• The Kings’ season is going about as you had expected it to go. The team is losing a lot, losing their last seven games in fact, and currently sit dead last in the Western Conference. The veterans brought in during the offseason haven’t quite performed as projected, and the youngsters have been given the keys with just over 50 percent of the season behind us.

    With the February 8 trade deadline inching closer, the Kings are reportedly open to dealing some of their veterans – Kosta Koufos specifically – while George Hill is receiving interest from the Cavaliers. Both Koufos and Hill, along with the three other veterans on the team (Zach Randolph, Vince Carter and Garrett Temple), won’t bring back much in a trade. That’s just the reality of the situation as they’re either past their prime, under performing or signed to large contracts.

    The Utah Jazz are reportedly making G/F Rodney Hood available on the trade market, and at just 25 years old, Hood is a guy that the Kings should be taking a hard look at.

    Hood, who is set to be a restricted free agent this offseason, is having a career year in Utah averaging 16.7 points per game on 38.6 percent shooting from three (both career-highs). What makes his 3-point percentage, in particular, even more impressive is the fact that he’s taking 7.0 3-pointers per game and making 2.7 of those attempts – again, both career-highs. And that’s not it either.

    Hood is also recording career-highs in field goal attempts (14.5), field goals made (6.0), free throw percentage (86.2) and usage percentage (28.0). His numbers are seemingly up across the board and he’s developed into a reliable scoring option.

    Additionally, Hood has gone out of his way over the past two seasons to lay it on the Kings whenever the two teams matchup. In his last three games against the Kings, Hood is averaging 23.6 points on 60.9 percent shooting from the field and 59.0 percent from three. Those are some incredible numbers, and if you felt as though Hood went off on Sacramento every time he played them, you were right. The Kings have had a good look at Hood over the years to say the least.

    Oh, and Dave Joerger has an open fondness for him too.

    “He’s a heck of a player and keeps getting better and better. He’s a good player.” – Joerger back in 2016.

    From the same ESPN piece:

    Joerger loved Hood from the moment he emerged as a prospect for the 2014 draft: A long, rangy, high-IQ shooting guard who drained 42 percent of his attempts from beyond the arc at Duke.

    It’s probably worth mentioning that Hood won’t come cheap, and acquiring him will likely mean parting ways with a young piece or two. Despite the fact that Hood is set to be a restricted free agent, the Jazz will have a high asking price for the promising young guard.

    Why would the Kings part ways with their own youth when they could just target Hood in the offseason? There’s no guarantee that the Kings secure a player of his caliber. For starters, the Jazz would own his rights and could match any offer, and secondly, Hood would have to actually sign with Sacramento which is a long-shot.

    Trading for an impending RFA has little-to-no risk. This way, you have the power to match any offer sheet signed by Hood and essentially decide his fate. The Kings need to be adding talent like this and it’ll help them improve not only in the short-term, but in the long-term too.

    Is Hood’s injury history a concern? Yes it can be, however, the Kings have a pretty good track record as far as keeping players healthy, so he’d be coming to a place that’s willing to be patient with him and work through those issues. It may end up being that the team has to slowly bring him along too, health wise that is, until he’s 100 percent ready to go. The difference is that the Kings know what they have in Hood and can deploy him when he’s ready, as opposed to a guy like Harry Giles who has yet to play a single minute in the NBA. In this case, Hood’s talent trumps his bumpy injury history and the upside you get in a player like him is too good to pass up.

    Parting with one of the Kings’ youth would be a tough pill to swallow, but you’d undoubtedly be getting an upgrade in Hood who’ll be a focal point in Sacramento for years to come. There’s an element of risk involved, just like there is with any trade, but the Kings are at a point where gambling on a player or two could be the difference between never-ending mediocrity, and taking the next step.

Fantasy News

  • LeBron James
    SF, Los Angeles Lakers

    LeBron James put up a triple-double for the fifth time this season in a 112-107 win over the Thunder on Tuesday, providing 25 points (10-of-21 FGs, 3-of-5 FTs), 11 rebounds, 10 assists, two steals and two 3-pointers in 37 minutes.

    James has now triple-doubled against all 30 NBA teams. He's hardly slowing down, ranking 12th in both 8-cat and 9-cat leagues for the season. LeBron's scoring has dipped since last season from 27.4 points per game to 25.0, but his assists have skyrocketed from 8.3 assists per game to 11.1 this season.

  • Anthony Davis
    PF-C, Los Angeles Lakers

    Anthony Davis (right shoulder soreness) put up a game-high 34 points (13-of-24 FGs, 5-fo-6 FTs) as part of a full line that included seven rebounds, four assists, four steals, two blocks and three 3-pointers in 37 minutes in a victory over the Thunder on Tuesday.

