• Another DeMarcus Cousins rumor has surfaced amidst a slow start in Sacramento, so thank heavens my fainting couch is nearby. Cousins may not be a King past the deadline, if the latest in a long line of anonymous sources predicting a Boogie trade are finally correct.

    Sporting News has the scoop, with one anonymous Western Conference GM saying ““I’d say they have three months, tops. Probably more like a month, or month-and-a-half, because the closer they get to the deadline, the less they’re going to get back. If you’re trying to trade him the week of the deadline, it’s going to be tougher.”

    Firstly, it’s tough to take any Cousins rumor seriously at this point. Enough people have cried wolf that these reports fall on deaf ears unless there’s substantial information behind them. To simply say that the Kings will trade Cousins because they’re floundering is bottom of the barrel analysis from this GM.

    There’s also the fact that any concerns with Cousins only serve to widen the value gap. The off-court nonsense and knowledge of Cousins’ true demeanor probably makes him more valuable to Sacramento than any potential dance partner, thus adding to the difficulty of a monster deal. And really, Cousins hasn’t exactly been provided the organizational infrastructure to excel. He certainly has excelled, but rarely with the front office and coaching staff on the same page. Cousins has been an electrifying talent that has never really had the support of those around him- either on the court, on the bench, or in the luxury suites. Some of that could certainly fall at Cousins’ feet, but I tend to think the lack of cohesion lies more on the organization than a single player.

    Secondly, it’s foolish to use Kings’ part-owner Shaquille O’Neal’s recent comments as evidence one way or the other. Shaq, despite his role with the team, doesn’t seem like he’d be totally in the know about basketball decisions. Not to mention his penchant for saying whatever is on his mind. The same attributes that make him an affable TV presence don’t exactly translate to being a reliable oracle for major transactions.

    Lastly, this makes absolutely zero sense given what the Kings have stated publicly about Rudy Gay. Gay has requested a trade and informed the team that he won’t re-sign this offseason when he becomes a free agent. That’s more than fair. The Kings reportedly are holding off on acquiescing for the time being, hoping to contend under new coach Dave Joerger while proving to Gay that Sacramento is on the right path. It’s incredibly unlikely that Gay can be convinced to stick around but apparently the Kings are going to try.

    So let’s put two and two together:

    The Kings are refusing to trade a player who has made it known that he would like to leave and won’t be back anyway because they think they can convince him to stay. And yet we’re supposed to believe the Kings would jump ship on a far superior player, with an extra year of control on a contract that produces infinitely more bang for the buck? They want to recoup value for Cousins but are content with losing Gay for nothing?

    I’m not buying this one. It’s the Kings, so we can’t discount anything, but it’s highly unlikely that this goes beyond the usual scuttlebutt.

Fantasy News

  • Luke Kornet
    PF-C, Chicago Bulls

    Luke Kornet has inked a deal with the Chicago Bulls for two years worth $4.5 million according to Shams Charania of The Athletic.

    Kornet is another stretch big that will fit into the Bulls' system similar to how Lauri Markkanen does. He is a 36-percent shooter from beyond the arc in his career and shoots at will, so he should be a nice role player for an improved Bulls team.

    Source: Shams Charania on Twitter

  • Josh Magette
    G, Orlando Magic

    The Orlando Magic have signed Josh Magette to a two-way contract according to Chris Haynes of Yahoo.

    Magette was last seen in the NBA two seasons ago with the Atlanta Hawks. After a strong showing in Summer League, Magette will have an opportunity to compete for a roster spot as an additional PG. He doesn't figure to hold any fantasy value if he is to make the squad.

    Source: Chris Haynes on Twitter

  • Frank Kaminsky
    PF, Phoenix Suns

    The Suns have officially signed Frank Kaminsky to a two-year, $10 million deal.

    Kaminsky officially joins the young roster that GM James Jones and the Suns are building. He will have some competition backing up Dario Saric as the team is also planning to sign Cheick Diallo. Kaminsky will have some stand-alone value as a deep threat but he doesn't provide much value beyond shooting.

    Source: Gina Mizell on Twitter

  • Stanton Kidd
    PF, Utah Jazz

    The Jazz have signed Stanton Kidd and William Howard.

    Kidd and Howard both participated in Summer League for the Jazz organization and impressed the team enough to be signed to fill out their roster. There is no guarantee that either will make the roster as it is unclear if their contracts are guaranteed. Kidd, 27, most recently played in Turkey while Howard, 25, most recently played in France.

    Source: Eric Woodyard on Twitter

  • Cheick Diallo
    PF, Phoenix Suns

    According to Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN, the Suns have signed Cheick Diallo to a two-year contract.

    Diallo has shown flashes in the NBA through his first three seasons with the Pelicans, Unfortunately, he has yet to see the opportunity needed to provide fantasy value as he has yet to surpass 14.0MPG in any season. The Suns could provide an avenue for Diallo to get more playing time off the bench similar to what we saw from Richaun Holmes last season. This is a terrific landing spot for the young big man.

    Source: Adrian Wojnarowski on Twitter

  • Chris Paul
    PG, Oklahoma City Thunder

    According to Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN, there are many around the league that believe that Chris Paul will start the season with the Thunder.

    The Thunder have been very busy this offseason as they have been able to inhale draft picks in return for All-Stars Russell Westbrook and Paul George. It was rumored that they would attempt to shop Paul to see if they could acquire even more assets. The team will look to have Paul mentor this team (specifically second-year player Shai-Gilgeous Alexander) as the market for Paul is not robust due to the $124M he is owed over the next three seasons. From a fantasy perspective, Paul may eat into SGA's overall value but they both will provide value come draft time.

    Source: Adrian Wojnarowski on Twitter

  • Christian Wood
    PF, Detroit Pistons

    According to Shams Charania, the Pistons have claimed Christian Wood off of waivers.

    Wood will join a Pistons team that is led by Blake Griffin and Andre Drummond in the frontcourt. However, he will be able to compete for bench minutes with fellow bigs Markieff Morris and Thon Maker. The Pistons also drafted Sekou Doumbouya who is unlikely to contribute this season as he is only 18 years old.

    Source: Shams Charania on Twitter

  • Reggie Bullock
    SG-SF, New York Knicks

    Newly signed wing Reggie Bullock (back) underwent successful surgery for a cervical disc herniation on Wednesday.

    Bullock signed a two-year contract with the Knicks a day before undergoing a special surgery in New York. The Knicks will update the media regarding Bullock's timetable around the start of training camp. With the rotation unknown and the lack of knowledge regarding his timetable, Bullock is best left undrafted in standard leagues.

    Source: Knicks PR on Twitter

  • Tyler Lydon
    PF, Sacramento Kings

    Tyler Lydon has officially signed with the Kings.

    Lydon was a 2017 first-round pick of the Nuggets but failed to show value in his time in Denver. The Kings will take a chance on Lydon who has only played 96 minutes in his first two seasons. For now, he can be ignored from a fantasy perspective.

    Source: Sean Cunningham on Twitter

  • Julian Washburn
    SF, Golden State Warriors

    The Warriors have waived Julian Washburn.

    Washburn was acquired in the Andre Iguodala trade. Last season he appeared in 18 games with the Grizzlies, making three starts, while averaging 2.2 points, 2.3 rebounds and 0.7 steals in 14.1 minutes per night. Expect him to land in some team's training camp.

    Source: Warriors PR on Twitter