Sacramento Kings Player News: All Positions

News: Giles (thigh) has been ruled out of Sunday's game against the Lakers.
Impact: Giles also missed Saturday's game with a bruised left thigh, so it's not overly shocking that he'll be held out on the back-to-back. Consider the rookie day-to-day heading into Tuesday's game in Dallas.
News: Bjelica put up 13 points (5-10 FG, 2-5 3Pt, 1-2 FT), 17 rebounds, five assists, a steal and a blocked shot across 36 minutes in Saturday's 112-103 win over the Suns.
Impact: Saturday's game was by far Bjelica's best effort since regaining a starting role for the Kings two weeks ago. Even as a starter, Bjelica's minutes and totals are often eclipsed by Marvin Bagley's effort off the bench, but the 30-year old big man got hot early and stayed on the court. Bagley's presence compromises his fantasy value and makes him a risky frontcourt play.
News: Bagley registered 16 points (5-13 FG, 0-1 3Pt, 6-7 FT), 11 rebounds, two steals and an assist across 29 minutes in Saturday's 112-103 win over the Suns.
Impact: The rookie put together a respectable stat line off the bench on a night where Nemjana Bjelica got on a roll and minimized his participation. His plus-minus of +19 was an indicator of his positive contribution on Saturday. While their playoff hopes are slim currently, Bagley will continue to be a solid contributor for the remainder of the season as the future cornerstone of the franchise.
News: Barnes turned in 25 points (10-17 FG, 5-8 3Pt) six rebounds and two assists across 35 minutes in Saturday's 112-103 win over the Suns.
Impact: Barnes' 17 shot attempts led the team and joined Buddy Hield as the leading scorer on the night for the Kings, who are still clinging onto slim hopes for post-season play. Barnes should figure to be a crucial component in the final push, as his stat line tonight brought his streak of double-digit scoring games to 12 in a row.
News: Hield totaled 25 points (9-20 FG, 7-14 3Pt), seven rebounds, two assists and a steal across 36 minutes in Saturday's 112-103 win over the Suns.
Impact: With seven threes on the night, Hield broke the franchise record by netting a total of 245 3-pointers, breaking the original milestone of 240 held by Peja Stojakovic. Heild should pad that total in the final weeks as they try to stay playoff-relevant.
News: Giles (thigh) has been ruled out for Saturday's matchup with the Suns, Sean Cunningham of ABC10 Sacramento reports.
Impact: Giles was a game-time decision after exiting Thursday's win over the Mavericks due to a thigh contusion. Saturday's game against the Suns is the first of a back-to-back set, so there is a chance Giles is ready to return for Sunday's tilt against the Lakers. In his absence, look for Marvin Bagley to see increased action.
News: Demps was assigned to the Kings G-League affiliate ahead of Saturday's tilt with the Suns, Sean Cunningham of ABC 10 Sacramento reports.
Impact: Demps, who signed a 10-day deal with the Kings Friday, returned to the G-League affiliate Saturday. THe rationale for the move is unclear, however it seems likely that the Kings will recall Demps either ahead of Sunday's game against the Lakers or before Tuesday's game against the Mavericks as they'll want to get a sense of what he has to offer before his contract expires.
News: Giles (thigh) is listed as questionable for Saturday's game against Phoenix, Sean Cunningham of ABC 10 Sacramento reports.
Impact: The severity of Giles' injury, which was first sustained Thursday, is unclear, but it seems likely that he'll be a game-time decision Saturday. If he's unable to go, look for Marvin Bagley to see an uptick in minutes.
News: Giles left int he second quarter of Thursday's game with a left thigh contusion and did not return, Jason Anderson of the Sacramento Bee reports.
Impact: Giles played just eight minutes and failed to score before exiting the game, and it remains unclear how serious the big man's injury is. He should be considered questionable for Saturday's game against the Suns.
News: Cauley-Stein amassed 10 points (5-8 FG, 0-1 FT), 18 rebounds, three assists, and two steals in 32 minutes during Thursday's 116-100 victory over Dallas.
Impact: Cauley-Stein hauled in a season-high 18 rebounds Thursday, capitalizing on an increased role. Harry Giles (thigh) left the game early and was not able to return which meant Cauley-Stein saw his highest amount of playing time in almost a month. If Giles misses any time, Cauley-Stein will likely find himself in a larger role, putting him back on the list as a potential must-roster player.
News: Bagley ended with 22 points (8-16 FG, 3-5 3Pt, 3-5 FT), 12 rebounds, and four blocks in 28 minutes during Thursday's 116-100 victory over the Mavericks.
Impact: Bagley was excellent again Thursday, finishing with his first double-double since returning from injury. The four blocked shots were also his highest since recording five back in October. Harry Giles (thigh) suffered an injury early Thursday and was not able to return. First indications are that it is not too serious but the Kings are going to be very careful here. If he is forced to miss time, Bagley could find himself in an even bigger role moving forward. He is a clear must-roster player in every single format.
News: Hield had 29 points (10-21 FG, 7-13 3Pt, 2-2 FT), four assists, two rebounds, and two steals in 35 minutes during Thursday's 116-100 victory over the Mavericks.
Impact: Hield led all scorers with 29 points Thursday including an impressive 7-of-13 from the three-point line. It was the first time Hield has exceeded 20 points in four games and came at a great time for his owners. Over that four-game period, he has salvaged his value by increasing his steal rate. He has a combined nine steals in that time and should he be able to maintain that as well as his scoring, Hield could be in for a big finish to the season.
News: Bjelica compiled 14 points (6-11 FG, 1-2 3Pt, 1-2 FT), 10 rebounds, three assists, and one steal in 28 minutes during Tuesday's 123-121 loss to the Nets.
Impact: Bjelica bucked the recent trend by playing 28 minutes Tuesday, finishing with 14 points and 10 rebounds. He had been trending down prior to Tuesday and this performance was certainly not expected. Both teams went small which factored into the increased playing time and owners should not get too excited about his outlook.
