The NBA has continued to leave the door open for a return to action in the 2019-20 season sometime this year, but at this point very few outside of the league office have any real idea when that will happen.
Count Kings forward Harrison Barnes among those who aren't sure what the future holds, but he's hearing some positive things about a potential resumption of the season.
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"I think a lot of it is up in the air still," Barnes said on NBA TV last week. "But I think there's a growing sense of optimism around the fact that there will be games again this season. Whether that looks like 16 teams or all the teams playing, whatever type of format, all of that is still in the air, but I think there's a growing confidence that there will be games at some point to finish out the season."
The Kings last took the court on March 12, but were the final NBA game the night Utah Jazz center Rudy Gobert tested positive for the coronavirus, which forced a postponement of not just that matchup with the New Orleans Pelicans at the Golden 1 Center but the entire NBA season.
Barnes likely wants this season back more than anyone on the roster, as his bet to not shave his beard until the Kings return to a .500 record remains well out of reach, as Sacramento was 28-36 prior to the season's suspension.
If Barnes' confidence comes to fruition in the near future, he finally can help the Kings win enough games to finally break that trusty razor out of the medicine cabinet.