Analysis: In the interview, Gay mentioned he has been dealing with Achilles tendonitis for the past couple of seasons and underwent surgery to address the problem. He reportedly now feels better than he has the past two years and shouldn't be limited by the injury as training camp approaches. Gay, who's name has been swirling in trade rumors, had a down-year last season but could return to form next year as he returns to full strength, regardless of what team he ends up with.
Analysis: The 7-foot-1 big man's summer league performance comes as a bit of a disappointment considering where he was just one year ago. It is understandable that many close to the Kings were expecting big numbers this summer after Cauley-Stein averaged 7.0 points and 5.3 rebounds per game during his rookie campaign. Although it would have been nice to see him blow away the competition, it still was just a four game sample. The former Kentucky standout is likely to see an increased role this season, especially if the Kings decide to part ways with star center Demarcus Cousins.
Analysis: Cousins has reportedly spent the past two and a half months dedicating himself to hot yoga, an exercise regimen that involves practicing yoga in high temperatures. The big man's weight loss has been motivated by the upcoming Summer Olympics, in which Cousins is participating, but could prove beneficial in the NBA season next year if he can keep up the progress. The 6-11 forward averaged 26.9 points and 11.5 rebound in 2015-16.
Analysis: With Rajon Rondo joining the Bulls on a two-year pact this offseason and free-agent signing Garrett Temple profiling better as a backup for both guard spots, Collison is the top holdover on the roster who is capable of manning the point. He came through with an efficient 2015-16 campaign while serving primarily in a reserve role, averaging 14.0 points, 4.3 assists, 2.3 rebounds, 1.2 three-pointers and 1.0 steal in 30.0 minutes per game and shooting 48.6 percent from the field, 40.1 percent from three-point range and 85.8 percent from the charity stripe, but a recent incident has cast a dark cloud on those accomplishments. Collison is facing two misdemeanor domestic violence charges stemming from an arrest in late May, which could result in a suspension from the league office. The Kings continue to stand by Collison, but we'll have to wait and see if the team's tune changes at all as the legal process plays out and when the NBA subsequently administers discipline.
Analysis: Acy joins what has become a vastly improved corps of wing players by signing with the Mavericks after declining his option to return to the Kings this spring. He bumped up his efficiency as a shooter last season, hitting 55.6 percent of his field goals and shooting 38.8 percent from three point range. Acy will provide some front court depth, especially when the Mavericks want to with a smaller lineup.
Analysis: Belinelli will give the Hornets a shooting specialist at the off guard position and figures to serve in a bench capacity. He did struggle a bit with the Kings last season, posting career lows of 38.6 percent shooting from the field and 30.6 percent shooting from downtown. Belinelli has two years left on his contract with a cap hit of $6.33 million in 2016-17.
Analysis: At this stage of his career, the 36-year-old Butler is little more than a positive veteran influence in the locker room, and the 2016-17 campaign could represent his final year in the league. Butler appeared in 17 contests with the Kings last season, averaging 3.7 points, 1.3 rebounds and 0.6 assists across 10.4 minutes per game. With the Kings likely to continue prioritizing the development of their younger wing players over Butler, don't expect the aging small forward to see much action during the upcoming season.
Analysis: Friday's charges stem from Collison's arrest on May 30 when he was involved in a domestic dispute. Per the Placer County Sherriff's Office, 'Deputies found that the woman had visible injuries and they arrested Collison on a charge of domestic violence...He was additionally booked for two misdemeanor warrants.' There is no set court date for Collison at this time, but a further update on this case figures to be made available over the coming weeks.
Analysis: Playing overseas is nothing new for Anderson, who spent the 2014-15 campaign with Zalgiris Kaunas of Lithuania before returning stateside to play with the Kings last season. After an unimpressive run during his return to the NBA in which he averaged 3.5 points and 1.7 rebounds in 14.1 minutes per game over his 51 contests, Anderson plans to opt out of the final year of his contract with the Kings, and would likely struggle to earn a guaranteed deal from another NBA team this summer. Pick reports that European powerhouses Barcelona (Spain), Real Madrid (Spain) and Fenerbahce (Turkey) could all be in the market for Anderson's services, and any bidding war that ensues would further bolster the swingman's earning potential.
Analysis: Curry went undrafted in 2013, but earned himself a role in the Kings' rotation this season, averaging 15.7 minutes per game across 44 appearances, while also shooting 45 percent from three-point range. All nine of Curry's starts came over the Kings' final 11 games of the season, a span in which the 25-year-old averaged 15.2 points and 3.8 assists. On the back of that success, Curry should garner enough interest on the free agent market to improve his salary in the coming campaign, whether he's with the Kings or another team.