News: Bagley ended with 28 points (12-15 FG, 2-2 3Pt, 2-2 FT), seven rebounds, and two assists in 29 minutes during Tuesday's 123-121 loss to Brooklyn.
Impact: Bagley continues to improve with each game and has looked great since returning from his most recent knee injury. His playing time has increased across all four games since returning, and his production has followed suit. A few more defensive stats would be nice but hopefully, they will come as he gets his legs underneath him. The Kings are likely to go with the youth movement down the stretch meaning Bagley should receive plenty of court time, barring any injuries.
News: Fox finished with 27 points (10-20 FG, 2-5 3Pt, 5-7 FT), nine assists, four rebounds, and one steal in 35 minutes during Tuesday's 123-121 loss to the Nets.
Impact: Fox was dominant in the first half Tuesday, ending the game with 27 points and nine assists. After establishing a 28 point lead, the Kings faltered late to allow the Nets to leave with a two-point victory. Fox has been one of the more surprising fantasy players this season and is sure to be drafted a lot higher heading into next year. The Kings are out of the playoff race but should continue to play their young guys moving forward.
News: Bjelica had just eight points, five rebounds, and two assists in 18 minutes during Sunday's 129-102 victory over the Bulls.
Impact: Bjelica remained in the starting lineup Sunday but had just eight points in 18 minutes. He has been trending up with Marvin Bagley on the sidelines but has predictably regressed over the past three games. Bagley will remain on a minutes cap for at least a couple more games, however, there is no reason to hold onto Bjelica and streaming his spot makes much more sense.
News: Giles ended with 16 points (8-14 FG), six rebounds, three assists, three blocks, and one steal in 21 minutes during Sunday's 129-102 victory over Chicago.
Impact: Giles scored an efficient 16 points Sunday, seeing a slightly increased role due to the blowout nature of the scoreline. Giles has flashed his upside this season and there is a chance he eventually usurps Willie Cauley-Stein in the starting lineup. Until then, however, he remains more of a streaming option in standard formats if you are looking for cheap big man stats.
News: Bagley finished with 21 points (9-14 FG, 0-2 3Pt, 3-3 FT), nine rebounds, two assists, and one block in 21 minutes during Sunday's 129-102 victory over the Bulls.
Impact: Bagley led all scorers with 21 points in 21 minutes Sunday, helping the Kings to a comfortable 27-point victory over the Bulls. Basically all the Kings players saw limited playing time with the game well and truly in their control early. Bagley is still on a minutes restriction after returning from his second knee injury of the season. He will likely increase over the next few games which could coincide nicely for those who are entering the fantasy playoffs.
News: Bagley will continue to be on a minutes-restriction for the next few games, James Ham of NBC Sports Bay Area reports.
Impact: Bagley is two games back from a five-game absence, and he's seen 19 and 20 minutes in those two games back. The minute's restriction is likely to increase, however it wasn't announced what it will be or how long the restriction will last.
News: Cauley-Stein totaled 13 points (6-7 FG, 1-2 FT), seven rebounds and two assists over 33 minutes in the Kings' loss to the 76ers on Friday.
Impact: Cauley-Stein was at it again on Friday, providing his usual allotment of points, rebounds and assists. Although he's been rather unspectacular with limited upside, Cauley-Stein is a consistent fantasy option with a high floor. His night-to-night performances rarely deviate far from his season averages.
News: Hield totaled 14 points (4-18 FG, 2-8 3Pt, 4-4 FT), five rebounds and a steal over 31 minutes in the Kings' loss to the 76ers on Friday.
Impact: Hield came back to earth after popping off for 34 points last night, and his 14 points were his fewest since Jan. 21. Chalk it up to a bad shooting night for Hield who has otherwise been a valuable contributor on offense for the Kings this season. The third-year former lottery pick from Oklahoma has made a huge leap in his third season, averaging career highs in points (21.1), rebounds (5.2) and assists (2.4) which shatter his previous career marks.
News: Fox finished with 16 points (4-9 FG, 1-1 3Pt, 7-8 FT), six assists, two rebounds and a block over 29 minutes in the Kings' loss to the 76ers on Friday.
Impact: Fox has been hot in the month of March, averaging 19.3 points, 7.8 assists, 4.5 rebounds and 1.8 steals in six games. Much improved from his rookie season to this season, Fox has an incredibly high ceiling and has yet to tap into his full potential as he inches toward becoming a 20 point-10 assist player.
News: Barnes totaled 16 points (6-11 FG, 4-6 3Pt, 0-2 FT), six rebounds and three assists over 33 minutes in the Kings' loss to the 76ers on Friday.
Impact: Barnes led the Kings in scoring on a night where no one could get into any kind of rhythm offensively. The former Warrior and Maverick has provided a nice scoring punch for the starting unit and some fairly lucrative fantasy value for owners. Over his last five games, Barnes averaged 18.4 points, 7.0 rebounds, 1.8 assists and 1.0 steals.
News: Bagley scored 14 points (5-9 FG, 1-2 3Pt, 3-4 FT) and added six rebounds in 19 minutes during Thursday's loss to the Celtics.
Impact: Bagley (knee) came back from a five-game absence and returned to his scoring ways, topping double-figures for the sixth time in seven games. Prior to his injury, Bagley had three double-doubles in his past four contest and if he can return to his pre-injury workload, he's a good bet to produce similar figures until the end of the season.
News: Fox contributed 19 points (7-15 FG, 1-4 3Pt, 4-8 FT), nine assists, seven rebounds and three steals in 37 minutes during Thursday's loss to Boston.
Impact: Fox provided solid point-guard play once again for the Kings. The second-year guard's scored in double-figures in each of his past 13 games and is averaging 7.2 assists per game on the season, making him one of the best plays at point guard in fantasy going forward.
News: Barnes accounted for 20 points (7-12 FG, 3-6 3Pt, 3-4 FT), five rebounds, four assists and a steal across 35 minutes Thursday against Boston.
