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Robert Woodard out 3-4 weeks with strained hamstring

The Kings rookie suffered the injury while playing in the G League and has been called back to Sacramento for treatment.

The Sacramento Kings announced Monday that Robert Woodard II suffered a strained hamstring and will be re-evaluated in 3-4 weeks. The injury occurred over the weekend while Woodard was playing for the Austin Spurs.

From the Kings:

Sacramento Kings forward Robert Woodard II sustained a left hamstring strain during Sunday morning's Austin Spurs matchup versus Santa Cruz at the NBA G League single site in Orlando, Fla. Woodard II has been recalled and will be re-evaluated in 3-4 weeks. Further updates will be provided as appropriate.    

Woodard, the 40th selection in this year's NBA Draft, had been playing week in the G League. Appearing in 12 games, Woodard averaged 16.8 points, 11 rebounds, 2.1 assists and 1.4 steals per game.

The timeline of this injury suggests Woodard could be ready to return following the trade deadline. That's significant as it's expected that, based on the team's current trajectory, the Kings could move on from several veteran players at the deadline and begin to play younger players more developmental minutes.

We wish Woodard a speedy recovery. Our thoughts and prayers are also with Brenden Nunes, our own writer who loves Woodard like a parent loves their newborn child.

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itsjabby
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March 1, 2021 8:23 pm

Well this changes everything.

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March 2, 2021 6:01 am
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How will San Antonio’s G league team move on?

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March 1, 2021 8:41 pm

Get well soon, Robert.

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March 2, 2021 1:13 am
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This is good

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March 2, 2021 5:53 am

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March 1, 2021 9:14 pm

This puts his estimated return to just after the trade deadline. Perfect time to join the big club.

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March 2, 2021 9:07 am
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To be fair it says reevaluated in 3-4 weeks. That tells me it’s a pretty good strain, or at least one worth respecting, and they want one month of PT, which seems fairly significant.

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March 1, 2021 9:22 pm

The timeline of this injury suggests Woodard could be ready to return following the trade deadline. That’s significant as it’s expected that, based on the team’s current trajectory, the Kings could move on from several veteran players at the deadline and begin to play younger players more developmental minutes.

Good.
If we keep repeating this, like a mantra or prayer, maybe it will actually happen?!

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March 1, 2021 10:30 pm

Get well soon, W2!
We look forward to the day you rejoin the big club. All fear the €œTax Man!€

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March 2, 2021 7:05 am

In G League he was a power Forward and his shooting was very poor ! 41 – 21 – 69 ! Do not see the reason for excitement ! Not in top of any categories except Rebounds ! Skal had much better G league numbers ! Hope to be wrong but watching him reminded of Anthony Bennett but smaller !

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March 2, 2021 7:43 am

For me, this is an example of why when you choose to move a player you do it as opposed to waiting. The Kings would be hamstrung (pardon the pun) if players like Barnes or Buddy have a similar injury. They won’t be able to trade them at market value, or let alone move them at all. This is also why teams like Detroit and Cleveland have chosen to sit Griffin and Drummond. They don’t want them getting hurt just in case they can move them.

Not bring up sour grapes but Vlade’s whole “had a better deal two days ago” could easily happen if one of the vets gets injured. Worse case scenario is the Rudy Gay situation, where an expiring player gets injured prior to the deadline. I know many shudder at the idea of moving Holmes, but if he were to get hurt between now and deadline, the Kings run the risk of losing him for nothing.

Keep in mind there is nothing stopping the Kings from trading Holmes to a contender where he can chase a title then the Kings simply re-sign him in the offseason. He might even be grateful for it. If he really likes it here, he may very well be willing to come back.

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March 2, 2021 8:18 am
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If I’m not mistaken the Early bird exception gives the Kings the ability to pay Holmes slightly more than the MLE. Early bird rights goes away if they trade Holmes, so that’s one reason not to trade him if you hope to re-sign him. The other thing is that they’d potentially have one less big exception they can use to improve the team next season. They might be able to mitigate that via trade, but still, if you use the full MLE on Holmes then you can’t use it on a player in addition to Holmes.

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March 2, 2021 9:26 am
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I don’t think he’s worth the full MLE. Undersized high energy center. Harrell signed a 2 year $18M deal. That’s basically the front half of the MLE. I don’t think Holmes is better than Harrell.

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March 2, 2021 9:46 am
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I think Holmes is significantly better than Harrell right now

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March 2, 2021 10:12 am
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I feel they are pretty on par. Same style of play, same age, same production. If the two were to swap teams they’d likely be used the same way. Holmes would come off the bench for LA, Harrell might start as a small ball 5 for the Kings, and their production wouldn’t change much.

