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The Kings will be without Harrison Barnes and Richaun Holmes against Miami

Both players sat out practice today according to Luke Walton.

The Sacramento Kings could be without both Harrison Barnes and Richaun Holmes for Thursday’s game against the Miami Heat, according to Kings coach Luke Walton.

In Wednesday’s media availability Walton said that both players sat out practice and could miss tomorrow’s game.

Holmes and Barnes are critical pieces in the Kings rotation and missing both would present the Kings with an uphill battle against the Heat’s Bam Adebayo.

If both players sit, the Kings would likely start Hassan Whiteside next to Marvin Bagley. As for Barnes’ spot, I’d guess Walton slides Buddy Hield to the forward spot with Cory Joseph or Tyrese Haliburton starting next to Fox. Walton could also choose to start Glenn Robinson III.

Missing Holmes and Barnes makes the Kings front line very thin, with Nemanja Bjelica as the only other backup big who has played regular minutes this season. If the Kings found themselves in foul trouble this could mark the debut of Jabari Parker, who is currently encased in glass labeled “break in case of extreme emergency, no seriously, are you sure it’s an emergency?”

The Kings are on a four game losing streak, and facing a tough Miami team down two starters doesn’t inspire a lot of hope that the Kings can end that streak.

Update: Well that was fast. The Kings have ruled both players out against the Heat.

Barnes reportedly had a left foot strain he suffered against the Grizzlies but played anyway against the Nets.

For those keeping score at home, that means Barnes was playing through a foot sprain and Metu was playing through a fractured wrist, and neither was even listed on the injury report. Not the best day for the Kings crack medical staff.

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TerzoM
February 17, 2021 5:36 pm

Our hot streak ended, when will we get a new one?comment image

Klam
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February 17, 2021 8:08 pm
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Kosta
February 17, 2021 5:51 pm

We’re probably going to hear Kings media using the injuries to explain the Kings record for the season.

Adamsite
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Nostradumbass 14
February 17, 2021 6:38 pm
Reply to  Kosta

“What Kings fans don’t understand is….”

TheGrantNapear
February 17, 2021 7:23 pm
Reply to  Adamsite

…Kayte

Klam
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February 17, 2021 8:09 pm
Reply to  Adamsite

Ha! I knew someone would reply with this quote!

keith_kar
February 17, 2021 5:57 pm

I wouldn’t call Barnes a critical piece of the Kings rotation.

If you look at the last 5 games, he’s gone for 4, 8, 13, 8 and 4 points. He’s not exactly lighting it up.

NorCalKingsFan
February 17, 2021 6:22 pm
Reply to  keith_kar

You still have to be able to put 5 put there…just in terms of numbers, Barnes is a critical piece.

DQJ should start in place of Barnes, or if they start Bags at the 5, put DQJ at the 4 with Hield at the 3

keith_kar
February 17, 2021 6:27 pm
Reply to  NorCalKingsFan

Maybe we’ll see Parker make his season debut.

Socalpurplecurse
February 17, 2021 7:05 pm
Reply to  keith_kar

Nice move by our GM sit em down till the trade deadline no need to risk them while their value at an all time high

kingsforaday
February 17, 2021 9:09 pm

don’t let Draymond hear word of this though or he’ll try and call you out during his media availability.

andy_sims
February 18, 2021 9:35 am

That thought had also popped into my head, although HB having a foot injury could account for his ineffectiveness the past few games. Holmes always gives and takes such a beating that if he’s dinged up, that’s not hard to believe.

Ralph_Furleys_Tailor
February 17, 2021 7:09 pm
Reply to  keith_kar

So to be clear here…you are contending that he sucked the last five games. The kings have struggled to win in those five games. And that somehow proves that he is not critical?

Wow you forgot to mention that when he was playing well the kings were winning. Further proving your point that he isn’t critical.

There I have tied a ribbon on your incomplete and ridiculous logic. You are welcome.

keith_kar
February 17, 2021 7:37 pm

I’m not just considering the last 5 games. Actually the Barnes signing was a complete disaster from the get go. When the front office picked him up, the Kings were playing over .500 ball, and he was supposed to be the critical piece that put the Kings over the top for a mid-season playoff push.

