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Doug McDermott to undergo knee surgery, continuing a rough season
The Chicago Bulls announced Friday that rookie forward Doug McDermott will undergo arthroscopic surgery on his right knee on Saturday. A timetable for his recovery will be determined after the completion of the surgery, but standard rehabilitation would seem to suggest four-to-six weeks on the shelf. McDermott had missed the team's four games prior to Friday's home game against the Portland Trail Blazers.
The Bulls obtained McDermott, a three-time All-American and 2014 National Player of the Year, in a draft-night trade after the Denver Nuggets made him the 11th-overall pick. While he may have been expected to contribute scoring and shooting to the squad, McDermott has struggled significantly, averaging 3.2 points at 42.3 percent shooting with a PER of 4.0. Most rookies can plan on undergoing an adjustment period, but McDermott probably didn't figure his biggest moment would come when he tried to join a photo he wasn't invited to.
From one vantage, McDermott's surgery is yet another incident in a season that has gone about as poorly as possible. From another, though, it could be for the best, a chance to restart the season and work on readying himself for NBA competition apart from the disappointment of minimal playing time and on-court challenges. It's hard to say that this is good news for the one-time (and maybe future?) Dougie McBuckets, but it's possible to see a silver lining. McDermott needs to find that positivity wherever he can get it.
NBA approves Kings sale to Sacramento group
The league said in March Madness Challenge a statement that the "transaction is expected to close shortly."
After owners blocked the relocation of the franchise to Seattle earlier this month, the Maloof family reached an agreement to sell a 65 percent controlling interest in the Kings to Ranadive's group at a total franchise valuation of $535 million. Ranadive, who will have to sell his minority stake in the Golden State Warriors, becomes the NBA's first Indian-born majority owner.
The Sacramento group also includes 24 Hour Fitness founder Mark Mastrov, former Facebook senior executive Chris Kelly and the Jacobs family that owns communications giant Qualcomm.
Moments after the league announced the sale was approved, Ranadive thanked owners in a tweet and wrote that it was an honor and a privilege "to be part of such an amazing community." He also updated his Twitter profile to show that he is the owner of the Kings.
The vote, which had been expected since owners blocked the move to Seattle on May 15, officially ended an emotional saga that has dragged on since January. And for those in Sacramento, almost a decade of uncertainty involving the Maloof family, who entertained relocations to Anaheim, Calif., Las Vegas and Virginia Beach in recent years.
No threat of relocation had been more serious than Seattle.
Chris Hansen had a deal with the Maloofs to buy the Kings and rebrand them the SuperSonics, who left Seattle for Oklahoma City in 2008 and were renamed the Thunder. In a 22-8 vote, the Board of Governors rejected that deal, which would have sold a 65 percent controlling interest at a total franchise valuation of $625 million.
Hansen has vowed to continue his fight to bring the NBA back the Pacific Northwest city.
The next steps for Ranadive will be figuring out the basketball operations and finalizing the deal for a new arena. He already has been busy helping staff sell season tickets and boost sponsorship.
The contract for Kings president of basketball operations Geoff Petrie expires after June 30 and he is not expected to return. Coach Keith Smart is signed through this upcoming season; however, most of his assistants are not.
Sacramento Mayor Kevin Johnson - a former NBA All-Star guard - got the City Council to approve a non-binding financing plan for a $447 million facility with a $258 million public subsidy. But that deal is still pending environmental and other reviews.
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