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Wed. Oct 22, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Casspi (back) participated in Wednesday's practice, The Sacramento Bee reports.
Impact: Casspi sat out Monday's game versus San Antonio, but could be able to return for Friday's preseason finale given his practice involvement Wednesday. Furthermore, Casspi's shooting ability could earn him significant playing time off the Kings' bench this season.
Wed. Oct 22, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Stauskas (shoulder) returned to practice Wednesday, The Sacramento Bee reports.
Impact: Stauskas missed Monday's preseason game versus the Spurs, but was back in action Wednesday, which bodes well for his involvement in the Kings' last preseason game Friday. At the moment, it's unclear whether Stauskas or last year's first-rounder Ben McLemore will start at shooting guard for the Kings, so the Canadian could make a final claim for the position if he's able to suit up Friday.
Mon. Oct 20, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Cousins (Achilles) returned to action Saturday against Maccabi Haifa.
Impact: Cousins returned to the court after missing Wednesday's exhibition game with soreness in his Achilles. The issue doesn't look to be anything serious and is likely a product of his extensive work with Team USA at the end of the summer. He was limited to 26 minutes Saturday, finishing with 15 points (4-11 FG, 7-12 FT), 12 rebounds, two blocks and a steal in addition to a game-high nine turnovers.
Mon. Oct 20, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Stauskas missed Monday's preseason tilt at San Antonio due to rotator cuff tendinitis in his left shoulder.
Impact: The Kings' starting shooting guard spot effectively remains unclaimed, and Stauskas has responded with 9.6 points (on 46 percent shooting), 1.4 rebounds, 1.4 threes, and one assists in 24.2 minutes per game. If the injury is a minor one, he'll have one more chance to fend off Ben McLemore for a spot in the starting five.
Mon. Oct 20, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Casspi missed Monday's preseason contest in San Antonio due to a stiff lower back.
Impact: Casspit has thrown his hat in the ring for work on the wing to begin the season. Through five exhibitions, he's recorded 9.4 points (on 39 percent shooting) and four rebounds in 20.6 minutes per game. However, he's knocked down just 2-for-12 from three-point range, which is well below his career clip (35 percent) from deep.
Mon. Oct 20, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Gay (ankle) will return to the starting five for Monday's preseason contest at San Antonio, the Sacramento Bee reports.
Impact: After injuring his left ankle in practice Friday, Gay was out of commission Saturday against Maccabi Haifa. However, the ailment isn't too severe, if he's already back in action. He'll man his normal spot at small forward.
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: 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.
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.