• The Sacramento Kings started off their six game road trip with a win Sunday afternoon 122-105 over the Brooklyn Nets.  DeMarcus Cousins led all scorers with 37 points, but the team got production from every part of the roster in this one.

    Sacramento had a rough start to the game and fell behind early in the first quarter, but strong play from the bench early in the second got the team right back in it.  Despite a close first half, Sacramento ran away with the lead late by holding the Nets to just 18 points in the third quarter, while scoring 34 for themselves.

    Here are some notes from the matchup:

    • Matt Barnes had a fairly productive night with seven points and six assists, but the King’s forward ended up getting ejected late in the game with a flagrant foul.  Barnes has been known for his tough style of play, and luckily the call didn’t end up hurting the Kings.  The game was already pretty far out of reach for the Nets at this point, so it wasn’t likely to change the end result anyway.
    • Omri Casspi got on the floor for the second night in a row, registering just over 18 minutes while scoring eight points and grabbing five boards. Casspi still has a chance to carve out a good role with the team, so seeing him get playing time for the second night in a row was great.
    • Rudy Gay had a great showing, scoring 22 points while contributing eight rebounds and eight assists.  Gay seems to be far more comfortable offensively this season, and the Kings will need him to continue his efficient ways if they plan to make a run at a playoff spot.

    The win puts the Kings at 7-10 to start the season, and really starts the road trip on a good note.  Sacramento now turns their attention to Washington for a game Monday night against the Wizards.

Fantasy News

  • Kent Bazemore
    SG, Portland Trail Blazers

    The Kings announced this morning that the trade that sent Trevor Ariza, Caleb Swanigan and Wenyen Gabriel to the Blazers for Kent Bazemore, Anthony Tolliver and two second-round picks has been officially finalized.

    Bazemore will be asked to be a glue guy for the Kings but his fantasy value is likely to take a big hit. We should get an idea about his minutes starting tomorrow when the Kings face the Pistons.

    Source: Kings PR on Twitter

  • Trevor Ariza
    SF, Sacramento Kings

    Trevor Ariza is expected to serve as the Blazers' regular starter at small forward according to Terry Stotts.

    Ariza, as expected, will fill in the void left by Kent Bazemore and his fantasy value looks to be on the rise as the minutes will be there. This looks to be a situation similar to when the Blazers signed Carmelo Anthony earlier this season. Both veterans have their flaws but the Blazers have to use them cause they run out of healthy bodies. You can feel free to add Ariza but his percentages are likely to hurt your team.

    Source: Dan Sheldon of NBC Sports Northwest

  • Marcus Morris
    PF, New York Knicks

    Marcus Morris said after Monday’s game that his ankle was still sore and he would be re-evaluated on Tuesday.

    Morris came off a Taj Gibson screen and knocked down a three-pointer four minutes into the final period to put the Knicks up by 11. He landed awkwardly on Kevin Love's foot and fell to the court holding his ankle but he eventually got up and stayed in the game. He recently came back from a neck injury and has been excellent but we shall have to wait and see whether he misses any more time going forward.

    Source: NorthJersey.com

  • Theo Pinson
    PG, Brooklyn Nets

    The Nets have assigned Theo Pinson to their NBA G League affiliate, the Long Island Nets.

    Garrett Temple has returned to action so there are really no minutes available for Pinson. He can remain on the waiver wire.

    Source: Chris Milholen on Twitter

  • Kyrie Irving
    PG, Brooklyn Nets

    Kyrie Irving was a late scratch on Monday with a tight hamstring after not appearing on the initial injury report, but Kenny Atkinson admitted that the issue has been nagging his point guard for a few days.

    Playing it safe with Irving might be wise, considering his health history. He has missed 26 games this season with a shoulder impingement and now the hamstring. It goes without saying that Spencer Dinwiddie should be owned in all formats and we just hope that Irving will be back sooner than later.

    Source: NY Post

  • Justin Anderson
    SF, Brooklyn Nets

    Five days after releasing him following the expiration of his 10-day deal, the Nets are bringing Justin Anderson back to the organization, this time by trading for his G League rights.

    The Long Island Nets are acquiring Anderson in exchange for the rights to Henry Ellenson, who had been on a two-way deal with the Nets but was waived on January 3rd so the Nets could sign Chris Chiozza. Anderson appeared in three games for Brooklyn, posting averages of 1.0 points, 0.7 rebounds, and 0.3 blocks in 5.7 minutes.

    Source: Kelsea O’Brien on Twitter

  • Zion Williamson
    PF, New Orleans Pelicans

    Andrew Lopez of ESPN is reporting that the plan is for Zion Williamson to start on Wednesday night against the Spurs.

    The report adds that the Pelicans want to play him in short bursts and he won’t have a hard minutes restriction. Still, it’s likely that he plays closer to 15-20 mins instead of 30-35. Owners should be excited for his return but expectations should be lowered until we get an idea about his minutes going forward.

    Source: Andrew Lopez on Twitter

  • Kevon Looney
    PF-C, Golden State Warriors

    Steve Kerr said on Monday that he still doesn’t have a timetable for Kevon Looney, but he is hopeful he will return sometime this week.

    Nothing seems to be official yet but this is an encouraging update for Looney who has been sidelined for almost a month now. His minutes are likely to be monitored upon his return while his role is unclear with Willie Cauley-Stein and Omari Spellman playing well right now.

    Source: Connor Letourneau on Twitter

  • Rudy Gobert
    C, Utah Jazz

    Talking to reporters after Monday’s game, Rudy Gobert said that his ankle isn't an issue and he isn't going to miss any games.

    Gobert appeared to have tweaked his ankle in the fourth quarter but he finished the game and insisted that he is fine afterwards. This is something to monitor going forward but the French big is making a push for the All-Star game this year and it’s likely that he won’t miss any time.

    Source: Tony Jones on Twitter

  • Alfonzo McKinnie
    SF, Cleveland Cavaliers

    The Cavs opted not to sign Alfonzo McKinnie to a second 10-day contract.

    The decision on McKinnie was a bit of a surprise, as he had become a regular part of the rotation over the past week, while he averaged 6.5 points and 4.9 rebounds in his last eight appearances. Coach John Beilein suggested he will utilize guard Dante Exum on the wing more often to help fill McKinnie’s old role.

    Source: SI.com