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Report: Kings guard Buddy Hield tests positive for coronavirus

Kings guard Buddy Hield

SACRAMENTO, CA - MARCH 8: Buddy Hield #24 of the Sacramento Kings looks on during the game against the Toronto Raptors on March 8, 2020 at Golden 1 Center in Sacramento, California. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2020 NBAE (Photo by Rocky Widner/NBAE via Getty Images)

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Kings forward Jabari Parker tested positive for coronavirus.

So did his Sacramento teammate Buddy Hield.

Shams Charania of The Athletic:

Parker said he was in Chicago. So, these diagnoses don’t indicate a team-wide breakout.

A couple weeks ago, Hield played in an Oklahoma pro-am:

That looked like a high-risk environment – little-to-no social distancing, few masks, crowded indoor gym, people physically exerting themselves. Hopefully, Hield hasn’t spread coronavirus further and recovers smoothly.

Hield would be a key loss for the Kings, who are trying to sneak into the playoffs. They still have Bogdan Bogdanovic at shooting guard, and newly signed Corey Brewer adds depth. But Hield is a talented player, whose 3-point shooting would be difficult to replace.

However his health progresses, Hield at least has the lucrative contract extension he signed last year.