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Buddy Hield appears to be headed to Orlando, plus Fox and Bagley reveal their social justice jersey messages

Two of the four people who did not travel to Orlando could be traveling there soon. Reports indicate Buddy Hield could be one of them.

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.

€œTwo 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.

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. €œWith 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.

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. €œWe're confident with him and his ability at either position.€

Watch the media session here.

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RikSmits
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July 12, 2020 9:52 am

Oh dear, that sounds ominous.
 
<blockquote class=”twitter-tweet”><p lang=”en” dir=”ltr”>According to NBA officials, the Clippers, Suns and Wizards have all canceled team practice today. There will be no media availability for those teams and there is no further explanation at this time.</p>&mdash; Jason Anderson (@JandersonSacBee) <a href=”https://twitter.com/JandersonSacBee/status/1282349297363611648?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw”>July 12, 2020</a></blockquote> <script async src=”https://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js” charset=”utf-8″></script>
 
 Crap, can someone explain how to embed tweets? 
 

 

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July 12, 2020 10:42 am
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I just saw that as well, it cannot be good.
 
I wonder when and what the trigger is for Silver to pull the plug. Ten players get it in Orlando? Twenty? A coach/staff member being hospitalized? A whole team withdrawing?

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July 12, 2020 10:45 am
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Yeah, that doesn’t look good. If just one case gets into the bubble, it’s over, right?

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July 13, 2020 8:55 am
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It turned out to just be a scheduled day off for those teams, nothing ominous.

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July 14, 2020 9:02 am
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You should be able to embed by just copy and pasting the url of the tweet itself into the comment. Not using the provided embed code.
 

 

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July 12, 2020 10:07 am

Also of note from the call, Walton stated that he sees Bagley as a position-less player, eventually.
 
Can’t argue with this, as long as he is position-less and matching up against the other teams 5!

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July 12, 2020 11:22 am
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I’m not one to rush to the defense of Walton, but it sounds a bit more constructive than:

I don’t have a clue what to do with this kid.

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July 12, 2020 10:23 am

See a cynical old guy like me thinks of someone yelling about their rights in the supermarket when I hear the word “Freedom” now. Good on Bagley for pointing out the real meaning and historical weight behind that word.

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July 12, 2020 10:24 am

I guess, position-less in this context means he won’t have a position on this team over the medium term?

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July 12, 2020 11:18 am
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Is sitting on the bench considered a position? Thinking it is position-less?
 

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July 12, 2020 12:51 pm
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Ancient Kings proverb as it pertains to sitting on the bench:
 
€One must first Kleine before they can re-Kleine.€

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July 12, 2020 3:22 pm
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I am in-Kleined to de-Kleine.

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July 12, 2020 4:49 pm
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July 12, 2020 3:21 pm
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He can sit anywhere on the bench he likes. That’s position-less.

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July 12, 2020 9:15 pm
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What is the position where he learns to set a screen and throw a pass? I vote for that one.

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July 13, 2020 5:41 am
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He positively should not play positions 1-3. That’s how position-less he should be

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July 13, 2020 5:38 am

Here we go again:

 “We see Marvin as a player that down the road is going to be pretty much a position-less type of basketball player.

 Just let the kid play basketball to his own strengths for gods sake
 

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July 13, 2020 7:35 am
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I agree only to a small extent.
 
This team is not here to fit Marvin’s needs. Marvin is here to fit the team’s needs.
If Marvin’s strengths do not fit with what this team needs (hint, they largely do not), he should work hard to improve his weaknesses.

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July 13, 2020 6:00 pm
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I agree, but I don’t think there’ll be enough time in Orlando for him to significantly improve his weaknesses.

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