September 14, 2018, 11:33 am
Iman Shumpert came over to the Kings at last year’s trade deadline in a deal that rid Sacramento of George Hill’s mammoth contract. Shumpert, though, possessed a sizeable contract of his own and would sit out the remainder of the season to nurse a knee issue
Unsurprisingly, he opted into his $11 million player option for this season and will be with the Kings for the time being. All indications are that he’s healthy and will be ready for training camp, a promising sign after playing just 14 games for the Cavaliers last season. Shumpert has been hampered by injuries throughout his seven-year NBA career, only managing two 70-game seasons to date.
The 28-year-old is out to prove he’s still got gas left in the tank and he’s in a situation where playing time could be on offer. Being on a rebuilding team is probably the best case scenario for Shumpert at this point in his career. The Kings have a gaping hole at small forward and he could soak up minutes in the interim while the team searches for a long-term solution. At 6-foot-5 he may be a little undersized to play the three, but his 7-foot wingspan and defensive prowess make up for the lack of height.
Bogdan Bogdanovic is an option to spend time at small forward and did play there a bit last season, but he’s yet to prove he can handle extended minutes at that spot; he’s best suited as a guard at this stage. Justin Jackson started 41 games at the three last season but he’s still a major question mark and really doesn’t look like a long-term fit. He’s going into his second season, though, so he’s still got some room to grow but he may not feature in the rotation like he did last year. Outside of Bogdanovic and Jackson, the options are incredibly limited and that’s why Shumpert seems like a natural candidate to assume the position.
One of the issues you have with Shumpert, though, is on the offensive side of the ball. He’s a career 39.6 percent shooter from the field and 33.8 percent from three, essentially making him a liability in that department. It’ll be on Dave Joerger to pair him with some offensive talent to really get the best out of Shumpert; plug him next to Buddy Hield and Nemanja Bjelica and you could have something there.
Shumpert’s made it no secret that he’s working on that aspect of his game this summer, with numerous posts on social media of him working out. This is only one of many he’s posted on Instagram:
It’s incredibly easy to make yourself look good with highlight videos on social media, so we won’t dive too deep there, but on a team like the Kings, he may get a little more freedom to show that area of his game. He spent time with LeBron James and the Cavs, winning the Championship in 2016, and was with the Knicks when they won 54 games during the 2012-13 season, so he’s got plenty of experience in winning situations and could bring that mentality over to a young Kings squad.
Shumpert has a chance to start for the Kings under Joerger, at least early on in the season. It’ll obviously depend on how he goes during training camp and preseason, but with the team’s shortage on the wing, it’s a possibility that the coaching staff runs him out there to start games. He’s a guy that Joerger could fall in love with, and that can be both a good and bad thing, but he’s a defensive-minded veteran and those guys normally mesh well with Joerger.
He’s certainly not going to give the Kings a ton of production this season. Shumpert will probably slot right into a similar role that Garrett Temple had and nothing much more, and that’s not a bad thing at all. At the very least he’ll be a player to keep an eye on purely based on the Kings’ lack of depth at small forward. His health will be a major factor, obviously, but Shumpert still has some game left and it makes sense for the team to try and get whatever they can out of him and his $11 million contract.
August 24, 2019, 10:27 amKyle KuzmaPF, Los Angeles Lakers
Kyle Kuzma (sore left ankle) will not take part in the FIBA World Cup as Team USA announces its final roster.
Kuzma sat out Team USA's final tuneup against Australia on Saturday as Marc Stein reports that he is flying back to Los Angeles to get treatment. We should still expect him to be ready for training and congrats to Mason Plumlee for making the team as many speculated that he would be the final cut.
Source: Marc Stein on Twitter
August 24, 2019, 8:58 amKemba WalkerPG, Boston Celtics
Walker scored 22 points on 7-of-15 shooting with four rebounds with two assists as USA Basketball had it's 78-game winning streak in tournament and exhibition games snapped on Saturday.
Walker continues to assert himself as the team's best player but USA losing to Australia was the much bigger story in this one. Harrison Barnes also played well as he chipped in 20 points on 7-of-12 shooting to go with six rebounds. USA will take on Canada on Monday in their last exhibition before taking on the Czech Republic in the first official match of the tournament on September 1.
