LAS VEGAS Things seemed to be going so well for Tyler Honeycutt.
The UCLA product was back in Southern California working out after his rookie season with the Kings. He hired a chef to help him add size to his wiry 6-foot-8 frame.
And with the summer league approaching, Honeycutt would have a chance to show the Kings they didn't need to add another small forward because he could fill the position.
All that changed when he had a nagging pain in his right foot examined on June 28. An X-ray at UC Davis Medical Center revealed that Honeycutt had a stress fracture and that he would be sidelined four to six weeks.
Now out of a walking boot and back to working out, Honeycutt and the Kings won't risk injury by letting him play in summer league, where he wanted to state his case for more playing time after being used sparingly as a rookie.
Meanwhile, the Kings' search for a small forward continues.
Honeycutt said he worked out with the injury for two weeks and would love to play this week. But he knows it's best to not rush back and risk further injury.
"It's pretty tough," Honeycutt said. "It's one of the reasons it's hard for me to even come out here and watch, but I want to come out and support my teammates and just watch out here and be ready for training camp."
Honeycutt was a second-round pick in 2011 and appeared in only 15 games for the Kings this past season, averaging 1.3 points.
In the competition at small forward, Honeycutt's inexperience puts him behind the curve.
"That's why the summer league for him was so important, because he could work on some of the things we've been talking about he can possibly do on the floor," said Kings coach Keith Smart. "Because he brings things you can't really teach. They're natural instincts."
The newest addition to the Kings' collection of wing players is James Johnson, acquired Monday in a trade from Toronto. Johnson joins Tyreke Evans, John Salmons, Francisco Garcia and Travis Outlaw as Kings under contract that played small forward last season.
"I know we have a lot of wing players," Honeycutt said. "We have like five or six, but I'm not really worried about that. I'm just worried about my development going into my second year."
Smart wants players to return to camp weighing less, but Honeycutt is an exception. Honeycutt said he is up to 192 pounds, about 10 pounds more than he was last season.
"They told me I need to be eating six to eight times a day as far as my metabolism goes," Honeycutt said. "I didn't really ever eat breakfast. That's definitely the most important part, just eating. Eating as much as I can, taking protein. Things like that."
Honeycutt would like to weigh 200 or 205 pounds by the fall but said he will be careful not to gain weight too fast following his stress fracture.
By the time training camp starts, Honeycutt looks to finally show how much he's grown as a player.
"He's got good instincts for the game," said Kings basketball president Geoff Petrie. "He sees the game pretty well. He's a good passer, who can block shots, for a wing player. His shooting needs to improve, but it's not nonexistent and he's got speed, quickness and athleticism.
"There's a potential role there for him if he gets himself ready to play and earns it."