Marvin Bagley played just 13 games for the Kings this season due to a left foot sprain and a thumb injury. Sacramento’s hope for the restart was getting him and De'Aaron Fox paired on the court together, giving the duo a chance to build chemistry, and maybe shock the league and end the franchise’s 14-year playoff drought.
No such luck. Fox is out with a sprained ankle and not practicing with the team. Now comes word Bagley injured his right foot in practice Sunday and underwent an MRI, with the team still waiting for the results.
Marvin Bagley injured his right foot at practice in Sunday. Team awaiting MRI results. pic.twitter.com/dAWVlOBmi1
— James Ham (@James_HamNBCS) July 20, 2020
Coach Luke Walton said the injury occurred when Bagley went up to get a rebound and landed on another players’ foot.
Luck has not followed the Kings to Orlando. Four players tested positive for the coronavirus — Buddy Hield, Jabari Parker, Alex Len, and Harrison Barnes — and Barnes is still in quarantine and has yet to join the team. Richaun Holmes is in a 10-day quarantine after accidentally leaving the NBA’s Walt Disney World campus to meet a food delivery person. Then came Fox’s ankle.
Bagley and Holmes being sidelined leaves Harry Giles as the lone healthy center on the roster. Walton praised Giles conditioning, while veteran Bogdan Bogdanovic gave an interesting glimpse into how the Kings’ offense may look, via NBC Sports Bay Area.
“Honestly, in the team we play together, we use Harry as our point guard,” Bogdanovic said. “He can pass so I try not to dribble as much. I hit him as soon as I can and I play off him.”
Giles as a playmaker is an experiment worth trying, but the Kings really need Fox and Bagley healthy to be a threat to make the playoffs.