Kings swingman Buddy Hield has tested positive for the novel coronavirus COVID-19, according to Sean Cunningham of ABC10 Sacramento (Twitter link). According to Cunningham, Hield has been in Dallas for most of the NBA’s hiatus, but had notched 45 points during a Skinz League Game in Oklahoma two weeks ago.
Hield tells Leo Beas of Cowbell Kingdom (Twitter link) that he feels fine and will be ready to join the team in Orlando once he’s medically cleared.
Hield was replaced by Bogdan Bogdanovic in the team’s starting lineup by first-year Kings head coach Luke Walton in January, and has come off the bench for the team’s past 20 games. Hield converted 46.3% of his long range attempts in February following the move, per Jason Anderson of the Sacramento Bee.
The 6’4″ Hield, an Oklahoma alum, is averaging 19.8 PPG, 4.8 RPG, and 3.1 APG for the 28-36 Kings this season. This year overall, Hield is connecting on 42.9% of his field goals (including 39.5% on a career-high 9.7 three-point attempts per game) and 85.5% of his attempts from the charity stripe.
Meanwhile in Chicago, Hield’s Kings teammate Jabari Parker announced today that he too has tested positive for the coronavirus. Sacramento made the cut to join the 22 squads invited to the NBA’s season restart in Orlando.