The Kings have been moving in the opposite direction ever since. I’m not saying it’s all on Barnes, but you can’t say the trade worked out for the Kings, considering what the front office expected of him at the time.

Hopefully the Kings can get something in return for him at of before the trade deadline.

WizsSox
February 17, 2021 10:50 pm
Reply to  keith_kar

No one is saying that he pushes them into the playoffs or that was a savvy move, but on THIS team he is a critical piece like it or not. Unless you think Daquan Jeffries is a better option to start…

BestHyperboleEver
February 18, 2021 8:17 am

This is all true. Though I would suggest that if a player so prone to disappearing is critical to your team’s success, you’re in a lot of trouble.

Otis
February 18, 2021 9:22 am

Though I would suggest that if a player so prone to disappearing is critical to your team’s success, you’re in a lot of trouble.

This, entirely.

AmateurNerd
February 17, 2021 8:31 pm
Reply to  keith_kar

And in those last 5 games, the Kings have been bad. Coincidence? I think not… I think this proves Barnes IS critical piece of the rotation, and when he doesn’t play well, the team stinks.

WizsSox
February 17, 2021 10:45 pm
Reply to  keith_kar

And the Kings have done well in those games??? I would say Barnes and playing well is a critical piece to the Kings rotation. Last I checked, no chance he plays well if he isn’t playing.

Otis
February 18, 2021 9:22 am
Reply to  keith_kar

This is probably just natural reversion. He’s an average player, and he’s played exceptionally well this season.

ElRonToro
February 17, 2021 6:01 pm

It’s just me, and I know he had a good game in the last one, but I hate that every injury we get results in Joseph getting more playing time.

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Dirkula
February 17, 2021 6:28 pm

My conspiracy brain has to ask;
Is a trade happening?! 😱

SelecaoKOJ
February 17, 2021 6:37 pm
Reply to  Dirkula

Yes!!!

Jman1949
February 17, 2021 6:49 pm
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TheGrantNapear
February 17, 2021 7:25 pm
Reply to  Dirkula

We can only hope.

SelecaoKOJ
February 17, 2021 6:33 pm

Get that tank out of the garage.

Kosta
February 17, 2021 6:57 pm
Reply to  SelecaoKOJ

What kind of tank are we talking about here?
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AmateurNerd
February 17, 2021 8:33 pm
Reply to  Kosta

Hopefully the kind with salmon swimming in it!

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SelecaoKOJ
February 17, 2021 6:34 pm

Butler is going to go off like DWade.

SelecaoKOJ
February 17, 2021 6:36 pm
Reply to  SelecaoKOJ

Barnes is the only one who can contain him. He’s a tough cover.

He’s deceptively strong and can barrel thru Fox, Cojo and Hield. If they put Hield on him,’Butler will go off.

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February 17, 2021 6:40 pm
Reply to  SelecaoKOJ

Prediction: Jeffries will start and do a respectable job to cover Butler early, but will get in foul trouble.

Kosta
February 17, 2021 9:08 pm
Reply to  Adamsite

Prediction: Jeffries will not pass the ball to Buddy’s back ever again.

WizsSox
February 17, 2021 10:51 pm
Reply to  Adamsite

Great first 6 minutes of the game is locked down.

Gregoryl
February 17, 2021 6:41 pm

I thought Barnes has been out the last 3 games?!

Brown.says.Good.or.Bad
February 17, 2021 8:12 pm
Reply to  Gregoryl

This is good

Jman1949
February 17, 2021 6:45 pm

Not the best day for the Kings crack medical staff.

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February 17, 2021 6:53 pm
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Obligatory:
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February 17, 2021 6:45 pm

Barnes AND Holmes both fit into Boston’s TPE. Just saying…

Jman1949
February 17, 2021 6:54 pm
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TheGrantNapear
February 17, 2021 7:26 pm
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They’d have to offer quite a few picks to get both Barnes and Holmes. Ainge has always been stingy with his picks, aside from the four he offered to draft Winslow.

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February 17, 2021 7:39 pm
Reply to  TheGrantNapear

I’d settle Robert Williams III, Aaron Nesmith, and their 2021 first rounder unprotected. We need to keep in mind Holmes is a UFA next summer so any team taking him has no guarantees of keeping him. That means his value may not be as high as we hope.