Impact: Barnes continued his steady contributions to Sacramento's playoff push, topping 20 points for the third time in the past five games. The veteran forward's a good floor-spacing presence, but does little besides scoring the ball. In his tenure with the Kings, Barnes is averaging 13.7 points, 7.0 rebounds and 2.0 assists in 36.2 minutes.
News: Hield amassed 34 points (14-24 FG, 6-10 3Pt), seven assists and four rebounds across 35 minutes during Thursday's loss to Boston.
Impact: Hield had his third-best scoring output on the season, hitting six-plus threes for the first time since February 2nd. The third-year pro has come into his own in Sacramento, translating his starting role into career-bests across the board. Through 66 games, Hield's scored 20.9 points and added 5.2 rebounds, 3.3 threes and 2.4 assists in 32.1 minutes per contest.
News: Bjelica will start at power forward Thursday against Boston, Jason Anderson of The Sacramento Bee reports.
Impact: Bjelica has come off the bench in each of his previous five contest, but he'll draw the start Thursday with Harrison Barnes shifting to small forward and Bogdan Bogdanovic set to come off the bench. Bjelica is averaging 9.8 points, 4.5 rebounds and 1.6 assists in his last five starts.
News: Bogdanovic will come off the bench for Thursday's game against Boston, Jason Anderson of The Sacramento Bee reports.
Impact: The Kings are making some minor tweaks to their starting five, as Harrison Barnes will shift to small forward and Nemanja Bjelica is slated to start at power forward. Bogdanovic is averaging 11.2 points, 3.8 rebounds and 3.0 assists over his previous five starts but will aim to provide a spark off the bench for Sacramento on Thursday evening.
News: Bagley (knee) will play Thursday against the Celtics, James Ham of NBC Sports Bay Area reports.
Impact: A sprained left knee has kept the rookie out since March 1, which has prompted Nemanja Bjelica to re-enter the rotation. However, with Bagley back, Bjelica's role will likely fall by the wayside again. Since January, Bagley is averaging 15.3 points, 8.5 rebounds, 1.1 assists and 1.0 block across 26.9 minutes, and he's looked significantly improved since the beginning of the year. There's a chance he'll be on a minutes limit Thursday.
News: Bagley (knee) is listed as questionable for Thursday's game against the Celtics.
Impact: Bagley has missed five straight games while nursing a sprained left knee, but this is the first time the rookie has appeared on the injury report as anything other than out. It appears Bagley, who recently returned to participating in basketball activities, could be close to making a return, and the Kings should have more on his status by Thursday afternoon.
News: Cauley-Stein totaled 10 points (5-9 FG, 0-2 FT), eight rebounds, two assists, one steal and a block over 26 minutes in the Kings' loss to the Wizards on Monday.
Impact: Cauley-Stein had a typical performance, reminiscent of his season averages in points (12.4), rebounds (8.4) and assists (2.5). While the rebounds and assists are both career highs, Cauley-Stein hasn't developed into the high-caliber center he was drafted to be in 2015.
News: Barnes finished with 15 points (6-12 FG, 1-5 3Pt, 2-2 FT), four rebounds, three assists and a steal over 35 minutes in the Kings' loss to the Wizards on Monday.
Impact: Barnes had a productive showing in Monday's loss, contributing across the board statistically. Since arriving in Sacramento, he's averaged 13.5 points, 7.3 rebounds, 1.9 assists and 1.1 steals over 36.3 minutes in 11 games.
News: Bjelica finished with 15 points (5-10 FG, 3-5 3Pt, 2-2 FT), 12 rebounds, three assists and a steal over 36 minutes in the Kings' loss to the Wizards on Monday.
Impact: Bjelica had a strong double-double in Monday's loss, shooting better than 50.0 percent from the field and from three in the process. Although he's fallen out of the starting lineup, he's played 29.8 minutes per game over his last four contests and produced a double-double in each of his last two, showing that he can still be productive in a complementary role.
News: Fox finished with 23 points (8-16 FG, 2-3 3Pt, 5-8 FT), eight assists, four rebounds and two steals over 38 minutes in the Kings' loss to the Wizards on Monday.
Impact: Fox poured in 23 points to go with his quality stat line, despite falling to the Wizards on Monday. Fox has stepped up his game in his sophomore season with the surprisingly competent Kings, averaging 17.4 points and 7.2 assists on a very efficient 46.2 percent shooting from the floor and 37.0 percent shooting from three.
News: Bagley (knee) is listed as out for Monday's game against the Wizards, Sean Cunningham of ABC 10 Sacramento reports.
Impact: Bagley, who has missed the last four games with a sprained left knee, has returned to basketball activities, but he is still likely a ways away from returning to in-game action. The rookie will likely have to return to practice in almost a full capacity before he is cleared to play again. After Monday's game, the Kings will have off until Thursday when they head to Boston.
News: Bjelica scored 13 points (5-13 FG, 2-5 3Pt, 1-1 FT) while adding 10 rebounds, two assists, two steals and two blocks in 29 minutes off the bench during Saturday's 102-94 win over the Knicks.
Impact: After getting three DNPs in a four-game span at the end of February, the 30-year-old has worked his way back into the frontcourt rotation in March due to Marvin Bagley's knee injury. Bjelica now has six double-doubles on the season, and while he might have some short-term fantasy value in deeper formats, his role will shrink again once Bagley is healthy.
News: Fox scored a game-high 30 points (11-17 FG, 2-4 3Pt, 6-8 FT) while adding eight assists, five rebounds and a steal in 37 minutes during Saturday's 102-94 win over the Knicks.
Impact: Twelve of his points came in the final six minutes of the game, as Fox nearly single-handedly staved off a late push by New York. It's the third time this season he's popped for 30-plus points, and the second-year guard's breakout campaign has solidified his spot as one of the foundation pieces for a rebuilding Kings squad.
