UPDATE: Aug. 8, 5:38 p.m. — Holmes is being listed as out for Sunday’s game vs. the Houston Rockets.
Kings C Richaun Holmes (sore hip) will miss Sunday’s game against Houston. Kent Bazemore is listed as questionable for Sacramento with left calf soreness.— Sean Cunningham (@SeanCunningham) August 8, 2020
Rockets: Russell Westbrook (quad contusion) out. Eric Gordon & Bruno Caboclo - each out with ankle sprains.
UPDATE: SAC-BKN — Holmes was forced to exit Friday’s game vs. the Nets in the second half due to the hip injury and did not return.
Kings say Richaun Holmes (Right Hip Soreness) - will not return.— Sean Cunningham (@SeanCunningham) August 7, 2020
UPDATE: Aug. 7, 4:34 p.m. — Holmes will play and start vs. the Nets. Bazemore has been ruled out.
Richaun Holmes will play and start— Jason Ross (@JasonRoss1140) August 7, 2020
So Bazemore being out boosts Bogdanovic and Hield a bit. Holmes playing should kill any chance of Len being a big value play. Remember though, this could be a blowout for the Kings, so we could see some of those bench guys a decent amount by the second half.
UPDATE: Aug. 7, 3:32 p.m. — Well, it looks like we’re waiting until after lock to get news on Holmes and Baze.
According to Luke Walton, Kent Bazemore and Richaun Holmes are sore, but will see how they feel in warm-ups.— James Ham (@James_HamNBCS) August 7, 2020
So at $4,900, there isn’t a great C pivot off of Holmes just looking at some centers priced around him. If you leave some salary open, you can get up to Derrick Favors at $5,200. I think the best way to approach this is roll with Holmes in the UTIL if you like him and pivot to Harrison Barnes at $4,700 whenever we get news.
A few Sacramento Kings players popped up on the injury report ahead of Friday’s game vs. the Brooklyn Nets. PF/C Richaun Holmes is being listed as questionable with a hip injury. SG Kent Bazemore is also questionable due to calf soreness. Both could be held out later in the day.
Kings injury report:— James Ham (@James_HamNBCS) August 7, 2020
Marvin Bagley III (Right Foot Sprain) - OUT
Kent Bazemore (Left Calf Soreness) - QUESTIONABLE
Richaun Holmes (Right Hip Soreness) - QUESTIONABLE
The Kings absolutely smashed the New Orleans Pelicans 140-125 on Thursday afternoon. Holmes was relatively quiet with 8 points and 5 rebounds in 32 minutes. Bazemore came off the bench and scored 8 points with 3 rebounds in 19 minutes. Let’s take a look at how to approach things if one or both are sidelined.
Fantasy basketball impact
We’ve got some news on the Nets side — Jarrett Allen and Joe Harris are questionable — to wait for before tip-off at 5:00 p.m. ET. If Holmes is out, Harrison Barnes ($4,700) becomes a very appealing chalk play. He’s been returning solid value and should see around 25-30 minutes IF this game is competitive. That’s the thing. If Harris and Allen play, then this game should be closer. If both are out, the Kings could be on the strong side of another blowout.
Other pivots that stand out if Holmes is out include Nemanja Bjelica ($5,000) and Alex Len ($3,000). There’s a good chance Len starts at center and is min-priced. Len was solid in 15 minutes against the Pels, scoring 8 points with 6 rebounds and a steal. If Bazemore is out, his minutes should go to Buddy Hield ($5,100), but coach Luke Walton also hates Buddy Hield for some reason. That leads me to believe it’ll be a lot of Bogdan Bogdanovic ($5,100) and Cory Joseph ($4,300) again.