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March 2, 2021 10:41 am
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Sorry, I just meant if they choose to allocate 100% of the value of the exception in year 1, then they can’t split the exception on multiple players.

As to his value, I feel like he’s not getting more than the various exceptions, but he’s probably worth more than what he’s being paid now. Statistically, he seems to be having a very similar season to last year, but the catch all stats are all seem to show this season is considerably worse than last year. Is that because the overall stench of the team is rubbing off on him? Who knows.

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March 2, 2021 8:38 am
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For me, this is an example of why when you choose to move a player like a girl you do it just have sex with her as opposed to waiting to see if she’s actually interested in you.

Has no one other than Pookey heard the phrase, “It takes two to tango?” For the life of me, I don’t understand why a person believes that the front office is dragging its feet for no reason, instead of simply making trades that are favorable to the Kings. Why wait? Just trade Barnes and Hield for Joel Embiid already!

Keep in mind there is nothing stopping the Kings from trading Holmes to a contender where he can chase a title then the Kings simply re-sign him in the offseason you from having all the sex that you’d like. SHe might even be grateful for it. If she really likes it here, she may very well be willing to come back.

Let the downvoting begin! Mutual consent is so old-fashioned.

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March 2, 2021 8:49 am
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I’m under the assumption that teams have called on Kings players. Maybe the offers just weren’t good enough or Monte felt up until 2 weeks ago that the Kings had a shot at the playoffs. Now, however, it should be clear to everyone that Kings should be sellers, so either shit or get off the pot.

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March 2, 2021 8:57 am
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Could I trouble you to also assume that some long-lost relative of mine is going to die and leave me thirty million dollars? Because for me, that would be great. Although, in the spirit of shit-or-get-off-the-pot, I probably ought to just kill them myself. Why wait?

Hmm, maybe they aren’t interested in dying solely for my benefit. That would be disappointing, as I really prefer to get everything that I want when I want it.

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March 2, 2021 9:07 am
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You’ve got some interesting wiring up there, Sims. I’ll give you that!

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March 2, 2021 9:12 am
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Granted, although it’s odd that it only became worth mentioning when I suggested that two parties both consenting to the terms of a transaction might be more equitable and/or realistic than forcing the other party to give you what you want on demand.

If all of this seems vulgar, that’s because it absolutely is.

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March 2, 2021 10:58 am
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did you just compare NBA transactions to raping women?

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March 2, 2021 11:13 am
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Not the ones that actually occur in the real world. The comparison is to those suggested where we unilaterally dictate terms to other organizations and they just give us everything we want for anything we offer.

Is there anything else that I may clear up for you?

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March 2, 2021 11:15 am
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What are your thoughts on trigger warnings when discussing comparisons that could be traumatic for fellow commenters?

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March 2, 2021 11:28 am
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I’d say that’s entirely reasonable. I’ll update my comments.

Well, hell. I can’t edit a comment that has replies to it. I’ll endeavor to do better moving forward.

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March 2, 2021 12:19 pm
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Of course. Because we live in a world where we all walk on egg shells, constantly afraid of offending other people.

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March 2, 2021 12:51 pm
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lol “being courteous” =/= “walking on egg shells”

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March 2, 2021 2:07 pm
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It’s not an issue of courtesy with what I wrote. I simply modified another person’s comments to place them in a different context, in order to illustrate why they were ridiculous on their face.

I have been known to be less than courteous. I don’t think suggesting that my comments fall in that category is accurate.

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March 2, 2021 4:01 pm
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LOL, you said lol.

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March 2, 2021 1:45 pm
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Traumatic? Triggered? LOL, what a joke. This site may be too “extreme” for you.

Adam was making the inference there is a deal that is out there for us to capitalize on and give us what we want. That is a presumption. It is like saying why do you not just go have sex with the hottie at the club or the gym, what is wrong with you, when obviously it takes “two to tango”. It take consent from both parties.

If the right deal comes along we are going to make it. And the most valid reference we have is when the GM tried to trade Bogi for DiVencenzo , then after that deal fell through the GM was unable to find another appealing deal, so he let him walk.

The GM chose not to make a trade just get something back when what may have been offered (from ATL) or elsewhere did not meet to his standards. There is no reason to think the same dynamics are not in play now.

When fans argue “what is this GM waiting for , he cannot afford to wait any longer before Hield or Barnes sprains an ankle”, it just seems like a baseless complaint when (1) injuries are unavoidable and you cannot treat players like Faberge Eggs and (2) no one knows if there is a fair to good deal on the table for the GM to execute.