News: Bagley (knee) is listed as out on the Kings' injury report ahead of Saturday's game against the Knicks. He's resumed basketball activities and should be considered day-to-day.
Impact: Bagley will miss a fourth straight game with the left knee sprain and looks on track to miss additional time beyond Saturday. When Bagley was first diagnosed with the injury Feb. 27, the Kings indicated a day later that the rookie would be re-evaluated in 1-to-2 weeks.
News: Fox tallied 16 points (5-12 FG, 1-2 3Pt, 5-8 FT), four rebounds, four steals, and three assists in 33 minutes during Monday's 115-108 victory over the Knicks.
Impact: Fox struggled from the free-throw line Monday, finishing with just 5-of-8. His assist total was only three, his lowest amount in almost a month. He salvaged the line with four steals which certainly would have made his owners happy. Fox continues to have a breakout season and should be in line for big minutes on a nightly basis with the Kings still battling for a playoff spot in the West.
News: Hield totaled 28 points (9-18 FG, 3-8 3Pt, 7-7 FT), seven assists, six rebounds, two steals, and one block in 35 minutes during Monday's 115-108 victory over New York.
Impact: Hield was magnificent Monday, scoring a team-high 28 points to go with a full line. This was a much-needed victory for the Kings but they certainly made hard work of it. It keeps them in the playoff race and they do have a couple of games extra left to play when compared to their immediate rivals. Hield is the primary focus on the offensive end and should see further big scoring nights moving forward with any defensive numbers, a welcome addition.
News: Barnes finished with 22 points (7-13 FG, 3-6 3Pt, 5-6 FT), 10 rebounds, and one assist in 37 minutes during Monday's 115-108 victory over the Knicks.
Impact: Barnes ended Monday's game with a 22-and-10 double-double. The line was nice on the surface but he contributed basically outside of points and rebounds. On nights his shot is falling, his production appears much better and this was one of those nights. Barnes is fine to roster in standard formats as long as you don't need assists or defensive stats.
News: Bagley has been diagnosed with a sprained left knee, and he will be re-evaluated in 1-2 weeks, Jason Anderson of The Sacramento Bee reports.
Impact: Bagley suffered the injury during Wednesday's overtime loss to the Bucks as he was knocked over after being on the receiving end of a screen. The rookie has avoided a long-term injury, but it's possible he'll be sidelined for around two weeks. While he's on the shelf, Nemanja Bjelica and Harry Giles are candidates to see expanded roles.
News: Brewer will sign with the Kings for the remainder of the season Thursday, James Ham of NBC Sports Bay Area reports.
Impact: Brewer's second 10-day contract expired today, so the Kings have decided to keep the veteran around for the remainder of their playoff push. While Brewer doesn't offer much in terms of offensive production, he's still proven to be a serviceable defender and high-energy guy in Sacramento. He'll likely continue playing a limited role off the bench for the Kings this season.
News: Hield contributed 32 points (10-29 FG, 3-11 3Pt, 9-9 FT), six rebounds, three assists, and three steals in 41 minutes during Wednesday's 141-140 loss to the Bucks.
Impact: Hield needed 29 shot attempts to get to 32 points Wednesday, almost helping the Kings come away with an improbable victory. It was the second time Hield has scored in excess of 30 points from his last three games. He has also recorded three steals in back-to-back games, an element of his game that has been missing for most of the season. The breakout continues for Hield and if Marvin Bagley (knee) is forced to miss time, Hield will be required to do a bit more on the offensive end.
News: Giles ended with 18 points (9-13 FG, 0-2 FT), seven rebounds, two assists, and one block in 17 minutes during Wednesday's 141-140 loss to the Bucks.
Impact: Giles put in a strong performance Wednesday, coming away with his highest points total since the end of January. Marvin Bagley (knee) went down with a knee injury and it appears as though he could miss time going forward. There is a chance Giles sees an elevated role, however, he is still likely to have consistent value in deeper formats only.
News: Bogdanovic finished with 28 points (10-22 FG, 5-8 3Pt, 3-4 FT), eight rebounds, eight assists, two steals, and one block in 43 minutes during Wednesday's 141-140 loss to Milwaukee.
Impact: Bogdanovic was back in the starting lineup Wednesday, putting up arguably his best performance of the season. Marvin Bagley (knee) shifted to the bench and then left the game early due to injury, affording Bogdanovic extra playing time. It appears as though Bagley will miss time with this injury which should see an increased role for Bogdanovic moving forward.
News: Bagley won't return to Wednesday's game against the Bucks after suffering a left knee sprain, Sean Cunningham of ABC 10 Sacramento reports. He'll undergo an MRI on the knee Thursday.
Impact: Bagley posted nine points (3-9 FG, 0-2 3Pt, 3-4 FT), seven rebounds and one assist in 18 minutes before exiting late in the third quarter, when he was knocked over after being on the receiving end of a Malcolm Brogdon screen. The rookie immediately grabbed his left knee in pain and required assistance from teammates to get off the court. Bagley didn't look as though he was able to put much, if any, weight on the knee. The MRI will provide more clarity on the extent of the injury, but it's fair to expect that Bagley will be sidelined for at least a few games with the injury.
News: Bagley will come off the bench Wednesday against the Bucks, Jason Anderson of The Sacramento Bee reports.
Impact: Bagley will return to the bench after a spot start Monday. He's been excellent of late and is averaging 23.0 points and 9.0 rebounds over his past three games.
News: Bogdanovic will return to the starting five for Wednesday's game against the Bucks, Jason Anderson of The Sacramento Bee reports.
Impact: After starting two consecutive games, Bogdanovic moved to the bench in the Kings' last game. Marvin Bagley started in his place, and will return to the bench for Bogdanovic's return. It's unclear what the Kings' starting lineup will be going forward, however they could continue to play to the matchup, meaning Bogdanovic could bounce between the starting five and a bench role.
News: Cauley-Stein had just four points and one rebound in 13 minutes during Monday's 112-105 loss to the Timberwolves.
