the Warriors.
Wed. Oct 15, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Collison came off the bench behind Ramon Sessions on Wednesday, scoring 18 points (6-12 FG, 4-6 3P, 2-4 FT) with six assists and three rebounds in 25 minutes.
Impact: He badly outplayed Sessions on Wednesday, and if that disparity continues through the preseason it's hard to imagine Collison coming off the bench once the regular season tips off.
Wed. Oct 15, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Sessions got the start at point guard on Wednesday, scoring nine points (2-5 FG, 1-1 3P, 4-4 FT) with two assists in 22 minutes.
Impact: Darren Collison again came off the bench behind Sessions but had a much better night and saw a little more court time, so it's still an open question if Sessions will be getting the starting nod once the regular season tips off.
Wed. Oct 15, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Gay scored 21 points (9-18 FG, 1-6 3P, 2-2 FT) with seven rebounds, five assists, two steals and a block in 32 minutes during Wednesday's preseason OT loss to the Nets.
Impact: The solid field goal shooting is especially encouraging, as the 48% Gay posted after coming to the Kings from Toronto last December would have been a career best if he'd done it over a full season. Gay will always provide plenty of counting stats, but his fantasy value this year could get a big bump if he's finally become a more efficient scorer as well.
Wed. Oct 15, 2014 | RotoWire
News: McLemore scored 22 points (7-13 FG, 3-4 3P, 5-5 FT) with three rebounds in 40 minutes during the Kings' preseason OT loss to the Nets.
Impact: The sophomore had a great night from the floor, and outplayed Nik Stauskas in the latest battle of the young Kings' shooting guards. McLemore seems ready to take on a bigger role in the Sacramento offense this season.
Wed. Oct 15, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Cousins sat out Wednesday's preseason game against the Nets with bilateral soreness in his Achilles, the Kings' official site reports.
Impact: Cousins has been reported to be experiencing some level of burnout as a result of playing with Team USA this summer and transitioning almost seamlessly into training camp without many days for rest. With that in mind, getting Cousins rest during the preseason may be more important than getting him the reps that he already had with Team USA. We're not devaluing Cousins based on his extra work load this summer at this time, but we're keeping a close on stories of his health in case something more concrete is revealed. The Kings' next preseason game is back stateside Saturday against Maccabi Haifa.
Mon. Oct 13, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Landry scored two points (0-2 FG, 2-2 FT) with zero rebounds in six minutes Sunday.
Impact: Landry had his playing time largely cut against the Nets on Sunday after playing well in his first two preseason games in which he averaged 7 points, 6.5 rebounds, and 17.5 minutes. The question is why the sudden drop in minutes? What we still don't know is whether this is due to his injury (knee) problems over the past year, and coach Mike Malone doesn't think he is ready yet, or if the 31-year-old Landry just doesn't have the same abilities he had when he was in his 20's. If Landry can get fully healthy, play with the same rebounding and scoring abilities, and can be provided some valuable minutes off the bench, he could be a guy to look for in the later rounds. The problem is that is a big IF but will likely be resolved by the end of preseason play.
Tue. Oct 7, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Stauskas will start at shooting guard for the Kings in Tuesday's preseason game, Cowbell Kingdom's James Ham reports.
Impact: He came off the bench in the Kings' preseason opener, but he had 12 points in 26 minutes, and ended up playing four more minutes than Ben McLemore. While there's not a clear starter at the two to open the season in Sacramento, McLemore's track record of mediocrity makes Stauskas a more worthwhile gamble at the end of drafts.
Tue. Oct 7, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Sessions will start at point guard for the Kings in Tuesday's preseason game, Cowbell Kingdom's James Ham reports.
Impact: This may not mean much, as it seems like Darren Collison would be the more obvious option to start the season at point guard, but we may have a training camp position battle on our hands.
Mon. Oct 6, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Stauskas had 12 points (4-8 FG, 2-2 FT) and two three-pointers made in 26 minutes coming off the bench for the Kings during their 99-94 loss to the Raptors on Sunday.
Impact: Stauskas, the Canadian native, made two of his five three-point attempts as a crowd favorite Sunday. The Kings drafted Stauskas this offseason to improve team three-point shooting, an area both the Kings and Ben McLemore struggled mightily in last season. Stauskas will be competing against Ben McLemore for the starting shooting guard position this preseason. McLemore started Sunday and has the upper hand at this point due to his extra year of NBA experience, but Stauskas did end up with 26 minutes played compared to McLemore's 22 minutes.  
Mon. Oct 6, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Thompson had seven points (2-4 FG, 3-4 FT) and seven rebounds to go along with five turnovers in 21 minutes as the starter at power forward for the Kings in their loss to the Raptors on Sunday.
Impact: While Thompson was named the starter of the preseason game Sunday, it is too hard to tell if he'll keep the starting job going forward. Thompson was said to be having a great training camp, but Reggie Evans, Derrick Williams, and Carl Landry all played 21, 15, and 21 minutes coming off the bench Sunday. What this likely means is coach Mike Malone liked the improvement of Thompson this offseason and sees him as the best option right now, but the competition for the regular season starting role is still wide open. While nobody stood out with a great performance, two important things to note are Reggie Evans lead the team with 13 rebounds and Thompson lead with five turnovers. Thompson didn't attempt any three-pointers despite the fact that he worked on it this offseason.