The news was mixed for the Kings on Friday. They learned that forward J.J. Hickson did not sustain any fractures of his left hip in Thursday night's game with the Clippers but will miss the next three games with a hip pointer.
Hickson was on crutches after the game but an X-ray and MRI determined that the injury was not serious. He landed hard on his back after going up for a rebound late in the third quarter.
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Hickson was traded from the Cavs to the Kings last season. He's averaging 4.9 points and 5.1 rebounds in 34 games this season.
Kings press release
Sacramento Kings forward J.J. Hickson suffered a hip pointer in last nights game versus the Los Angeles Clippers at Power Balance Pavilion. Tests (X-ray and MRI) taken today revealed that there were no fractures. He will miss the next three games and be re-evaluated when the team returns from their current road trip on Tuesday.
SACRAMENTO, CA -- An MRI taken Monday night at Kaiser Permanente in Sacramento revealed that forward Omri Casspi suffered a strain of the right plantaris tendon during practice on Monday.
He is expected to miss up to two weeks of action.
The eight-year NBA veteran is averaging 5.9 points (.453 FG%, .379 3pt%, .571 FT%), 4.1 rebounds and 1.2 assists in 18 minutes per contest this season.
Kings media services
After wearing out his welcome in Boston, Dallas and Sacramento, Rajon Rondo is doing the same in Chicago.
The veteran point guard, who was benched for five games at the end of December and beginning of January, opened up his situation in Chicago during a recent interview.
While talking about what could possibly be the problem with the Bulls, Rondo brought up his one season with the Kings.
“It’s just, maybe, the personnel in this situation. I mean, last year -- I hate to keep talking about last year -- but you couldn’t name three people on my team, the Sacramento Kings, and I led the league in assists. You know? I don’t know. I believe so (that his skill set still has value), given the right personnel and the flow of the game," Rondo told TNT's David Aldridge last week.
While the Kings were mired in a 33-49 season in 2015-16, Rondo racked up an NBA-leading 11.7 assists per game. Russell Westbrook was second with 10.4.
In four games since returning from being benched by coach Fred Hoiberg, Rondo is averaging 6.5 points and 6.0 assists in 22.6 minutes per contest.
Rondo is signed through the 2017-18 season and is scheduled to make just under $14 million next season.