Source: Kings rookie Murray cleared to play Sat.

by Gordon Dixon - Kings rookie Keegan Murray has been cleared from health and safety protocols to make his NBA debut Saturday against the Clippers.

Source: Kings rookie Keegan Murray cleared for debut Saturday 8:48 PM ET Marc J. Spears Sacramento Kings rookie forward Keegan Murray is slated to make his NBA debut against the LA Clippers on Saturday night after being fully cleared, a source told ESPN's Andscape. Murray was placed in health and safety protocols on Oct. 14 and missed the Kings' final two preseason games. The fourth pick in the 2022 NBA draft also missed the season-opening loss to the visiting Portland Trail Blazers on Wednesday because he didn't participate in a practice in time before the arrival of the game. New Kings head coach Mike Brown said he didn't feel comfortable with Murray playing in a game until he practiced first. Murray was able to fully practice on Friday in Sacramento, which led to him being fully cleared by the Kings. Murray told Andscape on Wednesday that he was very disappointed about missing the season-opener but he expected to play against the Clippers. The former Iowa star averaged 16 points, 4.5 rebounds, two steals and shot 70% from 3-point range in three preseason games. Murray also was the 2022 Most Valuable Player of the 2K23 NBA Summer League after averaging 23.3 points, 7.3 rebounds, 2.0 assists and 1.3 steals per contest in four games.