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Report: Kings rookie Harry Giles out at least until January to strengthen knees

Harry Giles

The Sacramento Kings will have to wait a little longer before they see rookie Harry Giles makes his NBA debut. According to Sacramento’s website, Giles will be on the shelf until at least January, as the team continue to rehab and strengthen the former Duke Blue Devil’s surgically repaired knees.

Sacramento Kings rookie forward Harry Giles will be out through at least January while he and the Kings training staff focus on a measured and sustained progression plan designed to improve physical strength in his surgically repaired knees.

Giles’ knee troubles date back to his high school days when he ripped his ACLs on both knees. When he moved to Durham in college, Giles wasn’t able to see action for Duke’s first 11 games during his freshman year to recover from a surgery done on his left knee. This extremely disappointed not only Giles but all the people who expected big things from the forward. Giles was the No. 1 prospect on the ESPN 100 list in 2016, ahead of Josh Jackson, Jayson Tatum, and Lonzo Ball among others, but put up just 3.9 points and 3.8 rebounds across 26 games in his lone collegiate season.

Having said all of that, the Portland Trail Blazers still drafted Giles 20th overall in this year’s NBA Draft before trading him to the Kings along with Justin Jackson for Zach Collins.

Giles is just 19. He’ll have plenty of time to grow and learn the ropes in the NBA, though the focus for him right now is to get his limbs in top condition.