The Kings announced Friday that forward- center Chuck Hayes would miss three to four weeks with a dislocated left shoulder.
Hayes left Thursday's win over the Milwaukee Bucks with 5:59 left in the second quarter. With his left arm extended, he collided with Milwaukee's Drew Gooden.
Hayes, the Kings' captain, has started all eight games this season. He averages 5.6 points and 7.8 rebounds.
Since joining the Kings last month, Hayes has been vocal in meetings and on the court. He often yells out defensive instructions to his teammates when he's not in games.
New Kings coach Keith Smart said Hayes organized a team meeting and film session Thursday after the team's bad showing Wednesday at Denver.
Hayes did so not knowing former coach Paul Westphal would be fired that day.
"That's a leader that we've been searching for," Smart said. "We're going to miss that. We've got to find that in our team while he's out."
Hayes had a medical scare before the season when a stress test found a heart abnormality and led to his original contract with the Kings being voided for failing his physical.
Once cleared, Hayes re-signed with the Kings.
Without Hayes, the Kings' options to start include J.J. Hickson and Jason Thompson.
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