Kings’ Buddy Hield tests positive for coronavirus
Sacramento Kings shooting guard Buddy Hield has tested positive for COVID-19, per Shams Charania and Sam Amick of The Athletic.
Kings small forward Jabari Parker has contracted the virus as well.
Kings guard Buddy Hield has tested positive for coronavirus, sources tell me and @sam_amick.
— Shams Charania (@ShamsCharania) June 25, 2020
Hield is one of the best shooters in the NBA. The former Oklahoma Sooner was averaging 19.8 points, 4.8 rebounds and 3.1 assists for the Kings in 2019-20 before games were suspended in March. Hield was shooting 42.9 percent from the field, 39.5 percent from beyond the arc and 85.5 percent from the free-throw line.
The Kings are among the 22 teams scheduled to partake in the season’s restart in Orlando, Florida at Walt Disney World. Sacramento is looking to shock the basketball world and reach the 2020 playoffs.
This news on Hield is very unfortunate. Hopefully, the Kings star is asymptomatic and able to play in the “bubble” games, which will begin on July 30.
Buddy Hield began his NBA career with the New Orleans Pelicans. The Kings acquired him in the blockbuster DeMarcus Cousins trade in 2017. Hield has career NBA averages of 15.9 points, 4.2 boards and 2.2 assists. He signed a lucrative contract extension with the Kings before the 2019-20 campaign started.
Sacramento will be battling it out with the Memphis Grizzlies, Portland Trail Blazers, Phoenix Suns, New Orleans Pelicans and San Antonio Spurs for the final playoff spot in the Western Conference once the “bubble” games begin.
If the Kings somehow clinch the eighth seed, they will face the Los Angeles Lakers in the first round of the 2020 playoffs.