Player News - Kings

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Skal Labissiere returned from a three-week absence against the Thunder on Thursday, scoring 10 points with three rebounds and two blocks in 27 minutes.

He actually looked healthy this time, which is encouraging because he was laboring through his shoulder injury for multiple weeks before he was finally shut down on Feb. 1. Labissiere is still going to have his ups and downs, and you never really know what coach Dave Joerger has lined up for his rotation. We'd like to see him play better next time, but for now he's more of a 16-team add.
Feb 23 - 1:09 AM

JaKarr Sampson was a DNP-CD on Thursday.

He likely won't be playing while Skal Labissiere is healthy. Leave Sampson on the wire.
Feb 23 - 1:08 AM

Frank Mason scored six points with one rebound, two assists, one steal and one turnover in 15 minutes against the Thunder on Thursday.

He did see minutes down the stretch, but it was clear the Kings didn't want to unleash him too much in his return. De'Aaron Fox won't be out for long with his pink eye issue, but it's possible Mason takes minutes from Garrett Temple. Just keep an eye on him in deep leagues for now.
Feb 23 - 1:08 AM

Garrett Temple scored 13 points with three rebounds, five assists, one steal and three 3-pointers in 32 minutes against the Thunder on Thursday.

He got the start at point guard with De'Aaron Fox (pink eye) out tonight. While the Kings haven't been resting Temple too much this month, that should change once Fox and Frank Mason are both healthy. Temple will be tough to count on if he's getting DNP-CDs.
Feb 23 - 1:07 AM

Buddy Hield scored 19 points with 10 rebounds, four assists, one steal and three 3-pointers in 28 minutes against the Thunder on Thursday.

He hit some big shots late and the boards were a career-high. Hield was hot down the stretch last season and the Kings figure to put emphasis on their youth to finish the season. He's shooting the ball well enough as a low-upside hold in 12-team leagues.
Feb 23 - 1:01 AM

Zach Randolph scored 29 points with 12 rebounds, two assists and four 3-pointers in 37 minutes against the Thunder on Thursday.

He led a big charge in the third quarter to help the Kings overcome a 23-point deficit in the first quarter. Kosta Koufos (illness) did not play today, so Z-Bo wasn't going to get the night off even with Skal Labissiere back in action. That could change at some point, but Z-Bo was a DNP-CD in the last game before the break. Expect more rest down the line.
Feb 23 - 12:58 AM

Zach Randolph will start Thursday's game vs. the Thunder.

Skal Labissiere (shoulder) is probable but he hasn't played in weeks, so it will be Z-Bo starting alongside Willie Cauley-Stein in the frontcourt tonight. Randolph was a healthy DNP-CD in the Kings' last game before the All-Star break and that's a trend that should only be amplified over Sacramento's final 25 games.
Feb 22 - 9:30 PM

Justin Jackson, Zach Randolph, Willie Cauley-Stein, Bogdan Bogdanovic and Garrett Temple will start against the Thunder on Thursday.

The Kings won't be starting Frank Mason III in his return tonight and the minutes restriction could be why. Temple could find himself getting more consistent minutes, but the Kings do have a lot of options they can use 1-3. He's more of a spot-start player to use in deep leagues when you know he'll be out there.
Feb 22 - 9:30 PM

Kosta Koufos (illness) will not play Thursday against the Thunder.

There was a decent chance he was going to be a DNP-CD anyway because of Skal Labissiere expected to be back. Koufos and Zach Randolph will likely sit out games to finish the year as the Kings try to develop their younger players. This is generally a situation to avoid in most leagues until Skal can show he's capable of producing.
Feb 22 - 8:37 PM

De'Aaron Fox (pink eye) will not play against the Thunder on Thursday.

The Kings opt to rule him out early and chances are he won't be at the arena tonight. With him out, Frank Mason should get a decent chance in his return to the lineup while Garrett Temple, Bogdan Bogdanovic and Buddy Hield could help out. Fox should get big minutes once he's healthy.

RotoGrinders.com Daily Slant: With Fox and all inactive/non-rotation members off the floor, Garrett Temple actually gets the biggest bump in FPPM (fantasy points per minute) with a +0.08 increase while also picking up +1.6% in usage rate. Frank Mason's per-minute production doesn't change much, but the increased court time is where his appeal ties in. Temple is the contrarian target on this side, with Mason also having appeal as a potential starter.
Feb 22 - 4:37 PM

De'Aaron Fox (conjunctivitis) is questionable for Thursday's game vs. the Thunder.

Fox suffered a cut above his right eye during the Kings' final game before the All-Star break, but he logged 16 minutes during the Rising Stars game and this case of pink eye appears to be totally unrelated. Frank Mason (foot) is iffy to play, so if Fox can't suit up the Kings will likely turn to Garrett Temple for the bulk of the PG minutes.

Iman Shumpert's left foot plantar fasciitis flared up Wednesday after some on-court work on Tuesday.

Shumpert doesn't have a clear return date, and the Kings have no obvious incentive to play the veteran swingman -- with an 18-39 record, they're among the teams expected to tank for draft-lottery position. Shumpert wasn't a fantasy asset with the Cavaliers this season and he's nowhere near standard-league value.
Feb 21 - 10:07 PM

Frank Mason (plantar fascia) is listed as probable for Thursday's game vs. the Thunder.

The Kings' rookie guard had some nice stretches prior to his injury, and he faces less competition for minutes with George Hill gone and the Kings emphasizing young players. Most fantasy owners can just keep an eye on him over the next few weeks.
Feb 21 - 9:33 PM

Skal Labissiere (shoulder) is probable for Thursday's game vs. the Thunder.

Labissiere was ruled out 2-3 weeks as of Feb. 1, and it sounds like his shoulder responded well to extended rest during the All-Star break. The 21-year-old has enough rest-of-season upside to be worth a look if you need a big man in competitive leagues.
Feb 21 - 9:31 PM

Vince Carter is expected to spend the rest of the season in Sacramento, as the Kings reportedly prefer not to buy him out.

There were rumors in Toronto that Carter and the Raptors might reunite if VC was bought out and became a free agent this month. However, it appears the Kings want to hold onto their vet. Yet, it sounds like there is an outside chance that the 41-year old Carter finishes his career where it began by signing a one year deal with the Raps over the summer.
Feb 17 - 1:04 PM


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