Kings first-round pick Harry Giles out until January to strengthen knee

Sacramento Kings rookie forward Harry Giles is out through at least January as the team and Giles focus on “a measured and sustained progression plan designed to improve physical strength in his surgically repaired knees,” the Kings said in a statement.

Giles, who has a history of knee injuries that have resulted in multiple surgeries, was the 20th overall pick in the first round of the 2017 draft. He tore his left MCL and ACL before his sophomore year of high school, tore his right ACL his senior year of high school and underwent surgery on his left knee before his freshman season at Duke.

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The Kings said Giles, 19, is otherwise healthy and can participle in controlled elements of 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,” the team said in the news release.

Giles played in 26 games for Duke, averaging 3.9 points and 3.8 rebounds and shooting 57.7% from the field.

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