August 4, 2017, 5:48 pm
The Kings have gone into full rebuild-mode. This is obvious to anyone who follows a decent amount of basketball. But the Kings made two transactions that raised their average age from 22 years old to 25 years old.
These moves were the addition of Vince Carter and Zach Randolph to the roster. They bring toughness, as well as experience, to a team which lacks identity.
Carter signed a one-year deal worth $8 million and Randolph signed for two years, $24 million. While the two are years removed from their prime, what they can offer the Kings goes beyond the court.
The veteran Carter knows what it’s like to be in the spotlight. He’s an eight-time All Star and was the franchise centerpiece with the Raptors and Nets. During his time with both Toronto and Brooklyn (formerly New Jersey), he averaged more than 23 points per game.
Carter has also been the quintessential teammate in recent years, with Kings coach Dave Joerger praising his former player for his leadership during their time together with the Grizzlies.
Carter was also voted the 2015-16 Twyman-Stokes Teammate of the Year for his selflessness and leadership. It’ll be interesting to see how the 40-year-old can help rookie — and fellow former Tar Heel — Justin Jackson adjust from college ball to the pros.
Randolph is the younger of the two signings, at an almost juvenile 36 years old in comparison to Carter and is coming off a season where his player efficiency rating (18.5 PER) was less than 1.0 below his career average of 19.4.
The 6’9″ Randolph is hard-nosed and powerful; a bully type of player, yet graceful in the post. He will be able to show youngsters like Willie Cauley-Stein, Skal Labissiere and Harry Giles all of the tricks of the trade, and do so while still being effective in his lower-minute role.
Off the court, though, he’s been through plenty. He’s had to evaluate his choices, feel the lows of multiple arrests to reinvent himself into the two-time All-Star he is today. He’s a constant reminder of taking care of business and making sure not to take anything for granted. His blue-collar style is something the young Kings can learn from — and will be integral to their development into tough NBA players.
When the season starts in October, the Kings will more than likely have 10 players who are 24 or younger and there will be growing pains. Randolph and Carter are around to keep things from getting too ugly.
But even as Sacramento is interested in what the they bring to the hardwood, they’re more than likely just as invested in what they can bring off of it.
February 26, 2020, 2:28 pmMalik MonkSG, Charlotte Hornets
Malik Monk has been suspended indefinitely for violating the league's anti-drug program.
Monk's suspension will last until he is deemed to be in "full compliance." Monk had been on a nice run in February, but this news certainly clouds his status going forward. His absence could provide an opportunity for Cody Martin to step up.
Source: Shams Charania on Twitter
February 26, 2020, 1:47 pmDario SaricPF, Phoenix Suns
Dario Saric will start Wednesday's game due to the injury to Kelly Oubre Jr.
Saric scored 14 points in only 16 minutes on Monday. Sporadic usage has really hurt his fantasy value, but he could be a decent DFS play against the Clippers.
Source: Gina Mizell on Twitter
February 26, 2020, 1:44 pmNorvel PelleC, Philadelphia Sixers
Norvel Pelle will miss Wednesday's game due to illness.
It's an upper respiratory ailment. Pelle has rebounding and shot blocking ability but simply doesn't play enough to hold fantasy value.
Source: Keith Pompey on Twitter
February 26, 2020, 1:42 pmEric GordonSG, Houston Rockets
Eric Gordon (bruised right knee) will not play during Wednesday's game.
Gordon was forced to leave Monday's game early. Ben McLemore should be the primary beneficiary of his absence.
Source: Jonathan Feigen on Twitter
February 26, 2020, 1:39 pmAndre DrummondC, Cleveland Cavaliers
Andre Drummond (left calf strain) has been ruled out of Wednesday's game.
It has not been a smooth transition for Drummond after being traded to the Cavs.
Kevin Love, Tristan Thompson, and Larry Nance Jr. could each receive a small bump in playing time against the Sixers. Cedi Osman will likely be relied upon more as well.
Source: NBA Injury Report
February 26, 2020, 1:31 pmDraymond GreenPF, Golden State Warriors
Draymond Green (right pelvic contusion) is expected to play during Thursday's game against the Lakers.
His return could mean fewer minutes for Kevon Looney and Eric Paschall. The Warriors have been very conservative with Green this season but he's worth owning for the rebounds, assists, and steals.
Source: San Francisco Chronicle
February 26, 2020, 1:17 pmEdmond SumnerPG, Indiana Pacers
Edmond Sumner (sore left hip) is considered questionable for Thursday's game against the Blazers.
Sumner hasn't played since February 8. He's not worth owning in fantasy.
Source: Jamie Goldberg on Twitter
February 26, 2020, 1:08 pmVictor OladipoSG, Indiana Pacers
Victor Oladipo (sore lower back) is listed as questionable for Thursday's game.
Oladipo hasn't played since leaving Friday's game but hopefully won't be out for much longer. He has struggled with his shot so far, but that can be expected after missing so much time. Aaron Holiday played 30 minutes on Tuesday in his absence.
Source: Jamie Goldberg on Twitter
February 26, 2020, 12:30 pmDe'Andre HunterSF, Atlanta Hawks
De'Andre Hunter (right ankle sprain) is not on the injury report and is expected to play during Wednesday's game.
Hunter had previously been listed as probable. He has averaged 13.7 points, 6.1 rebounds, 1.7 assists, and 1.6 steals in his last ten contests.
Source: Atlanta Hawks on Twitter
February 26, 2020, 12:19 pmTrae YoungPG, Atlanta Hawks
Trae Young (illness) is considered questionable for Wednesday's game.
Young has been experiencing flu-like symptoms. While nobody on the roster can adequately fill his shoes, Jeff Teague is likely to fill in if Young takes the night off.
Source: Brad Rowland on Twitter