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NBA Gameday: For Kings, life without Cousins begins against Nuggets

NBA Gameday: For Kings, life without Cousins begins against Nuggets

SACRAMENTO -- The Sacramento Kings begin the post All-Star break trailing the Denver Nuggets by just a game and a half for the eight seed in the Western Conference playoff race. But the game almost seems secondary to the drama surrounding the blockbuster trade that sent All-Star big man DeMarcus Cousins to the New Orleans Pelicans over the weekend.

With 25 games remaining, Dave Joerger has to figure out a way to balance his rotation, which now includes three new faces in Buddy Hield, Langston Galloway and Tyreke Evans. In addition to Cousins, Matt Barnes and Omri Casspi are also gone as the Kings hit the reboot button on a once promising season. 

Sacramento shopped other veteran players up until the end of Thursday's NBA trade deadline, but they chose to stand pat for the remainder of the season with their current group of 15.

Denver is clinging to a lead in the race for eight, but Sacramento, Portland, New Orleans, Dallas and Minnesota are all within four and a half games. Nikola Jokic has played extremely well in his second NBA season, giving Michael Malone a centerpiece to build around in the Nuggets high-powered offense.

OPENING LINE

Nuggets by 7

MATCHUP TO WATCH

Kings vs. The Unknown -- Cousins manned the post for the last seven years in Sacramento and now he plays for a new team. Coach Dave Joerger has to adapt on the fly if without his leading scorer, rebounder and assist man. Sacramento plays a gritty style and they have won without Cousins in limited opportunities, but this is different. They must reinvent themselves on the fly if they have any hope of finishing the final 25 games strong.

WHERE THEY STAND

Kings: 24-33, third place in Pacific

Nuggets: 25-31, third place in Northwest

INJURY REPORT

Kings: SG Malachi Richardson (right hamstring partial tear) and G/F Garrett Temple  (left hamstring partial tear) are out.

Nuggets: No injuries to report. All players participated in shootaround.  

SERIES HISTORY

After sweeping the season series 3-0 last year, Sacramento holds a 1-0 advantage over the Nuggets this year. The all-time series between these two teams is close, but the Kings hold an 87-86 lead after winning four straight and they are up on the Nuggets 64-61 lead during the Sacramento-era.

QUOTE

“They have a chip on their shoulder. You make a big trade like that and I’m sure the players in that locker room are going to say, ‘everybody’s writing us off because we don’t have DeMarcus.’ They’re going to come out and try and prove everybody wrong. They beat Boston, a very good team, without DeMarcus, and I’m sure that’s the model they’re going to try to use moving forward.” -Michael Malone

Kings' Bogdan Bogdanovic to miss 4 to 6 weeks after knee procedure

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Kings' Bogdan Bogdanovic to miss 4 to 6 weeks after knee procedure

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.

Kings announce 2018-19 training camp roster with few surprises

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Kings announce 2018-19 training camp roster with few surprises

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.