October 18, 2017, 9:42 pm
The Kings kept the game close throughout, but were ultimately beaten 105-100 by the Rockets in Sacramento.
Houston were without starting point guard Chris Paul tonight, but the team was carried to victory by a terrific game from James Harden. Harden Led all players with 27 points and nine assists.
Clint Capela gave the Kings trouble all night, scoring 22 points and grabbing 17 rebounds in the matchup. The Kings don’t have much size inside, so players like Capela are going to give the team problems this season.
Sacramento played well defensively holding the Rockets under 40% from the floor, but Houston’s 27-of-29 performance from the free throw line helped get them the win. The Kings will need to learn to defend without fouling, but the energy and effort were both great throughout.
Justin Jackson got the first start of his NBA career, playing just under 20 minutes overall as the team’s starting small forward. Jackson only scored five points in the game, but he should be able to make more of an impact as he gets acclimated.
Head coach Dave Joerger went with a younger starting lineup overall with Skal Labissiere, Buddy Hield and Willie Cauley-Stein joining Jackson in the starting five. George Hill is most likely a lock for the starting lineup, but the team will probably try plenty of combinations with the other four spots early in the season.
Buddy Hield was particularly good in the third quarter, scoring 10 points after a tough start to the game. Hield needs to work on his consistency and shot selection, but he is still one of the best scorers on the team.
De’Aaron Fox had a terrific debut, scoring 14 points while racking up five assists and four rebounds. Fox will have plenty of growth to do as the year goes on, but he already looks comfortable on both ends of the floor.
Sacramento’s next matchup comes Friday night when they face the Dallas Mavericks on the road.
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