• Sacramento will have a tough task in front of them Sunday night when they try to snap a 12-game losing streak at the Target Center.

    The Kings will be somewhat familiar with the Wolves’ roster from their matchup against them in mid-December. Minnesota won that game decisively, but the Kings will head into tonight’s game with a much different looking group.

    Sacramento is in the process of handing more responsibility to their younger players, and while the inexperience will certainly hurt them against a team as good as the Wolves, their athleticism will make them a pesky group to deal with.

    De’Aaron Fox had some struggles guarding Damian Lillard in his last game, but his play in recent weeks has been encouraging to say the least.  Fox is starting to use his speed to his advantage on a more regular basis and figures to be a tough matchup for Jeff Teague.

    One of the key concerns Sunday will be handling the Wolves’ frontcourt. The size of Karl-Anthony Towns and Taj Gibson will be a clear advantage, and Gorgui Dieng gives Tom Thibodeau a similarly-physical player to utilize as a backup.

    Willie Cauley-Stein will be the player tasked with stopping Towns, and while he is the team’s best candidate to do so he was not able to contain him in their last matchup. If Cauley-Stein is locked in defensively, the Kings will have a much better chance to steal a win.

    The Kings will also be working with much less depth than they had a few weeks ago. There had been an opportunity in past matchups to exploit the fact that Thibodeau plays his key players heavy minutes, but recent roster moves and a few injuries will make that tough tonight.

    George Hill, Georgios Papagiannis and Malachi Richardson were all casualties of the Kings’ roster moves at the trade deadline, but the team may not be getting much of a contribution from their newly added players.

    Joe Johnson has since been bought out by the team, and Iman Shumpert will be sitting with a foot injury. Bruno Caboclo may see the court, but he hasn’t been exposed to much at the NBA-level and isn’t likely to provide too much at the beginning of this tenure with the team.

    Sacramento will want to head out of Minnesota with the win, but they have made it clear that their focus will be on development. The good news there is that the Kings will need some big performances from their young players to pull off the upset.

    PROJECTED STARTERS

    PG – De’Aaron Fox

    SG – Garrett Temple

    SF – Bogdan Bogdanovic

    PF – Zach Randolph

    C – Willie Cauley-Stein

    INJURY REPORT

    Frank Mason (heel) – OUT

    Skal Labissiere (shoulder) – OUT

    Iman Shumpert (foot) – OUT

    HOW TO WATCH

    When: 4:00 p.m. PST (7:00 p.m. ET)

    Where: NBCS California

Fantasy News

  • Kevin Knox
    SF, New York Knicks

    Coach Fizdale told the Knicks players that no starters have been determined and players had to earn their minutes.

    Kevin Knox will battle with veteran Marcus Morris for the starting small forward spot. Knox has been working on getting his body stronger to be able to take on more contact on drives to the basket. Last season as a rookie, he averaged 12.8 points on a putrid 37 percent from the field. Knox will look to get more looks closer to the basket and increase his field goal percentage to more respectable levels. Knox provided little else outside of points and rebounds last season and will need to improve his shooting and defense to be considered a standard-league player.

    Source: New York Post

  • Bol Bol
    C, Denver Nuggets

    According to Nick Kosmider of The Athletic, Bol Bol could spend his entire rookie season in the G-League.

    Bol Bol was not drafted to be an immediate impact player, but just fell too late fore the Nuggets liking. The 44th overall pick needs to bulk up and show that he could take the bumps and bruises before having his chance on the big stage.

    Source: Nick Kosmider of The Athletic

  • Kawhi Leonard
    SF, Los Angeles Clippers

    After speaking with Doc Rivers and Lawrence Frank, Dan Woike's takeaway is that Kawhi Leonard's "load management" will not be as strict as it was last year.

