Sacramento Kings: Marvin Bagley officially out for the rest of the season

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Sacramento Kings’ big man Marvin Bagley has been ruled out for the rest of the season.

The Sacramento Kings have been hit with a string of misfortune unmatched by any other team that’s a part of the NBA restart. And that misfortune continued on Tuesday following the announcement regarding Marvin Bagley‘s status.

Bagley initially injured his foot during a team scrimmage on Sunday when he came down on a teammate’s foot while attempting to secure an offensive rebound. While the original diagnosis was unclear, things certainly didn’t look good.

And now after the extent of his injury has been made known, it’s clear that everyone’s worst fears have come to fruition.

The Kings announced on Tuesday night that Bagley had sustained a lateral foot sprain and would be kept out of the NBA’s restart. The Athletic’s Jason Jones reported on Wednesday that the young forward had left the Orlando bubble and would not be traveling with the team.

Moreover, head coach Luke Walton indicated that the Kings would not be allowed to add a substitute to the roster since he’s out with an injury and not a positive test of COVID-19 like four other players on the roster.

From the likes of Buddy Hield, Harrison Barnes, Alex Len, and Jabari Parker all testing positive for COVID-19 to Richaun Holmes leaving the bubble and being forced into quarantine, the Kings have been hit with some unprecedented bad luck.

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Combine that with De’Aaron Fox‘s ankle injury and now the latest injury to Bagley and it’s safe to say that no team has had it worse over the last few weeks than the Kings.

Marvin Bagley’s latest injury is a significant blow to both him and the Sacramento Kings.

And for Bagley, it’s hard to imagine a player who’s been snakebitten more than he has.

The former Duke star missed 20 games in his rookie season as a result of knee and back injuries, but hoped to return healthy and improved this year. Unfortunately, that obviously didn’t happen.

Bagley was hit with more injuries and played in just 13 games this season. From a broken thumb to a reaggravated foot injury, Bagley can’t seem to stay on the court. Now, he’s gone and injured his other foot.

It’s hard not to feel for the guy.

Players like Harry Giles and Nemanja Bjelica will be asked to step up in the meantime with the hope that Holmes could join the big-man rotation again by the end of the week.

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But this is simply a shame — there’s no other way to look at it. For the Kings and for Bagley, this hurts.