Kings' Marvin Bagley III cleared to return after 11-game injury absence


SACRAMENTO -- He’s back.

After missing the last 11 games with a bone bruise in his left knee, Marvin Bagley III's name did not appear on the team's injury report Monday morning and he is expected to make his return when the Sacramento Kings host the Orlando Magic at Golden 1 Center.

The Kings have taken a cautious approach to 19-year-old power forward, but after being pain-free for over a week, they are finally ready to allow the No. 2 overall pick in the 2018 NBA Draft to return to game action.

Bagley is averaging 12.7 points, 6.1 assists and a block in 23.1 minutes per night. He quickly cemented himself into the rotation for Dave Joerger and his presence as both a scorer and rebounder with the second unit has been sorely missed.

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It’s unclear whether the rookie will have a minutes restriction early on, but he’s been able to practice and workout with the team over the last week in preparation for his return.

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