Also, by making a trade like that, the Kings create their own massive TPE to use over a calendar year.

To guys on rookie deals, a first rounder, and large TPE or Barnes and Holmes. I’d do it.

Otis
February 18, 2021 9:24 am
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They’d have to offer quite a few picks to get both Barnes and Holmes.comment image

jlandweh
February 17, 2021 7:14 pm

This may be a dumb question…but is the G League bubble locked and sealed? Could we possibly bring Woodard or Ramsey up if needed.

I wouldn’t mind seeing Woodard get some run with multiple bigs out. Obviously we will see plenty of Jefferies and maybe Jabari Parker too…but I’d like to see some Woodard.

AmateurNerd
February 17, 2021 8:35 pm
Reply to  jlandweh

My butt-pulled guess is you can leave the bubble, but can’t re-enter. So maybe the Kings could call up Ramsey and Woodard, but if they did, they couldn’t send either of them back?

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February 17, 2021 8:40 pm
Reply to  AmateurNerd

My guess as well.

Want-to-be-gm
February 17, 2021 7:23 pm

We really need to move Barnes sooner than later before we miss the opportunity.

This trade proposal doesn’t include Barnes but does move Buddy.

Buddy, Bagley, Guy and a second rounder to OKC for Theo Maledon, Diallo, Bazley, and Horford. Maledon will be a cheaper version of Buddy with a higher upside. Bazley is a better version of Bagley, Horford will be the enticer for OKC to part with Maledon and Bazley and Horford still has some tread left on the tires. Diallo is finally starting to develop in the player I thought he could be. An athletic versatile player who can defend multiple positions, really run the court and his explosive off the dribble. Still developing as a shooter but is improving.

This trade would make the Kings, younger, deeper, more versatile, and a team with more potential. If we could also move Barnes to Boston for Langford and a first we would really be in great position to build something special. Even with the Horford contract, we would still be in a slightly better position with the salary cap.

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February 17, 2021 7:42 pm
Reply to  Want-to-be-gm

IMO, The Thunder aren’t trading Bazley or Diallo right now. They look to be pieces for their future.

Want-to-be-gm
February 17, 2021 8:11 pm
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I would substitute Bazley with Roby and still make the trade. It’s not Diallo that they are not willing to move but probably Maledon who is the crown jewel in this trade. Having said that, with SGA and Dort, they are going to part with either Diallo or Maledon and suspect Diallo will be moved. The Thunder have an abundance of young talent and I’d be willing to take on the Horford contract for some of it. I think their rebuild is a lot further along than they even thought and they may want the more finished product in Buddy and I think they’d love to move that Horford contract although he’s been the ultimate team professional.

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February 17, 2021 8:31 pm
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I guess I feel OKC is just going to sit and wait out Horford’s deal. They have no incentive to rush things with all of the picks they have. They have 3 first round picks this draft! They may just build talent from within, so I don’t think they are going to have any interest in the Kings vets like Buddy or Barnes. I also think they have no interest in Bagley, along with the rest of the league.

WizsSox
February 17, 2021 10:57 pm
Reply to  Adamsite

Agreed. Why would the Thunder do this? One why part with young developing talent when they are going no where (don’t want to be) and Horford. As strange as it sounds, Horford could potentially be an asset for them in the future to be used as matching or expiring salary for a big trade. Good team, he’s an anchor…tanking team, asset. They have no reason to try and get off his contract right now

BestHyperboleEver
February 18, 2021 12:05 am
Reply to  Adamsite

Yeah, there’s no reason for the Thunder to give up value to unload Horford. He’s playing well for them and they have more projected cap space than they could possibly use. The Kings missed their chance to get someone to pay them to take on Horford’s deal.

Want-to-be-gm
February 18, 2021 6:35 am

They are going to have to give SGA a contract similar to Fox. They have a duplication of talent with SGA and Maledon and then with Dort and Diallo and lastly with Bazley and Roby. Diallo becomes a RFA.