August 24, 2019, 8:44 amDerrick WhitePG, San Antonio Spurs
Derrick White left Saturday’s game after tripping and hitting his head on the floor.
White left without help but there is no word yet on whether he is dealing with a concussion. He finished with eight points, hitting 6-of-7 three throws in nine minutes with another update sure to come. The third-year guard put up top-125 per-game value, playing 25.8 minutes in his second season. Even with the return of Dejounte Murray, White should still be worth a roster spot in most standard leagues.
Source: Jeff Garcia on Twitter
August 24, 2019, 8:42 amMarcus SmartPG, Boston Celtics
Marcus Smart, sidelined for almost three weeks with calf tightness, returned to action on Saturday as USA lost to Australia in their exhibition.
Smart only played nine minutes in this one but still managed to score 7 points with three assists days after being named one of the team’s co-captains. Coming off an NBA All-Defensive First Team selection, he produced top-100 per game fantasy value as it seems he may have finally fixed his shot after shooting under 40 percent from the field in his first four seasons. He also produced a career-high in both steals and triples with 1.8 and 1.6 respectively as his career seems to be on the up and up.
August 24, 2019, 8:39 amPatty MillsPG, San Antonio Spurs
Patty Mills went off in the fourth quarter and finished with 30 points as Australia beat USA 98-94.
Although it was only an exhibition, it was still a huge moment for Mills and the Australian team in front of a huge crowd as they handed the US team it's first loss since 2006. Mills was serenaded with MVP chants as Joe Ingles also played well with 15 points on 6-of-12 shooting with four rebounds and seven assists while Andrew Bogut came off the bench for 16 points, nine rebounds and four assists in 20 minutes, shooting 7-of-8 from the field.
August 24, 2019, 12:37 amKyle KuzmaPF, Los Angeles Lakers
Kyle Kuzma is out for Team USA's tuneup up game vs. Australia with a sore left ankle.
Kuzma is being held out of this one for precautionary reasons. There's clearly no need for USA Basketball to risk him further injuring the sore ankle. This does not sound like a serious injury and should not affect his fantasy ADP on draft day.
Source: USA Basketball on Twitter
August 23, 2019, 6:02 pmDwight HowardC, Memphis Grizzlies
Dwight Howard has agreed with the Grizzlies on a buyout, and will sign a non-guaranteed contract with the Lakers.
The Lakers are giving Howard an opportunity to be fantasy relevant. When given minutes, Dwight can produce double-doubles with the best of them, but he has been changing teams for years now. He will be worth a gamble at the end of your draft if camp with the Lakers goes well, but this is a non-guaranteed deal, and he only played nine games last season.
Source: Shams Charania on Twitter
August 23, 2019, 2:18 pmMarcus DerricksonPF, Atlanta Hawks
The Hawks signed Marcus Derrickson to an Exhibit 10 contract on Friday.
It looks like Derrickson will be a G-League option for the Hawks, so there's nothing to see here. At one point he was competing for the last roster spot on the team. We don't need to keep of track of every computer-generated player.
Source: Chris Vivlamore on Twitter
August 23, 2019, 11:01 amMarreese SpeightsC, Free Agent
Marreese Speights will work out for the Los Angeles Lakers on Friday according to Alex Kennedy of Hoopshype.
Speights spent last year playing in China and will attempt his NBA comeback with the Lakers. who are in desperate need of an additional center. He is among three centers the Lakers are looking into, the others being Dwight Howard and Joakim Noah. Of those three, Speights unquestionably has the best floor spacing ability, which would be his strongest bet to eke out those other two for the job.
Source: Alex Kennedy on Twitter
August 23, 2019, 10:15 amTrevor BookerPF, International
Trevor Booker has worked out for the Nuggets and has workouts planned with the Bucks and Clippers, according to Alex Kennedy of HoopsHype.
Booker was out of the NBA in 2018-19, spending the season in China after he didn't get any offers in free agency. He did return to the US to undergo a procedure on his foot but is apparently fully recovered. The last time we saw Booker he split 68 games between the Nets, Sixers and Pacers in 2017-18. If he does make a successful comeback he'll have no fantasy relevance.
Source: Alex Kennedy on Twitter