After a disappointing start to the season on Wednesday night in Phoenix, the Kings got some more bad news today. According to a press release issued by the team, second-year big man Marvin Bagley III will be sidelined for the next four to six weeks after being diagnosed with a non-displaced fracture in his right thumb.
Bagley had a double-double on Wednesday, recording 14 points and 10 rebounds, but it wasn’t much help against a Suns team that opened the season with a 29-point blowout over the division-rival Kings. As they look to bounce back from that loss, the Kings will likely have to lean on Nemanja Bjelica and Harrison Barnes to play increased minutes at the four.
Harry Giles will also be an option up front for Sacramento once he gets healthy. He’s dealing with left knee soreness, but returned to practice today and is getting closer to returning, per James Ham of NBC Sports California (Twitter link).
If Bagley is able to get back on the court in four weeks, that would still rule him out for the Kings’ next dozen games. A six-week timeline would cost him the next 19 games and would push back his return until December.