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NBA Rumors: Kings' Keegan Murray Had Surgery on Wrist Injury; Quick Recovery Expected

Adam WellsJuly 29, 2022

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Sacramento Kings rookie Keegan Murray followed up his NBA Summer League MVP performance by having minor surgery on his right wrist.

Per James Ham of ESPN 1320 in Sacramento, Murray had a procedure to "clean out some loose bodies" and is expected to make a quick recovery that won't impact his readiness for the start of the season.

Ham noted Murray is back shooting on the court with his left hand.

The Kings surprised some analysts and fans when they used the No. 4 pick to select Murray.

"Murray is simultaneously old-ish for a top prospect (22 in August) and young for his skill set, which looks like it belongs to an NBA veteran," B/R's Zach Buckley wrote about the pick. "His film is almost mistake-free and showcases everything from multipositional defense and shot-making to on-time (and on-target) passes and sound instincts."

The 21-year-old forward did fill a roster need for the Kings. Jaden Ivey, who was taken at No. 5 by the Detroit Pistons, would have given them another surplus of guards that general manager Monte McNair tried to solve in February when he traded Tyrese Haliburton to the Indiana Pacers.

De'Aaron Fox played great as the primary point guard in Sacramento after the trade. He averaged 28.9 points, 6.8 assists, 4.3 rebounds and made 38.0 percent of his three-point attempts in 16 games from Feb. 8-March 16 before his season ended because of a hand injury.

Early returns from Murray suggest he could be an excellent fit with the Kings' nucleus right away. The Iowa alum averaged 23.3 points, 7.3 rebounds and shot 50 percent from the field (40 percent from three) in four games during Las Vegas Summer League.

The Kings will need Murray to become a high-level player if they are going to end their playoff drought next season. They haven't had a winning record or made the postseason since the 2005-06 season.

Even though any injury to a rookie is cause for some concern, Murray's surgery being described as minor and the fact he's already able to shoot with his opposite hand is a good sign it won't be a lingering issue when the Kings report to camp in September.

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