They also have Pokusevski in the bubble who they invested a fair amount to move up in the draft to get him. All that plus 3 first round picks this year. George Hill and Horford certainly don’t fit into their future as they were just salary filler collateral damage in the trades to move Westbrook and George and Melo indirectly.

They are the most interesting team in the NBA right now IMO and they can’t and will not keep all those young players with 3 more draft picks coming. Swapping out Horford for Buddy and giving up something for it makes sense.

BestHyperboleEver
February 18, 2021 8:40 am
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Sure, they can. Having 4 talented guards on staggered rookie deals is a good thing. Especially when they’re all versatile, multi-position types. SGA and Maledon aren’t redundant because they could easily play together.

Diallo is the only one that is hitting FA and he hasn’t played well enough long enough to get a big offer and they have plenty of cap space to match if they want and still have more cap space than they will use. Assuming they cut Hill (if he’s still on the roster at the end of the season they only have about $48MM committed next season.
SGA hits FA in 2022. Dort, Bazley and Roby don’t hit FA until 2023. Maledon and Poku in 2024.

In short, they don’t have any log jams or projected cap issues. There’s no reason they would NEED to move any of them.

The cap space, staggered contracts with team control, and bevy of picks mean they have no reason to pay to unload Horford. And personally, I think Horford adds more to that team than Buddy would.

Now, they may choose to move some of those guys to upgrade their talent. I agree they’re really interesting because they’re in a position with cap space and assets where they could literally do something crazy like trade for Beal & Collins, AND sign a moderately big FA. And suddenly they’re trotting out an SGA, Beal, [Oubre?], Collins, Horford lineup with some combination of the guys that weren’t traded, their picks, and low-cost vets to fill out the lineup.

As a sidenote, as I’ve mentioned elsewhere, I’d be interested in seeing if the Kings could pick up Roby on the relative cheap. I really like what I’ve seen of him.

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Want-to-be-gm
February 18, 2021 8:18 pm

You’re correct with all the OKC contracts but they’re not keeping all four of those guys. I suspect they may move Diallo before the trade deadline. They’re certainly not going down the Beal road (been there done it) but Collins is a definite maybe. I do think they may want some young established talent like Collins to balance that roster. That leads me to the salary cap discussion which is why they’d like to move the Horford and Hill contracts. It will give them much more flexibility to get the more established but still young pieces. What you’re failing to take into account in your analysis is the 3 first round picks that also are coming. I’ll bet you an Incline Burger (fabulous near my home in Incline Village) that both Maledon and Diallo are not on the roster next year.

GFunkClassic
February 18, 2021 9:44 am
Reply to  Want-to-be-gm

You’ll never get to be a GM making moves like this.

Want-to-be-gm
February 18, 2021 8:22 pm
Reply to  GFunkClassic

The question is what OKc is willing to do but there’s no doubt OKC has some intriguing pieces for the Kings. Players and draft picks.

KingOfTheMonsters
February 18, 2021 10:23 am
Reply to  Want-to-be-gm

I think we should trade whoever we can to the Grizzlies for Valanciunas. Then after we get him, kick his ass in the locker room.

MidtownMike
February 17, 2021 7:27 pm

Sitting before a…. Trade?!?

One can dream

Bkroo96
February 17, 2021 7:47 pm

We are getting our wish tanking and playing the young core starter mins.

Peja
February 17, 2021 8:51 pm

Speaking of trades. I saw this three way trade proposed on a Celtics blog. Looks interesting.

Celtics receive: Harrison Barnes, John Collins, Rajon Rondo, Solomon Hill

Hawks receive: Buddy Hield, Romeo Langford, Grant WIlliams, 2023 Celtics 1st, 2021 Celtics 2nd, and 2022 Celtics second

Kings receive: Cam Reddish, Aaron Nesmith, Robert WIlliams, Kevin Huerter, Kris Dunn, 2021 Celtics 1st

Thoughts?

Adamsite
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February 17, 2021 9:03 pm
Reply to  Peja

DO IT!

But it is not realistic. The Hawks say NO as they want to compete now and this trade doesn’t help them do that. There is also no way for the Kings to take on 5 players while only sending 2 out. Who do they cut? Boston also can’t afford it. There is no way they could afford to retain Collins after this season unless they took on the highest payroll in the league by quite a margin.

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