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Kings’ Richaun Holmes receives PRP injection, out 2-3 more weeks

Kings, Richaun Holmes

Sacramento Kings center Richaun Holmes will miss the next two to three weeks after receiving a platelet-rich plasma (PRP) injection on Monday, the team announced (via ABC10 Sacramento’s Sean Cunningham).

Holmes is suffering from a right shoulder labral tear the past 15 games. He last appeared in a game for the Kings on Jan. 6.

Holmes, a former second-round pick by the Philadelphia 76ers in 2015 out of Bowling Green, is in his first season with the Kings and on his third team in three years. The 6-foot-10 big man signed a two-year contract with Sacramento in the past offseason after spending a single campaign with the Phoenix Suns.

In 37 games with the Kings, Holmes has averaged 13.1 points, 8.5 rebounds, and 1.4 blocks in 29.4 minutes per game, shooting 66.0 percent from the field. It has been a career year for the Illinois native, making Sactown’s free-agent signing look all that more impressive,.

Unfortunately, Holmes’ trend of missing chunks of NBA seasons has continued. He played a career-high 70 games during the 2018-19 campaign with the Suns, but before that, he never played more than 60 with the Sixers.

Despite being sidelined, Holmes has demonstrated glimpses of a solid center for head coach Luke Walton’s young team.

The Kings traded backup center Dewayne Dedmon at the NBA’s trade deadline last Thursday, sending him to his former team the Atlanta Hawks after Sacramento signed the veteran last summer. The news of Richaun Holmes’ persistent absence from the hardwood makes the Dedmon deal that much harder, although in return the team acquired center Alex Len and forward Jabari Parker.