The Sacramento Kings announced Thursday that Marvin Bagley has been cleared to return to basketball activities.
From the Kings:
Sacramento Kings forward Marvin Bagley III underwent further evaluation and it has been determined that the fourth metacarpal has healed.
He is cleared to return to basketball activities and a return to game action will be updated as appropriate.
This does not provide a timetable on when Bagley will return to games, but Sam Amick reports that he will likely return to action next week.
Source says the Kings’ Marvin Bagley is targeting a return to play sometime next week. The Kings play Golden State Sunday, Dallas Monday, Utah Wednesday and Lakers Friday. The team just announced that his fourth metacarpal injury is healed.
— Sam Amick (@sam_amick) April 22, 2021
Before getting hurt, Bagley had shown flashes of potential this season. His offense in particular looked pretty good, including his interior and outside scoring. Bagley's defense had still been pretty atrocious.
Last week in media availability Luke Walton praised Bagley conditioning upon returning to the team, so it isn't entirely surprising that Bagley may be ready to play again quickly. There were some, myself included, who wondered if Bagley would play again this season. There's plenty of rumors that Bagley and the Kings may prefer to go their separate ways this summer.
I don't know if Bagley will ever find success in Sacramento, but I'll always be rooting for it to happen. With that in mind, I'm glad to see he's recovered and will have a chance to play again this year.