Impact: Cauley-Stein received two fouls in the first three minutes and was never able to get things going, putting up just four points in 13 minutes. There is nothing to worry about here as the low minutes are clearly an outlier in what has been a solid season. Cauley-Stein will look to bounce back against the Bucks on Wednesday.
News: Bogdanovic contributed seven points (3-13 FG, 1-6 3Pt), six rebounds, six assists, and one steal in 29 minutes during Monday's 112-105 loss to Minnesota.
Impact: Bogdanovic shifted back to the bench after starting the previous two games, allowing Marvin Bagley to enter the opening lineup. Bogdanovic struggled from the field, hitting just 3-of-13 from the floor in what was a disappointing night. He had scored in double-figures in six straight games prior to this and will likely be better next time around. His playing time generally stays the same whether he is coming off the bench or not and so this move to the bench will not hurt his production moving forward.
News: Fox totaled 23 points (8-24 FG, 2-5 3Pt, 5-7 FT), five assists, three rebounds, and one steal in 33 minutes during Monday's 112-105 loss to Minnesota.
Impact: Fox provided owners with solid production once again Monday, despite the Kings falling to the Timberwolves. Fox is on a nice run right now, having scored in double-figures in eight of his past nine games. His passing game continues to be a strong element when looking at his overall value, whilst his defense is constantly improving. The Kings remain on the outside looking in when it comes to the playoff picture and tonight's loss certainly doesn't help their cause.
News: Bagley finished with 25 points (9-14 FG, 1-1 3Pt, 6-6 FT), 11 rebounds, two assists, two blocks, and one steal in 37 minutes during Monday's 112-105 loss to the Timberwolves.
Impact: Bagley moved into the starting lineup Monday, relegating Bogdan Bogdanovic to the bench. He made the most of the promotion, coming away with 25 points and 11 rebounds. he chipped in three defensive stats and continues to be one of the hottest fantasy players around. He consistently leads the team in minutes played and appears as though he could be a difference maker in many leagues down the stretch.
News: Bagley will start Monday's game against the Timberwovles, Jason Anderson of The Sacramento Bee reports.
Impact: Bagley's strong February, 17.6 points and 9.5 rebounds over 29.5 minutes, has earned him a chance to run with the starting five. It seems likely that this change will stick, as Bagley has seen 30 or more minutes in five of the last eight games. His move into the starting five bumps Bogdan Bogdanovic back to the bench.
News: Bogdanovic will transition to a bench role for Monday's game against Minnesota, Jason Anderson of The Sacramento Bee reports.
Impact: Bogdanovic started each of the last two contests for the Kings and scored 29 total points over that stretch, but he'll serve as a role player Monday night. Harrison Barnes will shift to small forward and Marvin Bagley gets the nod at power forward with Bogdanovic changing roles.
News: Brewer (eye) is available to play Monday against the Timberwolves, Jason Jones of The Athletic reports.
Impact: Brewer has been cleared to play despite entering the day with a doubtful tag. The veteran has appeared in just one game for the Kings over the last two weeks, notching 11 points in 13 minutes off the bench.
News: Brewer (eye) will be a game-time decision Monday against the Timberwolves, Jason Jones of The Athletic reports.
Impact: Brewer was originally listed as doubtful, but it sounds like he could play Monday if he checks out OK during warmups. The veteran has played a limited role during his time with the Kings, so his availability won't affect Sacramento's rotation too much either way.
News: Brewer is unlikely to play Monday against the Timberwolves due to a right ocular injury.
Impact: Brewer failed to play in Saturday's matchup against Oklahoma City, although it's unclear if it was due to this same eye injury. Assuming Brewer won't take the court, expect Bogdan Bogdanovic, Marvin Bagley and Nemanja Bjelica to see more minutes.
News: Fox compiled 19 points (7-16 FG, 1-1 3Pt, 4-6 FT), nine assists, three blocks, one rebound, and one steal in 34 minutes during Saturday's 119-116 victory over Oklahoma City.
Impact: Fox was big down the stretch for the Kings as they held off a fast-finishing Thunder, eventually winning the game by three points. Fox made some crucial buckets and also chipped in with three blocks. The Kings are going to be vying for a playoff seed meaning Fox should get all the run he can handle moving forward with very little risk of a shutdown.
News: Cauley-Stein produced 10 points (5-9 FG), 11 rebounds, two assists, and one block in 30 minutes during Saturday's 119-116 victory over the Thunder.
Impact: Cauley-Stein ended Saturday's win with 10 points and 11 rebounds, his first double-double since January 13. His hot start to the season is a distant memory for owners as he has scored in double-digits in just three of his past seven games. The rapid improvement of both Marvin Bagley and Harry Giles has cut into Cauley-Stein's production and he is more of a fringe standard league player right now.
News: Bagley totaled 19 points (8-18 FG, 0-2 3Pt, 3-6 FT), 10 rebounds, three assists, three blocks, and two steals in 36 minutes during Saturday's 119-116 victory over Oklahoma City.
Impact: Bagley was magnificent for the Kings on Saturday, continuing his recent production. He hit a pair of crucial free-throws down the stretch and was strong on the defensive end once again. He continues to come off the bench but still led the team in minutes played. Nemanja Bjelica was out of the rotation once again and Bagley looks set for a strong finish to the season.
News: Hield finished with 34 points (12-22 FG, 3-5 3Pt, 7-9 FT), five rebounds, four assists, one steal, and one block in 36 minutes during Saturday's 119-116 victory over the Thunder.
Impact: Hield dropped a team-high 34 points Saturday, helping the Kings to their 31st victory of the season. The win keeps the Kings within 1.5 games of the San Antonio Spurs and the Los Angeles Clippers in the race for the playoffs. Hield has had a breakout season and with Sacramento endeavoring to win as many games as possible, he should continue to put up big numbers on a nightly basis.
News: Bjelica (coach's decision) failed to see any action in Thursday's 125-123 loss to the Warriors.
