De’Aaron Fox isn’t injured, but he’s going to miss some significant time for the Sacramento Kings.
Shams Charania and Sam Amick of The Athletic reported on Friday night that Fox will miss the next 10-14 days due to the NBA’s COVID-19 health and safety protocols. At this time, it is not known if Fox tested positive for the coronavirus or if he just came in close contact with someone who did.
Kings guard De’Aaron Fox is expected to miss at least 10-to-14 days due to health and safety protocols, sources tell me and @sam_amick. Sacramento is currently three games out of play-in 10th seed.
— Shams Charania (@ShamsCharania) April 24, 2021
The timing couldn’t be worse for Fox and the Kings franchise, either. The former Wildcat has been playing the best basketball of his career up until this news and the Kings are barely within striking distance of sneaking into the play-in tournament as the nine- or 10-seed. Sitting on a record of 24-35, Sacramento is now 5.5 games behind the New Orleans Pelicans for the final play-in spot with the regular season quickly coming to a close. Sacramento has 13 games left on its schedule.
The Kings had won two of its previous three outings before the news about Fox going into health and safety protocols broke, but was coming off a nine-game losing streak prior to that. Considering Fox has been averaging 28.4 points, 3.9 rebounds, and 6.9 assists since the beginning of March, it’s fair to say most of Sacramento’s issues lie elsewhere.
We hope to see you back soon, De’Aaron. In the meantime, check out just how special he’s been during the 2020-21 season.