July 9, 2018, 12:51 am
The Kings have fallen to 0-2 in Las Vegas after a 78-88 loss to the Los Angeles Clippers on Sunday night.
Harry Giles got off to a solid start, scoring six points before his first breather. He continues to be active on defense and aggressive offensively, and he might have put any concerns about his knees to rest with this jam in the first quarter:
— NBA TV (@NBATV) July 9, 2018
The Kings had their best quarter of play in Summer League so far. They showed coherency and shared the ball, something they certainly didn’t do last night against the Suns. Justin Jackson looked great early on with 10 points on 3-of-7 shooting from the field (2-of-4 3PT), too, helping Sacramento to a 24-18 lead after the first period.
The game remained on a fairly consistent trajectory in the second quarter. The Kings managed to keep their noses in front, led by Jackson, who had elevated his points total to 15 on 5-of-9 shooting. His inconsistency through five Summer League games isn’t the greatest sign, but every now and then he looks great on offense and offers some hope for the regular season. Defensively, he’s still got a lot of work to do and that’s probably the area that will earn him regular minutes moving forward. Sacramento held a 45-42 lead at the half.
Giles didn’t play in the second half after looking a little gassed through the first 20 minutes. The Kings have since come out saying there is no injury to report, and that they decided to rest him because of the busy playing schedule. He finished with eight points and five rebounds in 14 minutes of play.
Harry Giles is perfectly fine. The only reasons for his absence in the second half tonight is due to the Kings 5 games in 7 nights summer schedule and the coaching staff allowing other bigs to get a look.
— James Ham (@James_HamNBCS) July 9, 2018
Giles’ absence might have stalled the offense a little, as the Clippers worked their way back and tied the game at 66 heading into the fourth quarter. Jackson, though, had 26 points and four 3-pointers to pace the Kings. Aside from Jackson, the Kings only had one other player (Frank Mason) in double figures at that stage.
The Clippers started making shots and jumped out to a 12-point lead early in the fourth. Sacramento went on an 8-0 run of their own to close the gap to four points, but the Clippers managed to hold on for the win. They simply got hot in the second half and were making shots more consistently than the Kings.
Jackson finished with 28 points, four rebounds and two assists on 10-of-19 shooting and 4-of-7 from three to lead the Kings. He was aggressive and looking to score whenever he was on the floor, and that’s when he’s truly at his best. It was a promising game for Jackson after a rough outing last night.
Mason managed 12 points, six assists and one steal in 30 minutes. He shot just 5-of-16 from the field and 0-of-3 from three. Mason’s playmaking has been absent so far and that’s a concern. It’s a big reason why the Kings have struggled on offense during Summer League play and it’s not a great look for Mason, who’s currently the backup point guard on the team.
Zach Auguste and Wenyen Gabriel had their best games to this point, each grabbing 10 boards to go with eight points apiece.
The Kings will have a day off before playing the Grizzlies on Tuesday.
June 23, 2019, 9:20 pmPaul George - SF - Oklahoma City Thunder
Paul George is expected to miss most of the preseason as he recovers from surgery to repair his right rotator cuff and left labrum.
George is coming off a fantastic season, and it's unlikely that this will scare any fantasy players off from taking PG in the first round. That said, if he's already expected to miss most of the preseason, that won't leave a lot of leeway if any setbacks arise. There's no need to worry about George for the time being but keep your eyes open for updates on his progress as the summer rolls on.
Source: The Oklahoman
June 23, 2019, 9:16 pmDeAndre Jordan - C - New York Knicks
The Lakers have reportedly shown interest in DeAndre Jordan.
Jordan is in a strange spot, entering his decline at a position that is increasingly looking for more versatile skillsets than he has to offer but still good enough to command a large-ish paycheck. It's unlikely that he gets a big deal from the Lakers, as it means they'll have failed to spend their money elsewhere, but he'd fit as a lob threat and rebounder. His fantasy stock should be fairly predictable as long as he doesn't end up in a timeshare situation.
June 23, 2019, 8:32 pmChris Paul - PG - Houston Rockets
According to the Houston Chronicle, Chris Paul says he has not asked to be traded and downplays supposed rift with James Harden.
