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Time for Kings to revisit Otto Porter trade? Here's one idea for a deal

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Time for Kings to revisit Otto Porter trade? Here's one idea for a deal

Back on Nov. 30, NBC Sports California confirmed that the Kings had interest in Wizards forward Otto Porter Jr. and had been in contact with Washington.

Nothing has materialized in two months since.

But, with the Feb. 7 NBA trade deadline rapidly approaching, is it time for the two sides to revisit those talks?

NBC Sports NBA Insider Tom Haberstroh believes a deal between the Kings and Wizards is one of four trades that needs to happen before the deadline.

What would a potential trade look like? Brace yourselves, Kings fans.

In Haberstroh's proposed deal, the Kings would get Porter Jr. and an option to swap first-round draft picks in 2020 and 2021.

The Kings would have to give up young wing Bogdan Bogdanovic and the expiring contract of Zach Randolph.

What would push the Kings to make a move like this? Because Porter is a proven starter at small forward, a position the Kings could use an upgrade at moving forward.

Porter was the No. 3 overall pick in 2013 and is a year younger than Bogdanovic, but comes with a hefty contract. He owed over $27 million in 2019-20 and has a 2010-21 player option for $28.49 million.

Bogdanovic has one year left on a three-year, $27 million deal he signed before the 2017-18 season and is a fan favorite.

While Porter might be a good fit for the Kings, it would be tough to see Kings GM Vlade Divac parting with a player like Bogdanovic.

Kings have no timetable for De'Aaron Fox's return from ankle sprain

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Kings have no timetable for De'Aaron Fox's return from ankle sprain

Sacramento was hit with a gut punch when MRI results on point guard De’Aaron Fox revealed a Grade 3 ankle sprain that will keep the talented 21-year-old off the court for the foreseeable future. Fox will be re-evaluated in 3-4 weeks, but that time frame isn’t realistic for a return.

Before the Kings ventured to Los Angeles to face the Lakers on Friday evening, Fox hobbled out on crutches to speak to the media.

“After I got the MRI and the X-ray, before I got the results, I knew I was going to be out for a while,” Fox said media members. “It wasn’t like any ankle sprain I had before.”

The injury happened at the end of practice Monday. Head coach Luke Walton had the team going through a halfcourt drill and Fox rolled the ankle and limped off the court early.

Initially, Walton and the rest of the team didn’t think much of the injury, until they checked back in with Fox in the training room a little while later. Despite leaving the court on his own, the Kings starting point guard knew something wasn’t right instantly.

“When it happened, I tried to walk and couldn’t walk and I was like, something’s wrong,” Fox told media members in Sacramento on Thursday. “I heard it pop. It happened so quickly that no one saw it until we watched the film and we saw what happened. Things like this happen.”

This is the first major injury for Fox in his career. He started 81 out of 82 games last season for Sacramento and the one game he missed was a decision made by the team after he had logged substantial minutes over a tough stretch in the schedule.

Fox went home Monday and braced for the news, knowing that it wasn’t likely going to be good.

“I kind of expected it, but at the same time, my heart dropped,” Fox said. “I’d never missed time like this. This will be more time than I’ve missed in my first two seasons combined.”

There is no timetable for Fox’s return, although he is not expected to need surgery. A Grade 3 sprain is the most severe of the sprains and includes a full tear of the ligament. Recovery time can take 6-12 weeks and it’s unlikely Fox will see the court again before the new calendar year hits.

“I’m not going to get back out there until I know I can play and I know I’m 100 percent and I’m able to help the team,” Fox said.

“I’ll be re-evaluated in three weeks, it could take six weeks, some players have been out for months, so you never know with a sprained ankle,” Fox added. “I’m just taking it day-by-day and taking my time with it.”

[RELATED: Hield blames headband after missing six threes in Kings' win]

Walton is now tasked with filling the void left by Fox, who is averaging 18.2 points, seven assists and four rebounds in 32 minutes per game this season.

Cory Joseph started in the Kings’ win over the Portland Trail Blazers on Tuesday and likely will continue to get the call with the starting unit. Bogdan Bogdanovic, who led the Kings with 25 points and 10 assists against Portland, likely will play plenty of point guard as well in the coming weeks as the team attempts to survive in Fox’s absence.

Kings' Buddy Hield blames headband after missing first six 3-pointers

Kings' Buddy Hield blames headband after missing first six 3-pointers

The mental game often can weigh on an athlete's performance. But what if it has to do with a headband?

Kings guard Buddy Hield missed his first six 3-point attempts during Wednesday's 107-99 win over the Portland Trail Blazers. His initial reaction was this ...

Later, after he lost the headband and drilled 2 of his next 5 threes, he admitted to NBC Sports California's Kayte Christensen-Hunter that it was more of a mental issue.

Hield then said it still wasn't an excuse.

Nonetheless, Hield managed to get 20 points by the end of the game. Don't be surprised if you see him without a headband for a while ... or ever.