UPDATE: Not only has Hield tested positive, but Alex Len and Jabari Parker have tested positive for Covid-19 as well.
Kings center Alex Len says he has tested positive for coronavirus. Statement from Len, who emerged as key rotation piece for Sacramento prior to NBA hiatus: pic.twitter.com/A5yBcL8Obc— Shams Charania (@ShamsCharania) June 25, 2020
Sacramento Kings G Buddy Hield has tested positive for Covid-19, The Athletic’s Shams Charania reported late Wednesday night. Earlier in the day, Indiana Pacers G Malcolm Brogdon confirmed that he has tested positive for Covid-19 as well. Brogdon expects to play when the season restarts in Orlando. For now, it’s unclear if that’s the plan for Hield.
Kings guard Buddy Hield has tested positive for coronavirus, sources tell me and @sam_amick.— Shams Charania (@ShamsCharania) June 25, 2020
The Kings are in a tough spot to the make the playoffs, sitting 3.5 games back of the Memphis Grizzlies and in a three-way tie with the New Orleans Pelicans and Portland Trail Blazers. If the Kings were to be without one of their top scorers, Sacramento would have an even tougher time making a run with just eight games in the regular season.
Players have until July to decide whether or not they want to participate in the season restart at Disney World. Hield has some time to make a decision, so we’ll see once his tests come back negative. Denver Nuggets C Nikola Jokic also tested positive fo Covid-19 over in Serbia, another Western Conference player.