But his Friday morning wasn't as pleasant.
The Kings announced that Ariza had a lipoma removed from his back Friday morning.
Ariza will miss the Kings' final two preseason games, and will be re-evaluated following the Oct. 16 game against Melbourne United.
The 34-year-old signed a two-year, $25 million contract with the Kings this offseason and is expected to provide a stabilizing veteran presence on the second unit.
As for Harry Giles, the 21-year-old big man will also miss the final two preseason games as he recovers from left knee soreness.
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Giles missed the Kings' trip to India last week and underwent a precautionary MRI on his knee on Sept. 30. The test came back clean.
The Kings are playing it safe with Giles, who has a history of serious knee injuries. The goal is to have him ready for the regular season.
Sacramento wraps up the preseason with a game in Utah on Monday, Oct. 14 and a home game against Melboune United on Wednesday, Oct. 16. After a week off, the Kings open the 2019-20 regular season against the Phoenix Suns on Wednesday, Oct. 23.
Trevor Ariza, Harry Giles to miss Kings' final two NBA preseason games originally appeared on NBC Sports Bay Area