Impact: Bogdan Bogdanovic moved into the starting five on the while Harrison Barnes shifted over to power forward on the top unit, resulting in Bjelica heading to the bench for the first time since December. There was some thought that coach Dave Joerger might have tweaked the starting five to create a better matchup versus Golden State, but Joerger revealed after the contest that he would stick with the same lineup moving forward. If that's the case, Bjelica will likely find himself out of the rotation entirely in most games, as the Kings have little incentive to reduce the playing time for reserve rookie big men Marvin Bagley and Harry Giles.
News: Bagley totaled 28 points (8-19 FG, 1-2 3Pt, 11-14 FT), 14 rebounds, and one steal in 34 minutes during Thursday's 125-123 loss to Golden State.
Impact: Bagley played a team-high 34 minutes despite continuing to come off the bench, ending with 28 points and 14 rebounds. Nemanja Bjelica fell out of the rotation here and Bagley could be in line for a nice boost in production moving forward.
News: Bogdanovic finished with 14 points (5-10 FG, 1-4 3Pt, 3-3 FT) six assists, three rebounds, and two steals in 31 minutes during Thursday's 125-123 loss to the Warriors.
Impact: Bogdanovic moved into the starting lineup, ending the night with a solid all-around line. Coach Dave Joerger said after the contest that he would stick with the starting five moving forward, which could result in Bogdanovic enjoying a slight bump in minutes while Harrison Barnes moves over to power forward. Meanwhile, Nemanja Bjelica, who had been previously worked on the top unit, was dropped from the rotation entirely, as Marvin Bagley and Harry Giles maintained their usual roles as the top backups in the frontcourt.
News: Bjelica will come off the bench Thursday against Golden State, James Ham of NBC Sports Bay Area reports.
Impact: Bjelica has been shifted to a bench role after Bogdan Bogdanovic was named in the starting lineup. Bjelica is averaging 9.8 points, 4.6 rebounds and 1.6 assists in his previous five contests, but the Kings will go with a new look to kick off the second half of the season.
News: Bogdanovic will start Thursday against the Warriors, James Ham of NBC Sports Bay Area reports.
Impact: Bogdanovic will draw the nod at small forward, pushing Harrison Barnes to power forward and bumping Nemanja Bjelica to the bench. Bogdanovic produced at a high rate in his last four contests before the All-Star break, posting averages of 14.8 points, 4.5 rebounds, 3.5 assists and 2.0 steals.
News: Brewer signed a 10-day contract with the Kings on Monday.
Impact: Brewer didn't appear in a game during his first 10-day stint with the Kings, so he doesn't figure to play a large role in his second go-around. Once his upcoming 10-day contract expires, Sacramento will need to either sign Brewer for the remainder of the season or cut him loose.
News: Giles produced just seven points (1-2 FG, 5-5 FT), in 12 minutes during Wednesday's 120-118 loss to the Nuggets.
Impact: Giles has seen his playing time diminish over the past three games, resulting in a dip in production. The arrival of Harrison Barnes has likely cut into Giles minutes somewhat, although his value was limited to deeper formats prior to the trade anyway.
News: Fox totaled 15 points (6-11 FG, 1-2 3Pt, 2-4 FT), 10 assists, and four rebounds in 32 minutes during Wednesday's 120-118 loss to the Nuggets.
Impact: Fox ended Wednesday's loss with a double-double including 10 assists. Fox has cooled off after a blistering start to the season, hitting multiple three-pointers just once in his past 15 games. The scoring has fluctuated but the assists have remained reasonably constant. The loss puts the Kings one win out of the eighth-seed, a position they are likely to continue competing for after the break.
News: Barnes finished with 19 points (7-19 FG, 3-9 3Pt, 2-2 FT), 11 rebounds, four assists, and two steals in 41 minutes during Wednesday's 120-118 loss to Denver.
Impact: Barnes dropped a 19-and-11 double-double Wednesday, playing a whopping 41 minutes. Barnes is yet to shoot better than 37 percent during his time with the Kings but continues to see big minutes. The four steals across his last two games would appear to be a fluke and he typically provides points and threes on low efficiency.
News: Burks ended with just three rebounds in 21 minutes during Sunday's 117-104 victory over the Suns.
Impact: Burks played 21 minutes in his second game for Sacramento, but finished with just three rebounds, missing his single attempt from the field. Burks finds himself in a far less favorable position in Sacramento and will likely fade out of the standard league conversation.
News: Barnes tallied nine points (3-9 FG, 1-7 3Pt), 2-2 FT), four rebounds, three assists, and two steals in 30 minutes during Sunday's 117-104 victory over Phoenix.
Impact: Barnes managed just nine points in his second game as a King, a somewhat underwhelming effort. The two steals were nice but Barnes value relies almost solely on his scoring and he could find it difficult to match his numbers from Dallas given the point scoring ability on the Kings roster.
News: Bogdanovic totaled 14 points (5-10 FG, 0-1 3Pt, 4-6 FT), five rebounds, five assists, three steals, and one block in 27 minutes during Sunday's 117-104 victory over the Suns.
Impact: Bogdanovic played 27 minutes off the bench Sunday, ending the contest with 14 points and a full line. There was some speculation he would move into the starting lineup after Iman Shumpert was traded but it appears as though he will be running with the second unit, at least for the time being. He has put up some inconsistent numbers of late but should still be rostered in all formats moving forward.
News: Bagley finished with 32 points (10-15 FG, 1-2 3Pt, 11-13 FT), seven rebounds, one assist, one steal, and one block in 32 minutes during Sunday's 117-104 victory over the Suns.
Impact: Bagley went off for a career-high 32 points Sunday, shooting 10-of-15 from the field and 11-of-13 from the free throw line. Bagley continues to develop his game and the Kings have to be thrilled with his recent production. He outplayed DeAndre Ayton in this one, perhaps somewhat justifying the Kings draft selection.
News: Swanigan (coach's decision) was inactive for Sunday's 117-104 win over the Suns.
