Player News - Kings

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According to Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN, Memphis is finalizing a trade that will send Ben McLemore, Deyonta Davis and cash to Sacramento in exchange for Garrett Temple.

Davis played two seasons for Memphis. He saw limited time as a rookie in 2016-17, but appeared in 65 games (including six starts) for the Grizz last season. He averaged 5.8 points, 4.0 rebounds and 0.6 blocks in 15.2 minutes per contest. He never made the leap Memphis was hoping for, but he is still just 21 years of age. In Sacramento, he'll compete for minutes at center with Zach Randolph, Willie Cauley-Stein and Kosta Koufos.

According to Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN, Memphis is finalizing a trade that will send Ben McLemore, Deyonta Davis and cash to Sacramento in exchange for Garrett Temple.

McLemore spent the first four seasons of his career in Sacramento after the Kings drafted him with the seventh overall pick in the 2013 NBA draft, but never lived up to expectations. Last season in Memphis, he averaged a career-low 7.5 points to go along with 2.5 rebounds and 0.9 assists. The Kings have solid depth on the wing, so it's unlikely McLemore will see the requisite playing time to emerge as a fantasy factor in standard leagues in 2018-19.
Jul 17 - 11:59 AM

Deyonta Davis hit just 3-of-5 shots for seven points, three rebounds and two blocks in 26 minutes of Monday's 97-92 Summer League loss to the Blazers.

Davis has been quiet this summer, much like most of last season, and we were expecting more with Jaren Jackson Jr. sitting this one out. It's possible the Grizzlies eventually give up on him, but he should be on the roster at the start of the regular season.
Jul 17 - 12:58 AM

Harry Giles and Justin Jackson are out for Friday.

It's just rest for the two picks from the 2017 NBA draft. Giles had himself a very productive time with his work in Sacramento and Vegas, showing his defensive presence, face-up game on offense, and running the floor very well for a big man. Giles projects as more of a center for the Kings, and it's possible he sees a few starts in his rookie season. It'll be a bumpy ride to start the year with so much competition, so he'll likely be more of a stash.
Jul 13 - 9:55 PM

Harry Giles said his biggest takeaway from summer league is patience.

He's talked a lot about how he's not going to rest as he gets ready for next season, so he may have realized timing is a factor for his NBA career. "Every game I’ve been thrown a different challenge," Giles said. "From people trying to get in my head, to not being able to score the ball, to passing the ball, to getting it on the break. I just took away that I’m taking the right steps, I’m getting better each game." Giles could be the starter right away, especially with how he looked better than Marvin Bagley.
Jul 12 - 5:51 PM

Harry Giles scored seven points with five rebounds, six assists, one steal and four turnovers in 21 minutes against the Cavs during a loss on Wednesday.

The Kings did not have Frank Mason (ankle) and De'Aaron Fox (Achilles) today, so that opened up some play-making chances for Giles. Nobody else on the Kings had more than three times today, so Giles had as much pressure to facilitate as he has all month. He's looked good off the bounce, he's defended much better than Marvin Bagley (hip), and the Kings may choose to start him in October. He's on the radar as a sleeper.
Jul 11 - 6:37 PM

Frank Mason III (ankle) will not play Wednesday against Cleveland with a sprained right ankle.

He is day-to-day for the rest of Vegas. Mason has not played well this month, which stings even more because De'Aaron Fox only played in one game. His injury likely won't keep him out for long, but Mason may have to fight for a rotation spot in the fall.
Jul 11 - 3:29 PM

Harry Giles double-doubled with 11 points and 12 rebounds in Tuesday's Summer League win over Memphis.

Giles finished 5-of-11 from the field and 1-of-2 from the line, adding two turnovers in 24 minutes. He's been outstanding on both ends in Vegas, his explosion is back and he's healthy, so big things could be in store from Giles and Marvin Bagley this season.
Jul 10 - 8:44 PM

Marvin Bagley will miss 1-2 weeks with a pelvic bone bruise.

An MRI confirmed the diagnosis on Monday afternoon. It's a bummer that we won't see Bagley again during the Summer League, but at least it's not a serious injury. His performance in Vegas was a mixed bag, but it's obvious that the Kings are high on him and he's going to get some serious burn alongside Harry Giles.
Jul 9 - 9:03 PM

Justin Jackson lit up the Summer League on Sunday with 28 points, making 10-of-19 FGs and 4-of-4 FTs with four 3-pointers, four rebounds, two assists and one block.

The 23-year-old forward has NBA experience, including 41 starts, and it's showed during a terrific run at Summer League. He shot 44.3% as a rookie but deferred to teammates more often than not, with a 13.9% usage rate comparable to guys like Maxi Kleber, Pat Connaughton and Luc Mbah a Moute. The bigger issue for Jackson was a near-total lack of supporting stats, which makes it hard to fully buy into a few high-scoring Summer League performances. That said, he's rapidly boosting his fantasy profile.
Jul 9 - 12:57 AM

Harry Giles scored eight points on 4-of-9 shooting on Sunday, adding five rebounds and one turnover in just 14 minutes of action.

The combination of length and athleticism is always popular, and Giles has it in spades -- the link below shows him effortlessly catching the ball 20 feet from the rim and dunking off two dribbles. Marvin Bagley III (hip) was out tonight and we were hopeful Giles would take advantage with a big game, but we'll settle for him staying healthy in limited minutes. He only sat out down the stretch because Sacramento was being cautious with his workload.
Jul 9 - 12:56 AM

Marvin Bagley III suffered a tweak in his right hip flexor/groin and will have an MRI Monday.

He is not going to play on Monday and he is doubtful for Tuesday. Bagley said it's just a tweak and doesn't sound concerned, so hopefully the MRI says the same thing. Bagley was getting stretched out near the bench at the end of Saturday's game, and now we know why. It's also worth a mention MB3 did an interview with ESPN during the game after his, so he should be OK. Look for another update on Monday.
Jul 7 - 10:28 PM

Harry Giles played well against the Suns on Saturday, scoring 17 points with six rebounds, five steals, one block, one 3-pointer and three turnovers in 31 minutes.

The Kings trusted him on defense against Deandre Ayton and he did a fine job there. Giles has been overzealous at times during his summer-league run, but who can blame him after missing a year? With all the hype around him coming into these July games, Giles has not disappointed as the team's best paint presence. He'll likely be competing with Willie Cauley-Stein for the starting job.
Jul 7 - 9:37 PM

Marvin Bagley scored 15 points with seven rebounds, two assists, one steal, one block and two turnovers in 32 minutes against the Suns on Saturday.

He was stretching near the bench at the end of the fourth quarter and the medical staff looked at him briefly. Bagley hasn't sat yet with his fourth game coming today, so maybe he gets a game off on the next one. The No. 2 pick still has to figure out how to establish himself in the halfcourt, but he's way ahead of the curve as a transition scorer. His defensive concerns are still apparent, too.
Jul 7 - 9:36 PM

Kings waive F Nigel Hayes.

It was just a cap move to make room for the Zach LaVine offer, but it sounds like it'll be a moot point due to the Bulls matching it. Hayes is still expected to play with the Kings on Vegas.
Jul 7 - 2:59 PM


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