Richaun Holmes (22) from the Sacramento Kings reacts when he is called for fouling Joel Embiid (21) at the Golden 1 Center in Sacramento.
Kings center Richaun HolmesAfter clearing the NBA safety and health protocols Tuesday, he could be back in action soon. However, he is unlikely to play against the Los Angeles Lakers Wednesday at Golden 1 Center.
According to a source within the league, Holmes will be assigned the G League Stockton Kings to practice time and rehabilitation after missing six games because of COVID-19 protocols. Holmes will be listed as doubtful for Wednesday’s game against the Lakers, the source said, setting up a possible return against the Houston Rockets on Friday.
Holmes has missed 16 of Sacramento’s last 25 games due to illnesses and injuries. With Holmes out of the lineup, the Kings are 5-11.
Holmes missed three games with a right eye contusion in late November and a non COVID-19 related illness. He missed six more games in December due to a right-eye laceration. Holmes was able to return for five games in December. Enter the NBA safety and health protocols Jan. 1.
Holmes is averaging 12.6 ppg and 8.7 rebounds, a career high. He is second in NBA field-goal percentage at.637, fourth in true scoring percentage at.669, and sixth on offensive rating at 129.9.
Jason Anderson is an award winning sportswriter for The Sacramento Bee. He began his journalism career at The Bee over 20 years ago. In September 2018, he returned to the Sacramento Kings.