The Sacramento Kings will be without young forward Marvin Bagley III for four to six weeks because of a broken right thumb, the team announced Thursday afternoon.
Bagley injured the thumb during the Kings’ 124-95 loss to Phoenix on Wednesday night in the first game of the season. He scored 14 points and grabbed 10 rebounds in 28 minutes of play. Bagley’s hand was heavily wrapped in ice in the locker room after the game.
The Kings host the Portland Trail Blazers on Friday for their first home game and head to Salt Lake City on Saturday for a showdown with the Jazz.
Bagley is in his second year with the Kings. He averaged 14.9 points and 7.6 rebounds during his rookie season last year.
The loss leaves Sacramento with Nemanja Bjelica as its power forward, if the team opts to stick with a traditional lineup. Bjelica averaged 9.6 points and 5.8 rebounds per game in 23 minutes of action per game last season.
Help could be on the way in the form of Harry Giles, who is officially listed as day-to-day with a sore left knee but started working out with the team Monday. Coach Luke Walton said Giles ran the floor during warmups and fast-break drills.
“He looked good,” Walton told The Bee earlier this week. “We’re excited as a coaching staff because we got him out here on the court today. He’s been on the court doing individual work, but to have him with the team – his teammates love him, so it was kind of nice just to have him back out there with us for a little bit.”
Giles, who is 6-foot-11 and 21 years old, averaged 7.0 points in 14 minutes a game last year with the Kings.
If the Kings opt for a smaller lineup, small forward Harrison Barnes (6-8) could slide into the power forward slot.