From shorthanded to overloaded in a matter of moments. Sacramento Kings head coach Luke Walton received positive news before his team hit the floor for Friday night’s matchup against the Atlanta Hawks.
Big man Dewayne Dedmon has recovered enough from a sprained right knee that he suffered Wednesday against the Raptors and is available to play against his former team. And in a surprise development, Harry Giles has been added to the active roster in time for the game as well.
Dedmon has struggled early after signing a massive three-year, $40 million contract with the Kings over the summer. He’s averaging 5.3 points and 5.3 rebounds in 17.9 minutes per game. The 30-year-old veteran is shooting just 35.6 percent from the floor and 21.7 percent from 3-point range.
Needing an interior presence with Marvin Bagley sidelined, Walton relegated Dedmon to the second unit after just four games. Richaun Holmes has stepped in and provided a spark for the Kings at center.
Giles has been a mystery man for Sacramento. The 21-year-old big man missed all of training camp with a sore left knee and has been inactive through the first eight games.
After a productive first season where he averaged 7.0 points and 3.8 rebounds in 14.1 minutes over 58 games, Giles has the challenge of working himself into Walton’s rotation with very little court time under his belt.
The Kings face a short-handed Hawks team. Power forward John Collins is out due to a 25-game league suspension. Veterans Evan Turner (Achilles), Allen Crabbe (knee) and Chandler Parsons (knees) are all out of action. Rookie Cam Reddish is expected to play after experiencing shoulder soreness.