    It was reported in July that Kawhi said he wants to play all next season fully and approach load management on a game-to-game basis so this is further confirmation that he will most likely play more than the 60 games he played last year but surely won't play all 82 either. Kurt Helin of NBC Sports speculates that this could be for several reasons. One could be that Leonard can take on more now that he is a little healthier while he believes the Clippers might also limit his per-game minutes to help him play more games. The other idea is that because the Western Conference is so deep, the Clippers will not be able to get a good seed if Leonard sits too many games. Fantasy wise, Leonard finished last season seventh in per game value but 18th in total value since he played only 60 games. Near the top of the second round would be a great place to snag him if he plays around 70 games this season.

    Source: Dan Woike on Twitter

  • Malik Beasley
    SG, Denver Nuggets

    The Nuggets want to extend Malik Beasley and Juan Hernagomez before the October 21 deadline.

    The Nuggets already locked up one of their 2016 first-round picks (Jamal Murray) to a long-term deal and now want to do the same with their other two 2016 first-round picks, Hernangomez and Beasley. If not, the two will likely become restricted free-agents at the end of the season. Both players saw stretches of big minutes last season due to injuries but at full health, Beasley was around 20 minutes per game while Hernangomez was at around 10. Fantasy wise, neither player puts up big defensive stats but Beasley is a very efficient shooter with low turnovers, knocking down 2.0 triples per game last year, putting him near top-150 value at only 23.2 minutes per game. Hernangomez is a decent rebounder and knocked down 0.9 triples per game but he would need closer to 30 minutes per game to be a factor in standard leagues.

    Source: Denver Post

  • OG Anunoby
    SF, Toronto Raptors

    Coach Nick Nurse intends to put OG Anunoby "back out there in a primary role."

    With Kawhi Leonard vacating the starting small forward spot, Anunoby is the leading candidate to take the role. Before the arrival of Leonard, Anunoby started 62 games in his rookie season. Last season he started 6 out of 67 games, and missed the entire playoffs due to an emergency appendectomy. He averaged 7.0 points, 2.9 rebounds, 0.7 assists, 0.7 steals and 0.3 blocks over 20.2 minutes per game, while shooting 45.3 percent from the floor, 33.2 percent from 3-point range and 58.1 percent from the free-throw line. He can be picked up as a late round flier in drafts.

    Source: The Athletic

  • Daryl Macon
    PG, Miami Heat

    The Heat have signed Daryl Macon.

    Macon getting picked up by another NBA squad after a solid Summer League campaign is not a shocker. If he were to crack the rotation he would post a nice assist rate, but it is unlikely Macon will be getting playing time unless something goes terribly wrong for the Heat this season.

    Source: NBA

  • Tahjere McCall
    F, Atlanta Hawks

    The Hawks signed Tahjere McCall from their Summer League team.

    This is just a depth signing for the Hawks. He shouldn't see much court time on the NBA floor if he makes the main roster out of camp

    Source: Kevin Chouinard on Twitter

  • Thabo Sefolosha
    SF, Houston Rockets

    Marc Stein is reporting that the Rockets will sign Thabo Sefolosha.

    Sefolosha was among the names at a recent mini camp, and he should make for a nice fit as a defensive stopper off the bench. The Rockets have a pretty thin group of reserves so we'd expect Sefolosha to be a regular rotation player, which puts him on the board as a steals specialist in deep leagues.

    Source: Marc Stein on Twitter

  • Tyler Zeller
    C, Denver Nuggets

    The Nuggets have signed C Tyler Zeller to the training camp roster on Thursday.

    Zeller played all of six games last season with the Hawks and Grizzlies. Zeller will try to latch on as a third-string C for the Nuggets' deep frontcourt. Zeller is off the fantasy radar.

    Source: Chris Dempsey on Twitter

  • Luke Kennard
    SG, Detroit Pistons

    Coach Dwane Casey said that he is not sure if he will start Luke Kennard or have him run a lot of the second-team offense.

    In addition, Casey mentioned that Kennard dealt with some knee tendinitis earlier this summer. Kennard is likely competing with Bruce Brown Jr. for the starting two-guard spot. We'll see how the rotation starts to shape in the preseason, but both players will get minutes either way.

    Source: NBA