Two of the four people who did not travel with the Kings to Orlando due to positive coronavirus tests will be joining the team soon, according to head coach Luke Walton on Saturday’s Zoom media session.
Two of the people that did not travel with us have had back-to-back negative tests now so they will be joining us here in Orlando soon, said Walton, who did not reveal any names.
Jason Anderson of The Sacramento Bee reports that Buddy Hield said he is planning to travel out to join the rest of the squad soon. Hield, along with Alex Len and Jabari Parker are the three known players who tested positive. The fourth person who did not travel with the team is still unknown.
Buddy Hield shared a clip of a plane Sunday morning.
It appears that Buddy Hield is on the move. Next stop Orlando? pic.twitter.com/8ePrrUbKvN
— James Ham (@James_HamNBA) July 12, 2020
Additionally, on Saturday’s call Marvin Bagley and De’Aaron Fox shared which social justice messages they would be wearing on the back of their jerseys.
Fox will have “Anti-Racist” on the back of his jersey.
“I think a lot of things stimulate from racism. Baze [Kent Bazemore] is talking about education reform and things like that. I think it all either is racism, blatant racism, or systematic racism. So, that is why I picked anti-racist for my jersey. I think it touches a lot of bases,” Fox said.
Bagley will have “Freedom” appear on the back of his jersey.
“That one word means a lot to me whenever I see it or hear it,” he said. With all this going on, until African Americans have an equal playing field we’re not free.
Sean Cunningham reports that every player on the Kings will have a social justice message on their jersey.
While 17 NBA players, including LeBron James, decided not to put any social justice messages on the back of their jerseys, per sources. Source also tells me that all of the members of the Kings did select a message.
— Sean Cunningham (@SeanCunningham) July 12, 2020
Also of note from the call, Walton stated that he sees Bagley as a position-less player, eventually.
“We see Marvin as a player that down the road is going to be pretty much a position-less type of basketball player. For now, and getting him back, we’ve got him getting most of his reps at the five and the four,” Walton said. We’re confident with him and his ability at either position.