Kings center Holmes enters NBA's COVID-19 protocol


Just when the Kings thought they were free from the NBA's COVID-19 grip, it got them again.

Kings starting center Richaun Holmes is out for Sacramento's game against the Miami Heat on Sunday after entering the NBA's health and safety protocol Saturday, per the league's 6:30 p.m. PT injury report.

ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski first reported that Holmes had entered the protocol.

While a lot of teams are dealing with severe COVID-19 outbreaks, the Kings were one of the hardest hit teams. In December, De'Aaron Fox, Davion Mitchell, Alex Len, Louis King, Marvin Bagley III and Terence Davis all entered the league's protocol at one point, while interim head coach Alvin Gentry also missed 10 days while in the protocol before returning last Sunday.

The NBA did announce earlier in the week that vaccinated players can return earlier than unvaccinated players.

Holmes, who missed time this season with an eye injury, is averaging 12.6 points and 8.7 rebounds in 27 games this season.

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The Kings are scheduled to host the Heat at 3 p.m. PT on Sunday at Golden 1 Center.