October 13, 2017, 9:08 am
Nothing like ending your preseason against the defending champs in their own house. That’s exactly what the Kings do tonight when they head to Oakland to face the defending champion Warriors.
If that weren’t enough of a trial, the Kings will more than likely be playing with a short-handed roster. De’Aaron Fox will likely miss his second game after injuring his back against Portland, George Hill hurt his groin last night and Bogdan Bogdanovic injured his ankle and both are more than likely going to miss tonight’s contest.
In addition to those injuries, vets like Vince Carter and Zach Randolph will probably see very limited roles in the second of a back to back.
The Kings will have to work with what they’ve got, which is still a couple players primed to either start or see significant minutes this year.
Skal Labissiere and Willie Cauley-Stein headline Sacramento’s 1-4 roster as they try to get back on the right track just before the regular season.
Cauley-Stein has had a couple solid outings as of late putting up eight points and eight boards in a loss against Portland and 10 and seven against the Clippers.
For the Warriors, it’ll be there first game since returning from China where they dropped 142 points on the Timberwolves. It will also be the first time new Warrior Omri Casspi will face his previous team since signing with the Dubs in free agency.
The Kings will have to defend better than they did yesterday when they allowed the Clippers to shoot 52 percent. Additionally, the team’s offense will need to wake up. In their two games this week they’re shooting 39.5 percent from the field.
PG – Frank Mason
SG – Buddy Hield
SF – Justin Jackson
PF – Skal Labissiere
C – Willie Cauley-Stein
De’Aaron Fox – back
George Hill – groin
Bogdan Bogdanovic – ankle
HOW TO WATCH:
When: 7:30 p.m. PST (4 p.m. EST)
Where: NBC Sports Bay Area
June 26, 2019, 1:18 pmKawhi Leonard - SF - Toronto Raptors
According to Ian Begley of SNY, there are multiple teams expressing interest in pairing Kawhi Leonard and Jimmy Butler this summer.
Leonard does not care about teaming up with other stars, but people around the league believe that he and Butler would get along and enjoy playing with one another. It makes some sense given their obsessive approaches to the game. The team with the best shot at it appears to be the Clippers — the other frontrunner for Kawhi, Toronto, does not have the space to absorb Butler, while the teams most interested in Butler do not have the space or pitches to attract Leonard. It's highly unlikely that the duo ends up together, but stranger things have happened.
June 26, 2019, 1:12 pmThomas Robinson - PF - San Antonio Spurs
Thomas Robinson will be joining the Spurs for Summer League.
The former 5th overall pick has bounced around the league and recently spent time with Maine in the G-League. Robinson last appeared in the NBA in 2016-17 and has stints with the Kings, Rockets, Blazers, Sixers, Nets and Lakers under his belt. Perhaps this will be the stint that establishes his place in the league.
Source: JD Shaw on Twitter
June 26, 2019, 1:08 pmOmer Asik - C - Chicago Bulls
The NBA has removed Omer Asik from Chicago’s salary books because of his career-ending injury/illness.
Asik missed eight months because of Crohn’s disease back in the 2016-17 season and has only played in 14 games since, missing all of last season. He was ruled out indefinitely because of inflammatory arthritis last summer and his NBA days are officially over. The Bulls add about $3 million in cap space as a result.
Source: Shams Charania on Twitter
June 26, 2019, 1:03 pmJosh Reaves - SG - Dallas Mavericks
The Mavs will add Josh Reaves to their Summer League roster and sign him to an Exhibit 10 contract.
The Exhibit 10 means that he’ll be paid at the minimum for one year with the Mavs having the option of converting his deal to a two-way contract before the season begins. If that were to happen, one of the team’s current two-way contract holders, Daryl Macon or Kostas Antetokounmpo, will need to be waived. Reaves spent four seasons at Penn State where he showcased top-flight defensive abilities and averaged 2.1 steals and 0.8 blocks for his career. If he can fix his jumper then the Mavs will have a solid 3-and-D prospect to work with.
Source: Brad Townsend on Twitter
June 26, 2019, 12:59 pmDanuel House - PF - Houston Rockets
The Rockets are expected to give Danuel House a qualifying offer in the coming days.
Houston played contract chicken with House last season after he used up the NBA days on his contract, but they did eventually bring him back for the postseason. House was a solid part of the rotation and figures to play a steady role for the Rockets this year given their lack of depth.
Source: Jonathan Feigen on Twitter
June 26, 2019, 12:39 pmTyus Jones - PG - Minnesota Timberwolves
The Wolves have extended a qualifying offer to Tyus Jones, per Adrian Wojnarowski, meaning he will be a restricted free agent.
Jones allegedly asked for a trade last offseason before Tom Thibodeau reassured him that a larger role was coming. Instead, the team added Derrick Rose. Jones is too good for the Wolves to let him go UFA without having the chance to match, but given their reported interest in players like D'Angelo Russell, it certainly doesn't look like Jones will play a serious role. There's standard-league potential with Jones if he ever gets the proper playing time, so fantasy players should be hoping that another team produces an offer that's too rich for Minnesota.
Source: Adrian Wojnarowski on Twitter
June 26, 2019, 12:23 pmAllen Crabbe - SG - Atlanta Hawks
Allen Crabbe was arrested for DUI in California on Tuesday night, per a report from TMZ.
TMZ also adds that Crabbe blew the legal limit of .08, resulting in him being booked for a misdemeanor DUI. There could be some supplemental discipline headed his way, but it will not be anything major.
June 26, 2019, 12:17 pmKevin Durant - SF - Golden State Warriors
Kevin Durant (torn Achilles) is headed for unrestricted free agency after deciding to decline his player option.
Durant's injury, which will take all of next season to heal, cast some doubt on whether he would pass up $31.5 million, but it's unlikely that teams would allow that to limit their offers to Durant. He's drawing interest from the Warriors, Knicks, Nets and surely other teams we haven't heard about, but word is that the Nets are prepared to offer KD a four-year max. His decision will be the first big domino in free agency.
Source: Adrian Wojnarowski on Twitter
June 26, 2019, 12:13 pmBol Bol - C - Denver Nuggets
Bol Bol might not play in Summer League.
Bol is apparently fully recovered from a stress fracture in his left foot but the Nuggets will take things slow with their new center. It's possible that he does end up suiting up, but that depends on what the doctors decide is the best course of action. Bol will at least be in Vegas to get to know some of his teammates and learn the playbook a bit, but it would be a real shame if we didn't get to see him on the court.
Source: Katy Winge on Twitter
June 26, 2019, 11:20 amKevin Durant - SF - Golden State Warriors
Anthony Slater of the Athletic is reporting that the Warriors aren't seriously exploring the possibility of a delayed sign-and-trade of Kevin Durant.
There has been speculation in the media that the Warriors could sign Durant to a five-year, $221 million contract with the understanding that they trade him to his preferred destination at a later date. Brian Windhorst specifically called it “a last-ditch” effort on the Warriors’ part to avoid losing KD in free agency with no return. It would take a strong level of trust on Durant’s part to agree to such a deal, but the Warriors would be smart to help facilitate a trade to wherever he wants to go.
Source: The Athletic