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Former King Bogdanovic to miss major time with knee injury

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Hawks' Bogdan Bogdanovic

Bogdan Bogdanovic is no longer a King, but Sacramento fans are still pulling for him to succeed with the Atlanta Hawks.

They won't be able to watch him for a while.

In the Hawks' loss to the Charlotte Hornets on Saturday, Bogdanovic took a bad step with his feet tangled as he tried to avoid Hornets rookie LaMelo Ball. He rolled his right ankle, leading to an awkward motion in his knee.

According to the Hawks, an MRI revealed an avulsion fracture, as well as soft tissue inflammation and a bone bruise in Bogdanovic’s right knee. The team will update his treatment plan later this week.

It’s a big setback for both Bogdanovic and the Hawks. While the injury shouldn’t require surgery, the typical healing time frame for this type of injury will keep the shooting guard off the court for a minimum of four weeks, and like closer to six-to-eight.

The Kings aren't scheduled to play the Hawks before the first half of the NBA season ends on March 4. Depending on his recover time and when Atlanta and Sacramento first play one another, Bogdanovic is not yet in danger of missing a rematch with his old team.

Bogdanovic is having a tough go in his first season in Atlanta. At the time of his injury, he was averaging 9.9 points, 3.8 rebounds and 2.1 assists in 23.7 minutes per game after signing a four-year, $72 million contract offer sheet with the Hawks that the Kings declined to match.

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The Serbian has bounced back and forth between the starting lineup and the second unit over the Hawks’ first nine games. Bogdanovic made his second start of the season Saturday before he was injured.

In his three seasons in Sacramento, Bogdanovic made an impact both on and off the court. He’s a high-character player, and we wish him a speedy recovery.