No Timetable for John Salmons Return
The Kings are uncertain when John Salmons will return to the team. When he does, he’ll have to play his way back into the rotation.
Salmons has missed the last five preseason games, including Monday night’s 103-88 loss to the Phoenix Suns at US Airways Center.
Salmons was excused from the team for personal reasons.
“No timetable,” Kings coach Keith Smart said of Salmons’ return. “Just in communication with him, and I told him just take your time and come back when you’re ready.”
Salmons began last season as the starting small forward but was benched while mired in a season-long slump.
Smart figures Salmons is working out and that he won’t return totally out of shape. The coach just doesn’t want to throw him back into a game before Salmons is ready.
“I’m sure as a veteran he’s doing (what it takes) to keep himself going,” Smart said.