Sean Cunningam: ‘I think [Trey Lyles] is hoping to make his return on this trip’

Nov 21, 2023, 2:07 PM

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NEW ORLEANS, LOUISIANA - APRIL 04: Trey Lyles #41 of the Sacramento Kings reacts against the New Orleans Pelicans during the first half at the Smoothie King Center on April 04, 2023 in New Orleans, Louisiana. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this Photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Jonathan Bachman/Getty Images)

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Sean Cunningham, longtime Sacramento Kings reporter currently working for FOX40, joined Stiles & Watkins Tuesday afternoon to discuss their blowout loss to the New Orleans Pelicans, provide injury updates (particularly regarding Trey Lyles), potential trades as the season continues, and more.

The trio began by asking Cunningham if he had any standout takeaways from the 129-93 loss or if the team should elect to burn the tape and move forward. While acknowledging some of the scheduling complications (second night of a back-to-back amidst a six-game road trip), their lack of physicality and typical pace caught his attention.

Being without Trey Lyles (calf), Alex Len (ankle), Keon Ellis (ankle), and Sasha Vezenkov (thumb) played a factor, more so considering Keegan Murray (lower back) and Chris Duarte (hand) became unavailable during the action.

When asked if he had any update regarding their status, Cunningham pointed out a recent Instagram post from Trey Lyles that could hint at his return and shared that Lyles participated in a five-on-five workout Tuesday morning.

“I think he’s hoping to make his debut on this trip. He was able to go through a five-on-five workout last night before the game,” he said. “So, I think that’s trending well. There’s a possibility of seeing him in the next game of two… if he’s putting that out today, I would imagine he’s making his debut tomorrow.”

With a slew of injuries piling up, getting Trey Lyles back in the lineup could be crucial for the Sacramento Kings in the near future.

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Other topics discussed include:

  • What would Trey Lyles bring to the Kings if he were to return soon?
  • Sacramento’s potential options in the trade market and what type of players they should be targeting
  • Any interest in Zach LaVine, Pascal Siakam, or OG Anunoby?
  • The fine line of not disturbing locker room chemistry while attempting to improve the roster
  • And plenty more!

When is the next Sacramento Kings Game?

These two teams will return to the Smoothie King Center on Monday for a rematch in what will be Sacramento’s final game in New Orleans this season.

Be sure to tune in right here on Sactown Sports 1140 for all of your Kings vs. Pelicans coverage, beginning at 3:30 PM PST on Game Night before a 5:00 PM PST tip-off from New Orleans.

Upcoming Schedule

  • Wednesday, November 22nd – Sacramento Kings @ New Orleans Pelicans – 5:00 PM PST
  • Friday, November 24th – Sacramento Kings @ Minnesota Timberwolves** – 5:00 PM PST
  • Tuesday, November 28th – Sacramento Kings vs. Golden State Warriors** – 7:00 PM PST
  • Wednesday, November 29th – Sacramento Kings vs. Los Angeles Clippers – 7:00 PM PST
  • Saturday, December 2nd – Sacramento Kings vs. Denver Nuggets – 7:00 PM PST

** NBA In-Season Tournament Group Play

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