• The Kings will return to action Thursday afternoon when they play the final game of the California Classic against the Miami Heat.

    Sacramento appeared to be headed on a good path after a 98-93 victory on the opening night of the tournament, but a 71-54 blowout loss to the Warriors served as a reminder of just how raw these players still are.

    The absence of starting point guard De’Aaron Fox left the team searching for ways to generate offense Tuesday night.  The team finished with just nine assists against 14 turnovers, clearly struggling to find effective playmaking options outside of Frank Mason.

    The full recap of yesterday’s game, with stats and analysis, can be found HERE.

    The Kings will now look to finish the tournament with a winning record, and will need a win over the Miami Heat to do so.  Miami has been led to this point by Derrick Jones Jr., who finished with 21 points, three steals and four blocks in the team’s win over the Lakers.

    Justin Jackson bounced back well in the Kings’ last game finishing with a team-high 20 points, but Jones will be his biggest test of the tournament.  If Jackson can continue to contribute efficient offense while keeping Jones contained in transition it would be a huge boost for the Kings.

    Sophomore center Bam Adebayo has had some success controlling the glass and contributing a bit offensively, but his nine turnovers in two games have been a disappointment.  Despite his struggles, his size and physical style of play should be a great test for Marvin Bagley and Harry Giles.

    The key for Sacramento will be maintaining ball movement in the half court and staying aggressive in transition.  The Kings don’t have many playmakers on the roster, so they will need to find easier ways to generate offense.

    The team will also want to see if they can get Giles and Bagley going again before heading to Las Vegas.  The two combined for just 11 points on 5-for-25 shooting against the Warriors, a far cry from the promising offensive performance the two had in the first game.

    The Kings won’t worry too much about what their record looks like in the California Classic, but it’ll surely feel better to finish with a win.  If the team can stay disciplined and maximize their strengths offensively, they should be capable of a strong finish.

    Projected Starters:

    PG – Frank Mason III
    SG – Daxter Miles Jr.
    SF – Justin Jackson
    PF – Marvin Bagley III
    C – Harry Giles

    How to Watch:

    When: 2 pm PST (5 pm EST)
    Where: NBA TV

     

Fantasy News

  • Allen Crabbe
    SG, Atlanta Hawks

    Allen Crabbe (right knee arthroscopy) is unlikely to play until mid-to-late-November, according to coach Lloyd Pierce.

    Peirce will see how Crabbe performs once he starts practicing before integrating him into games. He underwent surgery in April and has yet to be completely recovered. He will likely see a limited role and can be left undrafted.

    Source: Sarah K Spencer on Twitter

  • Caleb Martin
    PG, Charlotte Hornets

    Caleb Martin has agreed to a partially guaranteed three-year deal with the Hornets.

    Caleb Martin went undrafted but has now joined twin brother Cody on the team. He will likely spend some time in the G League.

    Source: Shams Charania on Twitter

  • Rayjon Tucker
    PG, Milwaukee Bucks

    The Bucks have requested waivers on Rayjon Tucker, Trevor Lacey and Jemerrio Jones.

    Tucker appeared in three preseason games and averaged 3.3 points in 9.7 minutes per game. Lacey and Jones did not appear in any preseason games. All three players are likely to be headed to the G League.

    Source: Milwaukee Bucks on Twitter

  • Anzejs Pasecniks
    C, Washington Wizards

    Anzejs Pasecniks and Jalen Jones have been waived by the Wizards.

    Both players signed with the team on Wednesday and played in Friday's preseason game against the Sixers. Pasecniks racked up 4 points and 3 rebounds while Jones scored 7 points and grabbed 3 rebounds. Both players may end up in the G League.

    Source: Washington Wizards on Twitter

  • John Henson
    PF, Cleveland Cavaliers

    John Henson (right groin strain) is unlikely to play in the season opener on Wednesday.

    Henson has not been able to practice fully and missed every preseason game. Once healthy, Henson is expected to back up Tristan Thompson at center. It's worth noting that Henson is also dealing with an ankle injury as well, so this may be more than just a one game absence.

    Source: Chris Fedor of Cleveland.com

  • Jalen Adams
    PG, New Orleans Pelicans

    The Pelicans have waived Jalen Adams, Javon Bess and Kavell Bigby-Williams.

    It's the time for coaches to decide who will and will not make the 15 man roster. Adams, Bess and KBW will look to latch onto a G-League affiliate.

    Source: Pelicans PR on Twitter

  • Hassan Whiteside
    C, Portland Trail Blazers

    Hassan Whiteside (left ankle sprain) was limited to non-contact work during Saturday's practice, but expects to play in the Blazers' opener.

    Whiteside left Wednesday's preseason game after injuring his ankle through 16 minutes of play. Whiteside expects to be fine for Wednesday and is in line to have a bounce back season in his new threads.

    Source: Joe Freeman on Twitter

  • Max Strus
    PG, Boston Celtics

    The Celtics have waived Max Strus.

    The writing was on the wall with this one, as Javonte Green had been the frontrunner for the 15th and final roster spot.

    Source: Gary Washburn on Twitter

  • Jemerrio Jones
    PF, Milwaukee Bucks

    The Bucks have signed Jemerrio Jones.

    The Wizards waived Jones three days ago and he did not last long on the market. Jones spent time with the Lakers last season and averaged 4.5 points, 8.2 rebounds, 2.2 assists and 1.2 steals in 23.8 mpg.

    Source: Bucks PR on Twitter

  • Milton Doyle
    SG, Chicago Bulls

    The Bulls have waived Milton Doyle, Justin Simon and Simisola Shittu.

    Bulls head coach Jim Boylan mentioned using one of the possible two-way contracts on a player outside of the organization and the Bulls leaving themselves with 16 players on their rosters points to exactly that.

    Source: Bulls PR on Twitter