SACRAMENTO -- Veteran Ty Lawson was in noticeable pain after getting popped in the face by a Grizzlies player during the second quarter of the Kings’ 112-98 loss to Memphis on Saturday.
The Kings were forced to take a time out and Lawson was immediately taken to the locker room for X-rays. Initial tests were inconclusive, but a cat scan later revealed a stable, non-displaced maxillary sinus fracture.
Lawson has been a bright spot of late and his absence was noticeable in the second half of the loss to the Memphis. The 29-year-old point guard signed a one-year deal with Sacramento over the off-season and has averaged 8.1 points and 4.3 assists in 25.3 minutes per contest both as a starter and off the bench for coach Dave Joerger.
He is listed as day-to-day moving forward.
SACRAMENTO -- The Kings updated the health of one of its core players Monday night.
As his teammates ran through the team’s annual media day, second-year shooting guard Bogdan Bogdanovic underwent a procedure on his left knee.
According to the team, the procedure performed by Dr. Riley Williams at the Hospital for Special Surgery in New York was successful. Bogdanovic will need four to six weeks of recovery time, which likely will cost him the first few weeks of the regular season.
Bogdanovic injured himself while playing for the Serbian national team last week. He left the game early and eventually made it back to Sacramento, where an MRI revealed the extent of the damage.
This was the second procedure done by Dr. Williams on Bogdanovic’s left knee this summer. The first was a minimally invasive meniscus debridement on April 24, and he was given a timetable of a six-to-eight-week recovery.
During his rookie season, Bogdanovic averaged 11.8 points, 3.3 assists and 2.9 rebounds in 27.9 minutes per game for the Kings. He was named to the NBA’s All-Rookie second team and is expected to start at shooting guard for the Kings when he’s cleared for duty.
SACRAMENTO -- Basketball is back for the Kings, who will play host for their annual Media Day festivities Monday afternoon. Player will shuttle from one station to the next. They will take pictures, do interviews and disappear into the giant photo booth for preseason video intros.
Prior to the meet and greet, the team released the latest roster update, and there are very few surprises. Here is a look at the squad that will open training camp Tuesday morning.
Outside of the usual suspects, Jamel Artis, a 6-foot-7 forward out of Pittsburgh, will be in camp and compete for the Kings' final two-way contract. Wenyen Gabriel, a rookie out of Kentucky, signed a two-way deal with the Kings after a successful summer league audition.