The bottomline is fans have no reason NOT to think the GM will not take trade action if merited. And yet there are fans suggesting otherwise.

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March 2, 2021 1:54 pm
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This works from the assumption that all GMs are mindless automatons, programmed to push the trade button whenever something acceptable comes along.

I’d guess there are various types of GMs with different levels of connections in the league, and different philosophies on making deals.

Having said that, I’d imagine that McNair is a bit more astute about handling the market and working the league than Vlade was. Hard to know though, since he’s done so little since taking over.

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March 2, 2021 2:09 pm
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For context, is your last sentence meant as an observation, or a complaint?

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March 2, 2021 3:21 pm
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Did you really need to write 6 paragraphs to make your point? Did it appear as though I didn’t get what Andy was saying? I just didn’t agree with the way he said it.

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March 2, 2021 1:17 pm
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You are presuming the Kings are hesitating on a deal that is on the table for them now? One that provides fair value in the context of a “rebuild”? That is quite a presumption. Do you have any evidence there is a decent offer out there?

2-3 weeks before the deadline is about the time teams are lowballing hoping a trade partner agrees out of desperation or over-eagerness. Woodward hamstring injury is example of nothing in terms of the pending trade deadline and any viable FO strategy.

Are not Griffin and Drummond being held out because of some interpersonal conflicts with the team?

I don’t know why we want to trade Barnes or Holmes when they are very good players and we have have so much incompetence at those positions, so let’s get rid of them? Holmes and Barnes are keepers unless a team wants to overpay then we should be all ears.

Buddy has no value, he has negative value, so good luck to the GM getting something decent there. I want to see Buddy lose 10-15 pounds and see if he has more games like the last one.

If a guy could get moved, it could be Bagley. I go back and forth on Bagley ever being a good NBA starter, or a star, I think 10-15 pounds of muscle could turn him into a new player and it is worth seeing if he has the work ethic to transform his physique this off-season.

The odds Holmes would get traded by us and then return would be 10% or less.

I would predict either no trades (maybe Bjelica gets moved for a 2nd round pick) or Bagley gets traded with GM deeming he is never going to be that good.

Here’s why you trade Bagley now:
> Can’t block shots
> Can’t create for teammates
> Can’t make FTs
> Shot happy
> No statistical growth in any category in 3 seasons
> Negative assist to TO ratio

Here’s why you don’t trade Bagley:
> Before this season, he started 10 games
> Only 42 career NBA starts
> Showing nice three point stroke
> If he adds 10-15 pounds of muscle, he could have the combined strength and agility to make a lot of the plays he is unable to make
> Transform physique and stop getting bullied, get more rebounds, finish more plays

It is a tough call on Bagley, I would probably keep him because I think the offers will suck.

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March 2, 2021 8:22 am

Long time runner…

Hamstrings can nag man, you think that thing is good and then it reminds you nothing has changed. Can be a real frustrating injury.

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March 2, 2021 8:35 am
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Yeah, it’s one of those “once it feels great, give it two more weeks” type of injuries.

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March 2, 2021 8:40 am
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Me too! You get good at feeling an injury before you let it get away from you. I’d think stretching, flexibility, strength training, etc would already be in play. Even with an early career? Over use injuries shouldn’t be happening as often in professional sports.

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March 2, 2021 8:33 am

Hamstrings ought to be outlawed…they are the worst.

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March 2, 2021 9:21 am

Definitely Off-topic, but I was watching Evan Mobley this week. Do you guys think he and Bagely can co-exist?

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March 2, 2021 9:39 am
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I do. Mobley is a willing passer, has handles, and is solid shooter. He has the potential to be a stretch 5 that can also protect the rim. Basically he could be everything the Kings wanted in Dedmon and more. I kind of see him as a longer version of Myles Turner.

My issue with Mobley is is seeming inability to dominate on the boards. Maybe the guy just needs to hit the weight room?

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March 2, 2021 10:15 am
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I agree. At this point, Bagley is 7th or 8th man and an offensive spark. I wouldnt start Bagley right now and I hope, if chosen, Mobley can start at the 5.

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March 2, 2021 12:20 pm
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Well said Greg. Especially after we passed up on Luka due to the fit with Fox.
when you’re at the top of the draft, it’s bpa every time.

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March 2, 2021 11:07 am

If the Kings training staff is doing the re-evaluating, I expect Robert Woodard to be playing cleanup minutes for the Portland Trail Blazers in 2024.

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