• 2017-18 averages: 59 G | 57 GS | 25.6 MP | 14.5 PTS | 6.7 REB | 2.2 AST | 0.7 STL | 0.2 BLK | 2.0 TOV | 47.3 FG% | 34.7 3P% | 78.5 FT% |

    What an interesting season it was for Zach Randolph. When he signed a two-year, $24 million deal with the Kings last offseason, many were optimistic about how he might contribute to the team. Randolph, nonetheless, was exactly as advertised for the Kings.

    The 36-year-old veteran is well-known for his offensive intangibles and he was more than serviceable for the Kings on that end of the court. Randolph’s low post scoring has been a successful trait of his throughout the duration of his career, but on a rebuilding team like Sacramento he certainly showed a tendency to hurl 3-pointers often – at a career-high rate, nonetheless. His 2.5 3-point attempts per game stood tall over his previous career high of 1.9 attempts per game back in the 2008-09 season. The 0.9 3-pointers he made per game was also the highest mark since that same season.

    His duel with former King DeMarcus Cousins back in December was one of the most entertaining games of the season. Randolph dropped 35 points with five 3-pointers, and was instrumental in getting the Kings the victory.

    Randolph served as the No. 1 option on the team through the first few months, averaging 18.1 points per game in December alone. His random offensive explosions proved to be big for the Kings on multiple occasions throughout the season, and it’s probably fair to say he exceeded all expectations on offense purely based on those outbursts. On the whole, he was a solid offensive option for Sacramento.

    Randolph didn’t play in the team’s final nine games, making way for the likes of Skal Labissiere, Jack Cooley and Nigel Hayes, among others. He wasn’t alone, however, as most of the team’s veterans were in a similar position and he was more than aware what he was signing up for back in July.

    One of the major positives of signing a guy like Randolph was the off-court presence he brings to a team. He has a tremendous basketball mind and the knowledge that he has been able to pass on to Labissiere, Harry Giles and the other bigs on the roster is invaluable. Giles mentioned it specifically in this interview.

    Defensively, though, it’s another story. Randolph has always struggled on defense, but those deficiencies have become even more apparent during his lone season with the Kings. They were present during his time in Memphis, but playing next to a guy like Marc Gasol – and on a superior team defensively overall – helped hide the issues.

    Randolph was constantly burned by whoever he was guarding, especially by more agile big men, and it really hurt the Kings on multiple occasions. The team as a whole was incredibly bad on defense, posting a defensive rating of 111.1, third worst in the league. Randolph, himself, posted a defensive rating of 111, the second worst mark of his career and worst since 2005-06.

    With $12 million guaranteed on his contract for next season it’s likely that Randolph sticks around. Like he did during the 2017-18 campaign, Randolph may get extended minutes out of the gate, but you can almost certainly expect that to drop as the season progresses. Stomaching the defensive downside that be brings to the table will be worth it for Sacramento, who are still in rebuilding mode and will be for the next few years to come.

    Randolph’s presence on the sidelines is huge, just like it was having someone like Vince Carter around, so fans should be perfectly fine if he’s is still around come October.

    It’s easy to complain about his defense but his contributions overall probably outweighed the negatives this season, and that’s all fans should really be asking for from a 16-year NBA veteran.

Fantasy News

  • Romeo Langford - G - College

    Romeo Langford said that his right thumb surgery recovery is ‘going good’ and that he expects to be ready to go for Summer League.

    The injury was never thought of being anything serious so this is right about where his recovery should be expected. Following a rough shooting season, the 19 year old guard has seen his draft value fluctuate a good amount since the beginning of the year, going from a sure-fire top 10 pick to floating around as a mid-first rounder. Still, he possesses solid two-way potential and could see some early playing time depending on the situation he lands in.

    Source: Scott Agness on Twitter

  • Dejounte Murray - G - San Antonio Spurs

    Meeting with reporters on Wednesday, Dejounte Murray said he has begun 4-on-4 scrimmages and expressed confidence that he will be ready for training camp.

    Murray seems to be on course to meet the timetable he was hit with after tearing his ACL a year ago. The young guard still figures to play a prominent role with the Spurs when he is able to suit up and should still carry some of that luster of fantasy potential that he carried at the beginning of last season. We'd like to see how he looks in the preseason before sounding off the hype alarms again but he could be a productive, top-70 type of guy once he returns to full speed.

    Source: San Antonio Express-News

  • RJ Barrett - SG/SF - College

    The Knicks decided to work out prospect Darius Garland on Wednesday but Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN has reported that they will still be selecting Duke prospect RJ Barrett with the third overall pick.

