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Thu. Oct 30, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Williams is considered probable to play in Friday's game against the Blazers due to a right knee contusion.
Impact: Williams played 13 minutes in Wednesday's season opener, scoring two points (1-4 FG, 0-2 3Pt) to go with two rebounds versus the Warriors. While he's likely to play Friday, it's unclear if Williams' knee issue will limit his involvement.
Thu. Oct 30, 2014 | RotoWire
News: McLemore (face) started Wednesday, but was held scoreless (0-5 FG) with two rebounds, and one assist in 26 minutes.
Impact: The athletic shooting guard got off to a rough start to the season, as he did not contribute much statistically in 26 minutes. McLemore struggled offensively last season, so hopefully this performance is not a sign of what this season will be like for the second year player. It's possible that the stitches he got for his cut above his eye are still bothering him, but he should continue to play through the injury.
Thu. Oct 30, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Gay (jaw) scored 14 points (5-15 FG, 4-5 FT, 0-2 3Pt) with nine rebounds, one steal, and one block, in 34 minutes Wednesday.
Impact: Gay suffered a jaw injury in the preseason, however the injury did not appear to limit the talented wing, as he started and played 34 minutes. He will continue to be one of the team's top scoring options and lead the team in shots.
Thu. Oct 30, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Casspi (back) scored 4 points (1-3 FG, 2-2 FT, 0-1 3Pt) with two rebounds and one assist in 15 minutes Wednesday.
Impact: Casspi looks to be over the back injury that hampered him in the preseason, and was able to give his team 15 minutes off the bench. As long as Rudy Gay remain healthy, Casspi will likely remain on the bench too long for him to have fantasy value in standard leagues.
Wed. Oct 29, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Gay is ready to go for Wednesday's opener against the Warriors, KXTV in Sacramento reports.
Impact: Gay suffered a jaw injury in the preseason, but he did not fracture it. He's ready to go as a starter for the Kings now.
Sat. Oct 25, 2014 | STATS
News: Sacramento Kings forward Rudy Gay and guard Ben McLemore have been cleared to play in the team's season opener this week.
Impact: The team said McLemore received five stitches above his right eye following a collision with the Lakers' Wayne Ellington in the game in Las Vegas. McLemore also passed a concussion test.
Sat. Oct 25, 2014 | STATS
News: Sacramento Kings forward Rudy Gay and guard Ben McLemore have been cleared to play in the team's season opener this week.
Impact: The Kings said Saturday that a CT scan on Gay's jaw showed no fracture. He was injured in the second quarter of Sacramento's 93-92 win over the Los Angeles Lakers in Friday night's preseason finale.
Sat. Oct 25, 2014 | RotoWire
News: McLemore received five stitches above his right eye and passed a precautionary concussion assessment test after bumping heads with the Lakers' Wayne Ellington on Friday, Yahoo Sports reports.
Impact: McLemore's status for Wednesday's season opener is uncertain.
Sat. Oct 25, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Gay underwent X-rays on his jaw Saturday, which were returned negative, NBA.com reports.
Impact: Gay was knocked out late in the first half of Friday's preseason game against the Lakers after being caught with an elbow from rookie Julius Randle. Fortunately, he was cleared of any fracture to the jaw, and the expectation is that he should be fine to play in Wednesday's opener against Golden State.
Sat. Oct 25, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Casspi did not play in Friday's final preseason game against the Lakers, although he was available off the bench and not limited because of his recent back injury.
Impact: Casspi's back injury was minor in nature and won't likely hold him back when the Kings start their regular season against the Warriors on Wednesday. Most important to keep in mind when considering Casspi as an option is that he's currently behind Rudy Gay and Derrick Williams in the pecking order. That poses major problems for his viability this season unless the injury bug hits Sacramento.
Fri. Oct 24, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Gay's jaw injury is not believed to be serious, according to coach Michael Malone, the Sacramento Bee reports.
Impact: X-rays have been scheduled for when the Kings return home, but it seems Malone is confident nothing significant will be found. Gay was struck in the jaw by an elbow from the Lakers' Julius Randle on Friday night.
Fri. Oct 24, 2014 | RotoWire
News: McLemore left Friday's preseason game late after bumping heads with the Lakers' Wayne Ellington, the Sacramento Bee reports.
Impact: The collision left McLemore with a cut above his right eye, and he had to be help off the floor by a trainer. It's certainly not how the Kings wanted to end the preseason -- Rudy Gay also left after being hit in the jaw -- as McLemore will need stitches to close the laceration. His status for Wednesday's season opener is up in the air.
Fri. Oct 24, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Gay will undergo X-rays on his jaw after taking a shot from the Lakers' Julius Randle during Friday's game, the Sacramento Bee reports.
Impact: Gay suffered the injury in the final minute of the first half and was quickly ruled out for the remainder of the game. The Kings have scheduled X-rays to gauge the extent of the issue, and until the results are released, Gay's status for next Wednesday's regular season opener will remain uncertain. He chipped in eight points and two rebounds in 15 minutes prior to exiting Friday.
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.