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Report: Buddy Hield the latest NBA player to test positive for Covid-19

Kings guard has tested positive for the virus with the NBA season set to return in July. He’s among three SacTown players to test positive.

Sacramento Kings guard Buddy Hield during the game against the Philadelphia 76ers at Golden 1 Center.  Sergio Estrada-USA TODAY Sports

UPDATE: Not only has Hield tested positive, but Alex Len and Jabari Parker have tested positive for Covid-19 as well.

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.

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.