This corroborates statements made by Rockets GM Daryl Morey earlier in the month denying rumors that there was a rift between Harden and Paul. While the Rockets are exploring options to improve their roster for the season, it appears that Paul is unlikely to be moved.
Source: Houston Chronicle
June 23, 2019, 7:33 pmKawhi Leonard - SF - Toronto Raptors
Chris Haynes of Yahoo Sports is reporting that Kawhi Leonard will decline his player option and test unrestricted free agency, though he is "seriously considering" re-signing with the Raptors.
There's nothing more that the Raptors could've possibly done in their first and potentially only year with Leonard, making a concerted effort to keep him healthy and fresh while amassing solid depth around him on a run to a championship. Leonard will have plenty of teams pitching him when free agency opens, with the Nets, Lakers and Knicks in the mix and the Clippers thought to be the biggest threat. The Raptors can pay Leonard more than any other team, but if the superstar wants to play close to home then there's not much they can do about it. Still, his one year in Toronto makes a pretty compelling case that sticking around would be the best move for his career.
Source: Yahoo Sports
June 23, 2019, 3:35 pmYovel Zoosman - F - International
Yovel Zoosman, who was not selected in Thursday’s draft, is focused on landing with an NBA team despite a four-year offer on the table from Maccabi Tel Aviv.
Zoosman was widely expected to be chosen in the draft, and it’s not at all surprising that he feels he can make the jump. He may need to spend time in the G-League but the 21-year-old should be able to attract someone into giving him a shot. Our international hoops expert, Dio Nikiforos, calls Zoosman a more athletic version of Omri Casspi with a 7-foot wingspan and the ability to guard multiple positions.
Source: JD Shaw on Twitter
June 23, 2019, 3:29 pmGustavo Ayon - PF - International
Gustavo Ayon is eyeing a return to the NBA.
Ayon last played in the NBA way back in 2014, when he appeared in 26 games with the Hawks. He would undergo season-ending shoulder surgery and has been playing overseas since. Ayon has been playing with ACB and EuroLeague fixture Barcelona, and it’s unclear if any NBA teams are as interested in the 34-year-old as he is in them.
June 23, 2019, 12:42 pmVanja Marinkovic - PG - Sacramento Kings
60th overall pick Vanja Marinkovic would reportedly like to play for the Kings this season.
Marinkovic has a "modest" buyout clause for NBA or EuroLeague teams in his current pact with Partizan, and Vlade Divac has already hinted that he'd like to get Marinkovic over to the team. The 22-year-old is a steady shooter but will need some serious help on the defensive end to make some headway on a rotation spot.
June 23, 2019, 12:29 pmJaron Blossomgame - SF - Cleveland Cavaliers
Jaron Blossomgame will be headed to unrestricted free agency with the Cavs declining to extend him a qualifying offer.
Blossomgame had a couple weeks where the Cavs were giving him good minutes, but he didn't log any minutes over the final two months of the season. He should be able to find a spot in the G-League at the very least, but fantasy owners can look elsewhere for production.
Source: Chris Manning on Twitter
June 22, 2019, 11:25 pmWillie Cauley-Stein - C - Sacramento Kings
According to Jason Anderson of the Sacramento Bee, Wilie Cauley-Stein has decided that he "wants a new opportunity with another team."
The Kings can extend WCS a qualifying offer, making him a restricted free agent. The team responded to the statement made by Cauley-Stein's representation that he "needs a fresh start," saying “Willie is a great player who has shown he can fit our style of play,” the team said. WCS was one of the more frustrating big men to own in fantasy last season due to his inconsistency, so maybe a change of scenery might do his value some good. Hopefully.
Source: Sacramento Bee
June 22, 2019, 5:53 pmNaz Mitrou-Long - SG - Utah Jazz
Naz Mitrou-Long is expected to play for the Cavs in Summer League.
Mitrou-Long was on a two-way deal with the Jazz last season but didn't make much of an impact in 14 games. Teams like Cleveland should be taking shots on just about anyone, so we'll see how NML looks in Vegas.
Source: Eric Woodyard on Twitter