Kuzma to return from COVID-19 protocol vs. Kings


The Wizards are set to have forward Kyle Kuzma back in their starting lineup on Wednesday night against the Sacramento Kings following a two-game absence after he tested positive for COVID-19.

Kuzma hit the game-winning shot last Wednesday against the Pistons for the Wizards' lone win in their last six games. Two days later, the team announced he had entered the league's health and safety protocols. A Wizards staffer also tested positive.

Head coach Wes Unseld Jr. had expressed optimisim in recent days that Kuzma would not be out long and was hopeful he could join the team on their six-game road trip. He sat out on Saturday at home against the Jazz, then missed Monday's game against the Nuggets, both of them losses.

Kuzma, 26, is averaging 13.4 points, 8.3 rebounds and 2.9 assists this season while shooting 42.5% overall and 35.5% from three. He has been one of the Wizards' better players this season, particularly late in games.

Kuzma had also appeared in all of the Wizards' first 26 games this season, one of only four players on their roster to do so. Now he is returning in time for a back-to-back set for the Wizards, as they play at the Kings and then at the Suns the following night.

The Kings, meanwhile, will be without interim head coach Alvin Gentry, who entered protocol earlier on Wednesday. Assistant coach Doug Christie will take his place.