How Lakers not resting LeBron James could affect Kings in playoff race

How Lakers not resting LeBron James could affect Kings in playoff race

The Los Angeles Lakers are all but out of it, but they still might stand in the Kings' way in the race for the NBA postseason.

After the Lakers' playoff hopes took a huge hit in a 113-105 loss to the cross-town Clippers, LeBron James told ESPN's Dave McMenamin he isn't planning on resting during the stretch. 

"That would take a lot of convincing from Luke [Walton] on up," James said. "Unless I'm hurt, I'm not sitting games."

The Kings are 2.5 games and two spots in the standings ahead of the Lakers in the Western Conference, and a LeBron-led charge to overtake them is a decreasingly small possibility. But, James could still stand in their way en route to the playoffs. 

The Lakers and Kings will square off in Los Angeles on March 24, and James has had plenty of success playing Sacramento. In his career, James has averaged 26.5 points, 8.4 assists and 7.7 rebounds per game against the Kings. He also has a 20-7 record against Sacramento, and the Lakers have won two of three this season.  

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It remains to be seen how engaged James -- and his Lakers teammates -- are by the time the Kings finally see them. It's not hard to envision Los Angeles' season spiraling further in the nearly three weeks between this writing, and when the season series wraps up. 

But as long as James is still playing, he's an obstacle the Kings will have to overcome. 

Kings offer Bogdan Bogdanovic four-year, $51.4 M max contract extension


Kings offer Bogdan Bogdanovic four-year, $51.4 M max contract extension

The Kings have a big decision to make when it comes to Bogdan Bogdanovic. Now, he has a big decision to make, too. 

Bogdanovic told The Sacramento Bee's Jason Anderson that the Kings offered him a four-year, $51.4 max contract extension. It sounds like the 27-year-old is in now hurry to put pen to paper, though. 

“I would like to stay,” Bogdanovic said to the Bee. “Everyone knows that I love Sacramento. Everyone loves to be here. It’s a great group of guys. I’m happy right now and I was happy all these years, but I don’t want to rush anything.”

Bogdanovic knows he could receive more lucrative offers from the Kings and others teams as well as a restricted free agent next summer.

The combo guard/small forward is seen as a key part of the Kings' hopes to end their playoff drought. He averaged 14.1 points, 3.8 assists and 3.5 rebounds per game last season, his second in the NBA. 

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After a solid sophomore season in Sacramento, Bogdanovic is coming off a big-time showing for Serbia in the FIBA World Cup. He averaged 22.9 points, 4.4 assists and 4.1 rebounds in 28 minutes per game for his native country. 

The Kings certainly hope he can bring the same stardom to Sacramento. If that's the case, he likely is in line for a hefty payday. 

Kings' De'Aaron Fox to miss final preseason game with sore lower back


Kings' De'Aaron Fox to miss final preseason game with sore lower back

SACRAMENTO -- The Sacramento Kings held their breath Monday evening in Utah when young star point guard De’Aaron Fox went to the bench with 10:20 remaining in the third quarter. 

Already shorthanded at point guard with Cory Joseph nursing a sore calf muscle, Kings coach Luke Walton turned to Bogdan Bogdanovic to run the show.

The initial diagnosis given during the game was a sore lower back for Fox. On Tuesday afternoon, the team updated the 21-year-old’s status.

Fox will miss the team’s preseason game Wednesday against Melbourne United, but just as a precaution. He is expected to be ready when the regular season opens next week in Phoenix against the Suns. 

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After posting 17.3 points and 7.3 assists per game last season, Fox has shown plenty of growth in the early preseason. Through four games, he’s averaging 14.5 points and six assists in 26.8 minutes per game in Walton’s system.

Fox played in 81 of the Sacramento’s 82 games last season.