Richaun Holmes has been the Kings’ most productive player this season.
Better players have battled injury and inconsistency. Higher-paid players have disappointed.
But Holmes – who signed for the room exception last summer – has been a breath of fresh air at center. He’s averaging a highly efficient 13 points, eight rebounds, a block and a steal per game. He’s Sacramento’s only rotation player with a positive plus-minus.
So, this is a blow.
James Ham of NBC Sports:
From the Kings: Kings forward Richaun Holmes underwent imaging that revealed an injury to the right shoulder joint. He will be re-evaluated in 2-3 weeks. Updates will be provided as appropriate.
— James Ham (@James_HamNBCS) January 12, 2020
Sacramento (15-24) is hanging in the periphery of the postseason race. Competing will be far more difficult without Holmes.
At least the Kings have options at center.
They can turn back to Dewayne Dedmon, who requested a trade amid a role reduction behind Holmes. Harry Giles might not have a future in Sacramento, but he can step in now. Marvin Bagley III is also getting healthy:
I now have a secondary source. Luke Walton confirms that Marvin Bagley will play tonight. He will be on a minutes restrictions.
— James Ham (@James_HamNBCS) January 13, 2020