Kings Head coach Luke Walton is going to have to wait a little longer before he’s playing with a full deck of cards.
Trevor Ariza is back in the fold, but neither De’Aaron Fox, nor Marvin Bagley is ready to go just yet.
Ariza has missed seven of the last eight games with a sore groin and a personal issue. When the team’s injury report came out on Monday afternoon, the 16-year NBA veteram was not listed and he is expected to suit up.
According to an official release from the Kings, Fox, who has a Grade 3 ankle sprain, will not travel with the team on their upcoming four-game road trip.
“[Fox] continues to make progress as he has returned to on-court, non-contact basketball activities,” the release says.
The 21-year-old point guard injured his left ankle at the end of practice on Nov. 11. He has missed the last nine games for the Kings and will be re-evaluated in two-to-three weeks.
Bagley broke his right thumb in the season opener in Phoenix and has yet to be cleared for contact. He’s been on the court working out and staying in shape, but he will miss at least another two games for Sacramento before being re-evaluated by the end of the week by the team’s medical staff.
Walton continues to mix and match his lineups and has his team playing well. After an 0-5 start, the Kings are rolling into December at 8-10, and currently are tied for the eighth-best record in Western Conference.