Former Duke one-and-done star Harry Giles was selected with the 20th pick in this year’s NBA Draft by the Trail Blazers, but was traded to the Kings. However, he won’t be seen playing on a court in a Kings jersey until at least January according to a release from the team.
Here’s what was in the announcement:
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 is otherwise healthy and will continue as he has during the preseason to actively participate in controlled elements during team practices. Given his age, personal injury history and the wealth of scientific research supporting a methodical approach to ACL prevention and rehabilitation, Giles will continue on this track going forward and be reevaluated routinely throughout the program.
Like the announcement said, Giles has a history of ACL injuries so the team is making sure to take preventative measures. Giles suffered two ACL tears before even stepping foot on Duke’s campus in 2016 and suffered another injury his freshman season in Durham that forced him to miss time that season as well. He averaged 3.9 points and 3.8 rebounds per game in 11.5 minutes per game for the Blue Devils last year.