Shortly after arriving in Orlando, Richaun Holmes of the Sacramento Kings unknowingly broke quarantine rules.
The Sacramento Kings have not gotten much coverage ahead of the NBA’s restart in the coming weeks, but that all changed Monday, although it was not for a good reason.
Sacramento’s breakout big man Richaun Holmes made headlines when he became the second player in the league to unknowingly break quarantine guidelines at the ‘bubble,’ forcing him back into isolation.
Holmes took the news to Twitter to address the situation and clear speculation.
"“After the initial quarantine period, I briefly and accidentally crossed the NBA campus line to pick up a food delivery. I am currently in quarantine and have 8 days left. I apologize for my actions and look forward to rejoining my teammates for our playoff push.”"
It should be noted that Holmes told reporters Friday in a Zoom call session that, “I’ve seen complaints about the food, I’ve been good down here. I would just say, thank y’all for the food.” Still, the big man had a slip-up, and he owned up to his mistakes.
This entire situation might not seem like a big deal, but with the NBA spending upwards of $150 million on the resumption of the season, they are not going to be taking any chances.
Holmes became the second player on Monday, revealed to break the guidelines, as Bruno Caboclo of the Houston Rockets “inadvertently broke quarantine.” Just like Holmes, Caboclo will remain in self-isolation for another eight days before joining the team.
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Unfortunately, Holmes will likely miss a few practices, but that will be over soon enough with plenty of time before the actual games begin.
Thankfully this mishap happened as early as it did because had it happened later, Holmes’ absence would have had significant implications for both he and the Sacramento Kings.
What does Richaun Holmes’ quarantined leave mean for him and the Sacramento Kings?
For Holmes, not only would he have to miss time, but his quarantined leave would take a significant hit on his bank account, depending on how much time he missed.
Bobby Marks of ESPN detailed what his quarantine could mean.
"“There will be a financial penalty if a player breaks quarantine once the seeding games start on July 30. Each game missed will project to roughly 1% of salary. The Richaun Holmes situation would have cost him close to $50K for every games missed.”"
For the Kings, they should be glad this situation happened when it did because going into the seeding games without Holmes would have been a significant blow to their chances.
In the middle of a career year, Holmes averaged a stellar 12.8 points, 8.3 rebounds, and 1.4 blocks per game, as he bolstered Sacramento’s top-heavy frontcourt.
Hopefully, this entire situation plays out as planned, and Holmes can put this incident behind him after his remaining eight days in isolation.
The Kings will take on the San Antonio Spurs on July 31st, hopefully with Richaun Holmes back on the court, making some positive headlines as the Kings begin their hunt for the postseason.