    It was very confusing for Knick fans today as the team decided to workout PG prospect Darius Garland a day before the draft. However, with the Pelicans potentially shopping the No. 4 pick, perhaps the Knicks were attempting to see what assets would be worth parting in order to acquire Garland and pair him with Barrett. They probably don’t have the assets that the Pelicans desire, but it is always worth a phone call.

    Source: Adrian Wojnarowski on Twitter

  • Travis Schlenk - Team - Atlanta Hawks

    The Hawks have traded their second round pick, No. 44, to the Heat in exchange for a conditional 2024 second-rounder and cash considerations.

    The Heat had only one pick (No. 13) in the draft before acquiring this pick from the Hawks. They are currently hamstrung financially so they may have done this to add a player to their roster who they can add for the price tag of a second-rounder. The Hawks did this as they had six picks in this year’s draft and already have a roster filled with young talent. With five picks after this trade, the Hawks will continue to stay active in trade talks as there is no way that they add five rookies to their already youthful roster.

    Source: Chris Vivlamore

  • Darius Garland - PG - College

    According to John Gambadoro, the Pelicans are receiving plenty of interest from other teams who are looking to move up to the No. 4 pick to select point guard Darius Garland.

    The Pelicans have agreed to trade Anthony Davis to the Lakers and one piece that they would receive in return is the 4th overall pick in this year’s draft. With several teams interested in acquiring the Vanderbilt product, the Pelicans may look to move down in the draft while trying to acquire a veteran who can help this young core compete as soon as this upcoming season.

    Source: John Gambadoro on Twitter

  • Steven Adams - C - Oklahoma City Thunder

    According to Jake Fischer of SI, the Thunder are looking to shed salaries of players like Steven Adams, Dennis Schroeder and Andre Roberson to get under the salary cap and are willing to toss in the No. 21 pick to sweeten the deal.

    Fischer isn't typically a big newsbreaker but there have been several stories indicating that the Thunder are attempting to shed some salary. Steven Adams has two more years on his contract that will pay him a total of $53M. Despite the big price tag, there will be interest in the Kiwi by some teams with cap space in need of a rim protector, especially when the Thunder throw in a first round pick.

    Source: Jake Fischer on Twitter

  • David Vanterpool - Team - Minnesota Timberwolves

    The Wolves have hired David Vanterpool as an assistant coach.

    Vanterpool was a popular name on the interview circuit this summer but ultimately did not land a head coaching job. An assistant with Portland for the last seven seasons, one would expect that Vanterpool's responsibilities will increase in Minnesota.

    Source: Timberwolves PR on Twitter

  • Al Horford - F/C - Boston Celtics

    Kevin O'Connor of The Ringer is reporting that the Mavs, Lakers and Clippers have all shown interest in Al Horford, with some of O'Connor's sources indicating that the Mavs are the frontrunners.

    Horford was expected to re-sign with the Celtics but the two didn't appear to be aligned in what they wanted moving forward, and rumors have Horford set to cash in on a four-year deal worth more than $100 million. He is an extremely malleable player who does almost everything at a high level, and his availability drastically changes the open market. Horford is a fit on just about any team build and should have no problem commanding a big offer come June 30. He'd be a fantastic pickup for any of the three teams mentioned, and his fit in Dallas next to two young, do-it-all stars would be great entertainment.

    Source: The Ringer

  • Ja Morant - G - College

    Ja Morant says he’s pain-free after undergoing a surgery to remove loose bodies from his right knee, and also expects to play in Summer League.

    Morant is widely expected to be taken by the Grizzlies at No. 2 overall in Thursday’s draft, and Wednesday’s trade of Mike Conley completely clears the runway for Morant to play a ton right out of the gates. Delon Wright will also be around and is good enough to push Morant for minutes to an extent, but the Grizzlies figure to spend most of the season exploring a Morant – Jaren Jackson Jr. pairing and figuring out what works around that. Barring a draft night surprise, Morant looks like one of the safer rookies to project in terms of sheer opportunity. There was some worry that his knee procedure would put him behind the eight ball but it no longer seems like that will be the case.

    Source: Ben Golliver on Twitter

  • Kyle Korver - G/F - Memphis Grizzlies

    Kyle Korver, who will be traded to the Grizzlies when they complete Wednesday's Mike Conley deal, is expected to play one more season, and possibly another beyond that per Marc Stein.

    Korver, 38, was said to be mulling retirement but it looks as though he's going to give it another crack. A notorious fitness nut, Korver keeps himself in great shape and relies on a skill that hasn't degraded at all with age. His place on a rebuilding team is questionable, however, and it would be surprising if he spent the entire season in Memphis. Consider him the same 3-point specialist he always is.

    Source: Marc Stein on Twitter