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Kings’ D-League team forfeits win after using ineligible player

The Kings’ Development League team had to forfeit a Feb. 16 victory for using forward Duje Dukan, who was ineligible to play during the All-Star break.

The Kings assigned Dukan to the Reno Bighorns Feb. 4 as the team began a four-game trip leading into the All-Star break. The NBA issued a memo Jan. 15 reminding teams that they were required to give roster players days off from Feb. 11-16 as part of the the All-Star break.

That break is part of the NBA’s collective bargaining agreement. Although Dukan was sent to Reno, he was still under contract by the Kings.

In Reno’s 130-126 victory over Bakersfield on Feb. 16, Dukan scored 22 points. Bakersfield filed a protest two days later and it was granted Friday.

In September, former Kings star Peja Stojakovic was named general manager of the Bighorns. He is also the Kings’ director of player personnel and development.

The forfeit dropped the Bighorns’ record to 25-14 and Bakersfield improved to 18-21. The forfeit cut the Bighorns’ lead in the Pacific Division to two games over the Los Angeles D-Fenders.

Reno still has the best record in the Western Conference, but its lead is down to 1 1/2 games over Austin, Texas.

Dukan was signed by the Kings as an undrafted rookie out of Wisconsin. He has not appeared in an NBA game for the Kings this season.

Dukan is averaging 14.1 points on 37.4 percent shooting in 18 games for the Bighorns this season. The 6-foot-9 rookie also averages 4.4 rebounds with the Bighorns.

Jason Jones: @mr_jasonjones, read more about the team at sacbee.com/kings.

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