• Despite a better-than-expected start to the season, Chris Haynes of Yahoo! Sports reported on Saturday that the Kings’ front office was dissatisfied with third-year head coach Dave Joerger:

    This story was a blow for many Kings fans who were beginning to believe that the team’s history of dysfunction could soon be a thing of the past, but a new story from Sam Amick of The Athletic on Monday morning painted an even clearer picture of the unhealthy power dynamics in the team’s front office:

    According to sources, Joerger has believed since last season that Kings assistant general manager Brandon Williams was on the lookout for a new coach to replace him. Yet Joerger, sources say, is not in danger of being fired anytime soon.

     

    While Amick indicates that the team is likely to avoid a scenario where Dave Joerger is let go, there is still a lot to unpack here.

    A fractured front office without a clear, singular voice is a recipe for disaster, and a leak like this seemingly coming from an assistant general manager shows a willingness to undermine the team to push an agenda.

    The rest of the article, which goes into great detail on the team’s current predicament, can be found here (subscription required).

    While the report does not specifically state that Williams was behind the leak, Jason Anderson of the Sacramento Bee helped advance the theory:

    It appears that Williams’ influence in the organization has grown since he joined the organization, but even if he was a proponent of moving on from Joerger (and had organizational support), the team’s recent success would render that discussion moot for most organizations.  The Kings are playing well and Joerger is pushing most of the right buttons.

    That’s before considering Vlade Divac’s role in overseeing all of this.  Theoretically he has the final say on everything, but owners in all sports can tilt the scales and the organizational structure is anything but clear.

    Not only was this report poorly received by fans, but Hoop Ball’s own Aaron Bruski shed some light on the front office’s frustration over the leak:

    While Williams has been in the spotlight for all of this, the role of chief operating officer Matina Kolokotronis should not be ignored.  She is not typically mentioned as often as other members of the front office, but her influence is far reaching:

    Amick’s article on the Athletic also noted Kolokotronis’ growing influence:

    By all accounts, Kolokotronis’ level of influence on both the business and basketball sides is at an all-time high. The same can’t be said for internal morale.

     

    All of this adds up to a very complicated and unsettled situation in Sacramento.  While there hasn’t been any irreparable damage done to the team, it’s not hard to see continued dysfunction if the root causes aren’t addressed.  It’s unclear what exactly needs to be done to resolve this, but the Kings cannot expect to move forward as a franchise with this type of instability at the top.

Fantasy News

  • Paul Millsap
    PF, Denver Nuggets

    Paul Millsap had a throwback game on Thursday, scoring 18 points on 7-of-14 shooting with nine rebounds, two assists and two triples.

    Millsap continues to turn back the clock with his performances and he did so in only 27 minutes tonight. This is all with Jerami Grant (12 points, six rebounds, two blocks and two triples) also providing value. Mason Plumlee (10 points, seven rebounds and two assists) was actually vital in tonight's double-digit deficit comeback. The main guy to own right now is Millsap, but beware of his mileage.

  • Taurean Prince
    SF, Brooklyn Nets

    Tauren Prince had an inefficient night shooting the ball on Thursday, going 5-for-15 from the floor on his way to 12 points with eight rebounds, two assists and two triples.

    Prince should be able to churn out some standard-league value while Caris LeVert (thumb) is sidelined for the next few weeks. He won't be as good as he was on the Hawks. but the points, triples and steals are still there and he's a top-90 player so far this year.

  • Joe Harris
    SF, Brooklyn Nets

    Joe Harris scored nine points on 4-of-11 shooting with three rebounds, a steal and a 3-pointer on Thursday.

    Harris was held to only nine points tonight and only attempted three shots from deep. He should be much better on the next one and while he won't light up the scoreboard, the triples should come at a higher rate.

  • Nikola Jokic
    C, Denver Nuggets

    Nikola Jokic led the Nuggets to their 101-93 win over the Nets on Thursday with 18 points on 8-of-14 shooting to go with 10 rebounds, three assists and two 3-pointers.

    Jokic's line is still under what he usually delivers and again, we're preaching patience here. He always takes a bit of time to warm up and there's no doubt in our minds that he'll be due for a top-15 finish.

  • Will Barton
    SG, Denver Nuggets

    Will Barton played a game-high 38 minutes on Thursday, scoring 17 points on 8-of-17 shooting with six rebounds and four assists.

    Barton had another solid night scoring the ball and the Nuggets offense should have enough usage for him to provide some decent value. The Nuggets are actually sputtering on offense, ranked 22th in ORTG on the year and they'll need Barton to continue to be himself on offense.

  • Malik Beasley
    SG, Denver Nuggets

    Malik Beasley sat out Thursday's game vs. the Nets with an illness.

    Beasley sitting gave more time for Monte Morris (19 minutes, 10 points, three rebounds, seven assists, a steal and a triple) and it's a known fact that Morris is standard-league value when he gets enough time. It's just a short-term injury though, so Beasley should be re-inserted again soon.

  • Jamal Murray
    PG, Denver Nuggets

    Jamal Murray had an awful game on Thursday, scoring four points on 1-of-11 shooting to go with five rebounds, four assists, a steal and a 3-pointer.

    Murray was getting all of the attention and collapsed on every time he drove in the paint. He's prone to some shooting slumps like this, but as we've seen before, he busts out of them in a huge way.

  • Gary Harris
    SG, Denver Nuggets

    Gary Harris filled up the stat sheet on Thursday, scoring ten points on 4-of-7 shooting with seven rebounds, two assists, two steals, a block and two triples.

    Harris's line was exactly what owners should be seeking. He got it done across the board and hit his triples. The top-40 days are long gone, but Harris is more than serviceable for standard leagues as the main man in Denver at shooting guard.

  • Kyrie Irving
    PG, Brooklyn Nets

    Kyrie Irving scored 17 points on 8-of-20 shooting to go with six rebounds, nine assists, a steal and a 3-pointer in Thursday's 93-101 loss to the Nuggets.

    Irving couldn't get his shot to fall in the second half, but he still delivered on the dimes tonight. He's still one of the top players in the league and if a slow stretch can pry open even the smallest buy-low window, you have to pounce on it. The only warning sign is his health as he played through a shoulder injury today.

  • Jarrett Allen
    C, Brooklyn Nets

    Jarret Allen scored 17 points on 7-of-10 shooting to go with 10 rebounds and a block on Thursday.

    Allen had a monster game, contesting almost every shot in the paint, but the Nets just couldn't keep things going in the second half. He's clearly the better player between he and DeAndre Jordan (17 minutes, zero points, 11 rebounds, three assists and a block) and it's good to see the minutes reflect that.