Sport Evaluating who should get the last spot on the Kings’ roster
Coyotes receiving trade interest in Barrett Hayton
With the Coyotes shaking up their roster so much in recent months, there are perceived to be very few untouchables on their roster. To that end, Sportsnet’s Jeff Marek reported in a recent 32 Thoughts segment (video link) that teams are calling Arizona regarding center Barrett Hayton. © Perry Nelson-USA TODAY Sports The 21-year-old was the fifth-overall selection back in 2018 but has yet to really establish himself in the NHL.
After, there is one final spot on the ’ roster, which begs the almighty (and sometimes painful) question: who should it be?
For the first time in what feels like a very long time, the Kings have depth in, which can be a blessing when it comes to ample options, but a curse when it comes to seeing those C-string guys land real minutes on the court.
With the, the Kings’ roster stands at 20 players, but the expectation is that both Murkey and Jefferson will be waived and sign with Sacramento’s G League affiliate, the Stockton Kings. Additionally, the Kings have two men on two-way deals — Lou King and Neemias Queta — and both players are poised to be the faces of the Stockton Kings, with hopefully a few extended visits up the highway in Sactown throughout the year.
Ducks forward Max Jones out four to six months with torn pectoral
Jones will have surgery next Wednesday to repair a torn pectoral muscle and is expected to miss four-to-six months of action as a result.The Ducks now know Jones won't return to action for some time.
So, who of the other training camp players will avoid being waived and claim that last spot on Sacramento’s roster? I believe there are two strong candidates from the preseason, inside training camp and around the league, but let’s take a look at the players that are probably locks first:
- De’Aaron Fox
- Buddy Hield
- Tyrese Haliburton
- Harrison Barnes
- Marvin Bagley III
- Richaun Holmes
- Tristan Thompson
- Davion Mitchell
- Maurice Harkless
- Terence Davis
- Alex Len
- Chimezie Metu
- Neemias Queta (two-way)
- Louis King (two-way)
Assuming those are the players with safe roster spots, there are technically four players vying for three spots. However, Damian Jones and Jahmiu’s Ramsey have arguably shown enough to be brought back.
Although the Kings have got a glutted center rotation, Jones is probably the strongest candidate to stay in the purple and black. Earlier in the summer, thewere poised to sign him in the break glass scenario with injuries to big man Anthony Davis.
Jets captain Blake Wheeler symptomatic with COVID-19, out at least four games
Per the terms for the 2021-22 NHL season, Wheeler must isolate for a minimum of 10 days, be declared free of symptoms, and receive the approval of a doctor before he can return to action. All players on the winless Jets are vaccinated against the coronavirus, and the club has thus far reported no additional positive test results. Wheeler has no goals and one assist thus far on the campaign. Jets head coach Paul Maurice admitted his team was "tight" on Monday after Wheeler entered the league's COVID-19 protocol, but forward Andrew Copp was able to somewhat joke about things Tuesday.
Instead, the Kings brought Jones back from his 17-game stint with the team and it’s safe to say he knows the Sacramento brand of basketball as well as anyone - he is a 2x champion after all
Building around perimeter defense will be crucial for Jones’ success, but he could make an impact for this team come those long stretches of season where guys are injured, in and out of the lineup or resting. He also makes for a good piece to move down the line should there be trades as the season progresses.
Meanwhile, Ramsey’s extended audition with Sacramento has been a joy to watch in contrast of his streaky rookie season. After leading the #SummerKings in scoring, there seems to be untapped potential with him.shooting guard, having credited his hard work all summer long and Ramsey’s desire to build on their Vegas tourney chemistry.
Will Sharks send impressive rookie William Eklund back to Swedish league?
With three assists in four games, Eklund is showing flashes of potential and already demonstrating the value the Sharks got with a seventh overall selection. Yet Eklund was scratched Sunday for their first loss of the season against the Boston Bruins, allowing Alexander Barabanov to draw back into the lineup. Eklund’s spent the season playing on a line with Tomas Hertl and Rudolfs Balcers, but sits as a minus-3 with none of his points coming at even strength.
That leaves Emanuel Terry and Robert Woodard II.
I’d like to see the final roster spot go to Terry on account of what we’ve seen from both players in the amount of time they’ve been with the team respectively. Terry was an explosive, integral part of the Summer League roster who seems to have a good rapport with Mitchell, Ramsey and King. Building around the likes of Thompson and Holmes can only hope to develop and elevate his game, whereas Woodard is entering his second season with Sacramento and hasn’t seemed to measure up in the opportunities he’s been given.
One thing is for certain: however this group of guys shakes out, a new-look era of Kings basketball is upon us.
Warriors waive Bradley, Payton II, Bell, choose to keep 15th roster spot open .
Rookie Moses Moody may get the deep bench guard minutes for Golden State.In the end, the Warriors decided to keep that 15th roster spot open for a potential move down the line and waived everybody, reports Monte Poole at NBC Sports Bay Area.