If Domantas Sabonis still needs to find his balance and position with the Kings because he just landed in Sacramento, Richaun Holmes, he knows where he is now: on the bench. After the arrival of the Lithuanian, the center was relegated to the bench.
That’s obviously going to be difficult for him, as his starting spot in the California state capital has been undisputed since 2019, starting in 142 games before the former Indiana player came to change the hierarchy. 136 games. Not to mention the $46.5 million that was already extended for four seasons last summer.
“We talked a little bit”Recognize Alvin Gentry as Sacramento Bee. “I’ll keep talking to him about it. He’s started over 130 meetings in a row, so it’s an adjustment for him as well. We have to figure out a way to make it work.»
According to our Sacramento Bee colleagues, the Kings leaders tried unsuccessfully to move him before the “trade deadline” ends. This summer’s departure clearly doesn’t feel like science fiction.
“It’s hard for any player to play a small role”
It’s just that there is still one season to end at this time. Even if disappointed again, the Kings still have a chance to grab a “play-off” seat, 3.5 wins behind the current tenth-ranked Trail Blazers in the West. Therefore, an engaged and effective Richaun Holmes is critical to Sacramento.
“We want to continue to play with him in the same way, whether he is a starter or a substitute”De’Aaron Fox explained. “Pass the ball through the lob and keep him in the game. It’s hard for any player to play a smaller role. But we’re all professionals and he’ll do that.”
So far, this role reversal has not been successful. Already plagued by injuries regularly, Richaun Holmes finished the first half of the season on 38 percent shooting and averaging just 3 points and 2 rebounds in 15 minutes over the past four games.
” He’s been there all week, every day.” Trying to reassure his coach and arouse his activity during days without games“Hopefully, when he comes back from the break, he’s going to be old Rich again. It’s going to be tough for him. Sabonis is playing a lot and he’s not getting his usual minutes. We’ve got to figure out a way to get him to the His level. He knows we love a player like him. We haven’t forgotten what he did for us last season and I hope he overcomes all his injuries and gives us 20 great games. »
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