July 5, 2018, 10:38 pm
The Kings reportedly offered G/F Mario Hezonja a multi-year deal before he agreed to terms with the New York Knicks, according to Jason Jones of the Sacramento Bee.
Sacramento, per Jones, also offered more money than the Knicks:
“The Kings pursued free agent Mario Hezonja to fill their need for a small forward, offering slightly more money than the reported one-year, $6.5 million contract he accepted from New York, according to a league source. Hezonja only wanted to sign for a year while the Kings sought a longer commitment to help establish continuity on the roster.”
Many free agents are being forced to sign one-year deals this summer due to the serious lack of cap room most teams have. The Kings still have about $17 million in space, but Jones says the team would prefer to use that up via a trade.
“With no deals imminent, the Kings will focus on the trade market, looking to take advantage of having about $17 million under the cap to absorb a contract that could land a coveted veteran small forward. A deal could also mean taking on a contract another team finds undesirable and would be willing to package with a first-round pick, which the Kings lack in 2019.”
The Kings have reportedly expressed interest in restricted free agents Zach LaVine and Jabari Parker. However, LaVine is viewed more as a guard and would cause a log-jam, while Parker would overload the Kings at power forward.
Small forward options on the market are dwindling, so it’s no surprise to see the team seek an upgrade another way. Justin Jackson is currently the only full-time small forward on the roster.
April 20, 2019, 8:18 pmGary Harris - G - Denver Nuggets
Gary Harris only scored 8 points on 2-of-9 shooting with six boards, two assists, one steal and two 3-pointers in Saturday's win over the Spurs.
The inefficient night can be forgiven in tonight's matchup but the Nuggets need Harris to show up whenever Jamal Murray is struggling to find his groove. It's hard for him to find consistency in his game this year because of the myriad of injuries that he succumbed to this whole season.
April 20, 2019, 8:12 pmJamal Murray - G - Denver Nuggets
Jamal Murray played 31 minutes in Saturday's Game 4 win, scoring 24 points with two rebounds and three 3-pointers.
Murray decided to show up in Game 4 to help the Nuggets tie the series at 2-2 before heading back to Denver. The inconsistency is to be expected since he's still young but tonight, he was able to find his shot over Derrick White, who has been playing out of his mind in this series as well. The Blue Arrow needs to show up every night in order for the Nuggets to knock off the Spurs in their first round matchup.
April 20, 2019, 8:08 pmTorrey Craig - F - Denver Nuggets
Torrey Craig started in Saturday's win over the Spurs and tallied 18 points with eight rebounds, two steals, one block and five 3-pointers.
Craig made sure that Coach Mike Malone didn't make a mistake in putting him in the starting lineup by rewarding him with an efficient and all-around stat line in tonight's game. He was also 6-of-9 in the 37 minutes that he played in and was a key contributor in tonight's win over the Spurs.
April 20, 2019, 8:06 pmPaul Millsap - F - Denver Nuggets
Paul Millsap only scored two points on 1-of-7 shooting with four boards, one steal and one block in Saturday's win over the Spurs.
Millsap struggled in tonight's game but was still a positive difference for the Nuggets who needed to win tonight's game or risk being down 3-1 in this series. Handling LaMarcus Aldrige all night is a tough task for anyone so kudos to Millsap for staying on his hip the whole time he was on the court.
April 20, 2019, 8:03 pmDeMar DeRozan - G - San Antonio Spurs
DeMar DeRozan was ejected in the fourth quarter after arguing for a charge called on him.
DeRozan wasn't able to keep his cool in this one and got ejected after the referee didn't appreciate his gesture of throwing the ball in discontent. DeRozan finished the night with 19 points, five rebounds, five assists in 34 minutes of action before leaving the court.
Source: Ohm Youngmisuk
April 20, 2019, 7:16 pmBlake Griffin - F - Detroit Pistons
Blake Griffin (left knee soreness) will play in Game 3 on Saturday.
Griffin missed the first two games of the series and the Pistons got worked in both games. It's not too surprising that Griffin is active for the team's first home playoff game since 2015-16.
Source: Keith Langlois on Twitter
April 20, 2019, 6:54 pmRodions Kurucs - F - Brooklyn Nets
Rodions Kurucs did not play in Saturday's Game 4 loss to the Sixers.
The second round rookie started the first three games of the series but was a DNP-CD in this one. We'll see if he can get into Game 5 – or any games after if needed – but there's a chance his season is over. If it's over, it was an impressive first season for the second rounder and the Nets may have a real rotation piece going forward.
April 20, 2019, 6:50 pmDeMarre Carroll - F - Brooklyn Nets
DeMarre Carroll played 21 minutes after being removed from the starting lineup in Saturday's loss.
Carroll scored two points and missed all six of his shots. He did grab seven boards, including three on the offensive end. With Caris LeVert and Jared Dudley both contributing, Carroll will likely remain on the bench as a small-ball option.
April 20, 2019, 6:47 pmJJ Redick - G - Philadelphia Sixers
J.J. Redick scored nine points on 3-for-11 shooting in Saturday's Game 4 win.
Redick came back down from a big Game 3 performance. He did hit a clutch three towards the end of the game to give the Sixers a one-point lead and while it wasn't the difference maker, it was incredibly clutch. He'll need to play well consistently in round two – assuming they get there – if the Sixers want a chance at the Conference Finals.
April 20, 2019, 6:44 pmBen Simmons - G/F - Philadelphia Sixers
Ben Simmons scored 15 points with eight boards and eight assists in Saturday's 112-108 win against the Nets.
Simmons took more of a back seat with Joel Embiid back, as expected. The Sixers ended up eking out the win in this one and the Jared Dudley/Simmon feud got some more fuel under it. The Sixers are up 3-1, but this series has been incredibly entertaining from the start.