    Davis has been a great fit for the Lakers and he once again toughed out an injury (or two or more) while producing in every category. He's currently ranked 4th in both 8-cat and 9-cat leagues. If he ever truly gets healthy, he should have a great shot at the top spot. Next to Davis tonight, JaVale McGee swatted four more shots in 23 minutes and continues to be an excellent streaming option for blocks, boards and field goal percentage.

  • Rajon Rondo
    PG, Los Angeles Lakers

    Rajon Rondo handed out 10 assists to go with eight points, two rebounds and one 3-pointer in 27 minutes off the bench vs. the Thunder on Tuesday.

    Rondo shot just 3-of-10 from the field and 1-of-2 from the line. His percentages have traditionally been harmful to fantasy teams, but his rebounds, assists and steals continue to pile up even as his minutes dip as he's nearing age 34. At this point, he's just a streamer for those categories, but remember that he averaged over eight assists the past two seasons. If he were to find himself regularly getting 30 minutes per game, there's probably a team in every fantasy league that could use him.

  • Kyle Kuzma
    PF, Los Angeles Lakers

    Kyle Kuzma (eye abrasion) left Tuesday's game after playing just nine minutes, and while he was technically available to return, Frank Vogel chose not to use him anymore.

    It's a positive sign that he was available after the injury, but the situation should be monitored to be sure that Kuzma is going to play in the Lakers' next game on Friday before making decisions about how to use him.

    Source: Mike Trudell on Twitter

  • Nerlens Noel
    C, Oklahoma City Thunder

    Nerlens Noel had another good game on Tuesday in a road loss to the Lakers as he went for 15 points on 7-of-11 shooting, eight rebounds, one assist and three steals in 24 minutes.

    Noel has quietly entered the top-100 in both 8-cat and 9-cat leagues and completely blown by the struggling Steven Adams. It's hard to trust Noel on a nightly basis, but there aren't many players better at racking up defensive stats (1.1 steals and 1.6 blocks in 18.3 mpg).

  • Dennis Schroder
    PG, Oklahoma City Thunder

    Dennis Schroder had a season-high 31 points (12-for-20 FGs, 4-for-4 FTs) to go with four boards, one dime and three triples in 30 minutes off the bench in a 107-112 loss to the Lakers.

    Schroder has had some great games this season, but it just hasn't been consistent enough to make him a must-start standard league player. Perhaps a trade will settle things for him a bit more in the next few months. Schroder's backcourt mates had mixed results tonight with Chris Paul scoring just four points on 1-of-7 shooting but with five boards, 10 dimes and four steals while Shai Gilgeous-Alexander shot just 5-of-16 from the field but 4-of-4 from the line and had 16 points, five boards, four dimes, two treys, a steal and a block.

  • Danilo Gallinari
    SF, Oklahoma City Thunder

    Danilo Gallinari had a very efficient night, scoring 25 points on 7-of-11 field goals and 7-of-9 free throws vs. the Lakers on Tuesday.

    Gallinari added six rebounds, two 3-pointers and one assist in 31 minutes. Gallo is once again sneakily providing top-60/50 (8-cat/9-cat). Elsewhere in the frontcourt, Steven Adams had a rough game with just two points, six rebounds and four assists in 24 minutes.

  • Bogdan Bogdanovic
    SG, Sacramento Kings

    Bogdan Bogdanovic was on fire on Tuesday as he led the Kings to victory with a season-high 31 points (11-of-14 FGs, 2-of-2 FTs) to go with seven triples, seven assists, four rebounds and three steals in 36 minutes off the bench.

    Bogdanovic has been thriving lately, and the fact that his hot stretch started before De'Aaron Fox went down is even more encouraging. Bogdanovic's production has put him into the top-65 for the season and there doesn't seem to be any end in sight to his impressive stat lines.

  • Cory Joseph
    PG, Sacramento Kings

    Cory Joseph delivered a career-high 14 assists in 39 minutes in the Kings' 120-116 win over the Suns on Tuesday.

    Joseph added six points on 2-of-5 shooting, five rebounds, a steal and two blocks in his fourth consecutive start. Joseph traditionally provides very low per-minute stats, so when he doesn't get near 40 minutes, his numbers aren't quite so palatable. Until De'Aaron Fox returns, Joseph is a low-end starting point guard for those desperate for assists.

  • Richaun Holmes
    PF, Sacramento Kings

    Richaun Holmes grabbed a career-high 15 boards vs. the Suns on Tuesday as part of a 20-point night (8-for-11 FGs, 4-for-4 FTs) with a steal and two blocks in 34 minutes.

    The days when we could only dream of what Holmes would do with 30-plus minutes are gone. Since Holmes joined the starting lineup, he's been playing right around 30 minutes, which has him looking like a middle-round value. He could be in for a slight reduction in value once Marvin Bagley returns if the Kings frontcourt is otherwise healthy, but it appears that the Kings might finally be the team that just lets Holmes play. Nemanja Bjelica also had another good game tonight with 17 points, eight rebounds, a steal, a block and three treys in 31 minutes.