Impact: After coming over in a trade from Portland on Thursday, Swanigan was withheld from action in Friday's 102-96 win over the Heat since he didn't have a chance to practice with his new team. Swanigan received the opportunity to work out with the Kings on Saturday, but as was the case in Portland, he's not viewed as a regular rotation player at this juncture. The Kings were at full strength Sunday and coach Dave Joerger evidently didn't view the big man as one of the team's top 13 players, so it may take an injury before Swanigan even gets a chance to dress for a contest.
News: Giles totaled 10 points (4-9 FG, 2-2 FT), three rebounds and one steal across 17 minutes in the Kings' 102-96 win over the Heat on Friday.
Impact: Giles outscored fellow young big Marvin Bagley III in the win, posting his third straight double-digit scoring effort in the process, and his fourth in the last five games overall. The 2017 first-round pick hasn't really experienced any increase in playing time, but a boost in usage has led to what is his best multi-game offensive stretch of the campaign thus far. Giles has notably taken between eight and 12 shots in the aforementioned quartet of contests, an encouraging development for those holding him in deep formats and keeper/dynasty leagues.
News: Fox mustered 12 points (5-17 FG, 1-3 3Pt, 1-2 FT), three assists, two rebounds and four steals across 30 minutes in the Kings' 102-96 win over the Heat on Friday.
Impact: His non-scoring production helped spruce up his final line, but Fox endured his third sub-30-percent shooting night over the last 11 games. A handful of such clunkers aside, the second-year guard has been vastly improved this season, and his ball-handling, facilitation and defense have all served as strong complements to both his real-world and fantasy output. Fox has now drained less than 40.0 percent of his attempts in three of the first four games of February, however, so an uptick in efficiency would certainly be a welcome sight.
News: Barnes registered 12 points (3-9 FG, 2-4 3Pt, 4-4 FT), seven rebounds and two assists across 37 minutes in the Kings' 102-96 win over the Heat on Friday.
Impact: Barnes was inserted right into the starting five in his team debut, and although his shot was less than sharp, he provided a solid line overall. The 26-year-old shooting struggles actually date back to the final two games of his Mavericks tenure, as he's now shot under 40.0 percent in three straight contests. However, Barnes certainly has the talent to bounce back, and the Kings' fast-paced offense has the potential to do wonders for his overall production.
News: Bogdanovic poured in 16 points (6-14 FG, 2-6 3Pt, 2-4 FT) and added five rebounds, four assists and two steals across 34 minutes in the Kings' 102-96 win over the Heat on Friday.
Impact: Bogdanovic's scoring total led the second unit and was second only to Buddy Hield for the Kings on the night. The 26-year-old started February off in a significant shooting slump over his first two games (6-for-22, including 1-for-11 from three-point range), but he's bounced back to post consecutive double-digit scoring tallies. Bogdanovic looked set to enter the starting five upon the recent trade of Iman Shumpert, but the acquisition of Harrison Barnes likely keeps Bogdanovic in a high-volume second-unit role for the foreseeable future.
News: Hield contributed 23 points (8-16 FG, 4-9 3Pt, 3-4 FT), seven rebounds, one assist and two blocks across 34 minutes in the Kings' 102-96 win over the Heat on Friday.
Impact: Hield was key to the Kings' furious fourth-quarter comeback, and he capped the rally by sinking a pair of free throws with 17 seconds remaining. The third-year wing has shot 50.0 percent in three of his past five games, and he now has a 20-game streak with multiple three-pointers. Hield has also turned in impressive work on the boards thus far in February, as he's hauled in between six and 10 boards in each of the first four games of the new month.
News: Swanigan (not injury related) is inactive for Friday's game against Miami, play-by-play announcer Mike Inglis reports.
Impact: Swanigan was dealt to the Kings from the Trail Blazers on Thursday, although he's evidently not ready to take the court for his new team just yet. His next opportunity to play will come Sunday against the Suns.
News: Bogdanovic will come off the bench Friday against Miami, Jason Anderson of The Sacramento Bee reports.
Impact: Sacramento's newest addition, Harrison Barnes, will enter the starting lineup after Iman Shumpert was traded to the Rockets, so Bogdanovic will head back to the bench. He's averaging 10.8 points, 2.4 rebounds, 2.4 assists and 1.0 steal in his last five games as a role player.
News: Barnes will draw the start Friday against the Heat, Jason Anderson of The Sacramento Bee reports.
Impact: As predicted, Barnes will join the first unit, pushing Bogdan Bogdanovic to a bench role. Barnes has scored 10 or more points in each of his last four contests and will look to extend that streak in his first game with the Kings.
News: Brewer is available to play in Friday's contest against Miami, James Ham of NBC Sports Bay Area reports.
Impact: After signing a 10-day contract with the Kings on Thursday, it appears as though the veteran will make his debut with his new team during the matchup versus the Heat on Friday.
News: Brewer is expected to sign a 10-day contract with the Kings, Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN reports.
Impact: Brewer showed some life during his last stint with the 76ers, and he posted averages of 7.6 points, 2.4 rebounds, 1.4 assists and 1.7 steals through seven contests. He'll add a much-needed veteran presence to Sacramento's locker room and will have 10 days to prove to the Kings that he's worth a contract for the remainder of the season.
News: Burks is expected to make his Kings' debut in Friday's game against the Heat, Sean Cunningham of ABC 10 Sacramento reports.
Impact: Burks is one of two new Sacramento players that are expected to make their debuts in the purple and black Friday, with former Maverick Harrison Barnes being the other. While Buddy Hield will likely continue to take on majority of the minutes at shooting guard, Burks will likely take on most of the backcourt minutes that once belonged to Iman Shumpert before he was traded to Houston.
News: Barnes (not injury related) is expected to be available Friday against the Heat, Jason Jones of The Athletic reports.
Impact: Barnes was dealt to the Kings on Wednesday and should get through his physicals in time to suit up for Friday's action. There's a strong chance he'll start at power forward, which would push Nemanja Bjelica to the bench.
News: Swanigan was dealt to the Kings on Thursday in exchange for Skal Labissiere, Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN reports.
Impact: Swanigan hasn't made much of an impact over the past season-and-a-half, so the Blazers will flip him to Sacramento for another underachieving big man in Labissiere. Swanigan had been a DNP-CD in all but two games since the start of January, and neither either player involved projects to make much of an impact in the fantasy landscape any time soon.
News: Bagley had 10 points (4-12 FG, 0-1 3Pt, 2-2 FT), 10 rebounds, two blocks, and one assist in 27 minutes during Wednesday's 127-101 loss to Houston.
Impact: Bagley finished with 10 points and 10 rebounds, his fourth straight double-double. After dropping a career-high 24 points just 48 hours earlier, Bagley was far more subdued here but still managed a solid enough line. He continues to improve from game to game and is clearly a must-roster player in all formats moving forward.
News: Hield totaled 20 points (8-17 FG, 3-10 3Pt, 1-1 FT), 10 rebounds, and two assists in 33 minutes during Wednesday's 127-101 loss to the Rockets.
Impact: Hield put up his third double-double of the season Wednesday, ending the game with 20 points and 10 rebounds. The game was over by halftime and so the fact he still played 33 minutes is encouraging. Hield is having a breakout year with the only real negative being his downturn in steal numbers.
News: Bogdanovic finished with 13 points (6-15 FG, 1-6 3Pt), four rebounds, three assists, three steals, and one block in 32 minutes during Wednesday's 127-101 loss to Houston.
Impact: Bogdanovic moved into the starting lineup after Iman Shumpert was traded to the Rockets prior to tipoff. The Kings were completely outplayed, however, Bogdanovic was able to put up numbers across the board after a couple of sub-par performances. His elevation to the starting unit could be a permanent move but that remains to be seen. Alec Burks will come across as part of the trade and has been playing well for the Cavaliers. The likelihood is that Bogdanovic will be the priority and his role shouldn't change, whether he is starting or coming off the bench.
News: The Mavericks traded Barnes to the Kings on Wednesday in exchange for Justin Jackson and Zach Randolph, Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN reports.
Impact: News of the deal spread while Barnes was in the midst of playing for Dallas in their 99-93 win over the Hornets, with the 26-year-old finishing his final game with the Mavericks with 10 points (4-13 FG, 2-6 3Pt), three rebounds and one assist in 26 minutes. With his new team, Barnes appears likely to step in as a starter at either small or power forward, with Nemanja Bjelica likely being the most negatively impacted by his arrival. Though he had been the top offensive complement to Luka Doncic in Dallas with an average of 17.7 points per game, Barnes' usage will probably plummet while he joins a more talented supporting cast in Sacramento. Given Barnes' dearth of production outside of the points category, it could be tough to justify rostering him in 12-team formats if his scoring takes an expected dip.
News: Bogdanovic will start Wednesday's game against the Rockets, Jason Anderson of The Sacramento Bee reports.
Impact: Bogdanovic will be elevated to the starting five Wednesday as usual starter Iman Shumpert was dealt to the Rockets earlier in the day. It's unclear if Bogdanovic will continue to start once Alec Burks joins the team, but it's certainly a possibility as the second-year guard is having an excellent season, averaging 14.9 points, 4.0 assists and 3.5 rebounds in 27.8 minutes per game.
News: Burks was traded from the Cavaliers to the Kings on Wednesday as part of a three-team deal, Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN reports.
Impact: The Kings also received a second-round pick from Cleveland, while the Cavs received Brandon Knight, Marquese Chriss and a 2019 first-round pick from Houston, and the Rockets received Wade Baldwin and Nik Stauskas from the Cavaliers and Iman Shumpert from the Kings. Burks has been a solid contributor since joining Cleveland earlier in the year, averaging 11.6 points, 5.5 rebounds and 2.9 assists through 34 games with the Cavaliers. It's unclear what role the guard will immediately play with his new team, though there are minutes to be had following Shumpert's departure.
News: Bjelica tallied seven points (3-7 FG, 1-5 3Pt), three rebounds, and one steal in 21 minutes during Monday's 127-112 victory over San Antonio.
Impact: Bjelica ended Monday's game with just seven points in 21 minutes. He has scored in single-figures in 11 of his past 13 games and his time in the starting unit could soon come to an end. Marvin Bagley is firing on all cylinders at the moment and if you are holding onto Bjelica in any 12-team leagues, he can safely be dropped.
News: Fox ended with 20 points (9-12 FG, 1-1 3Pt, 1-3 FT), six rebounds, six assists, one steal, and one block in 31 minutes during Monday's 127-112 victory over the Spurs.
Impact: Despite seeing his production dip slightly of late, Fox remains a must roster player in every format. Yogi Ferrell was hot during the fourth quarter here, which may have taken some court time away from Fox. That being said, owners have to be thrilled with the numbers and will hope he can continue with this type of form against the Rockets on Wednesday.
News: Ferrell totaled 19 points (7-7 FG, 4-4 3Pt, 1-2 FT), and two assists in 17 minutes during Monday's 127-112 victory over San Antonio.
Impact: Ferrell dominated the last quarter, helping the Kings pull away to record a 15-point victory. Ferrell has the ability to score the ball in bunches but typically produces nowhere near enough to warrant rostering outside of deeper formats.
News: Bagley finished with 24 points (10-17 FG, 1-4 3Pt, 3-4 FT), 12 rebounds, four assists, three blocks, and one steal in 31 minutes during Monday's 127-112 victory over the Spurs.
Impact: Bagley dropped a career-high 24 points Monday, adding 12 rebounds while putting up his third straight double-double. Everything is pointing in the right direction for the rookie who thrilled the home fans with an impressive 360 alley-oop dunk. Despite coming off the bench, Bagley is playing starters minutes and continues to impress on both ends of the floor.