August 7, 2020, 9:23 pmDe'Aaron FoxPG, Sacramento Kings
De'Aaron Fox dropped 21 points and dished seven assists on Friday in a loss to the Nets, adding two rebounds and a steal in 32 minutes.
Fox has been dynamite in the bubble and Friday was probably his second-worst performance of the five games thus far. He shot 7-for-15 from the field (2-for-7 from deep) and wasn't particularly effective from the FT line (5-for-7). Fox is a franchise cornerstone in Sacramento and will look to take the Kings to higher heights in what will be his fourth professional season in 2020-21.
August 6, 2020, 5:11 pmDe'Aaron FoxPG, Sacramento Kings
De'Aaron Fox was excellent in Thursday's must-win game for the Kings, producing 30 points, 10 assists, three rebounds, three steals, one block, one 3-pointer and three turnovers in 37 minutes.
Everyone shot well from the field in this contest and Fox was no exception, going 12-for-21 overall. However, he did struggle from the charity stripe (5-of-8) but did enough in other categories to make up for it. The Kings will need to win each of their last four games to have a chance at the play-in tournament as they are currently 1.5 games back of the ninth-seeded Blazers. Fox will have to play in all of the remaining games for them to have a chance so he should be locked and loaded across formats.
August 4, 2020, 7:29 pmDe'Aaron FoxPG, Sacramento Kings
De'Aaron Fox went within one assist of a double-double in 39 minutes on Tuesday, ending the night with 28 points, nine assists, three rebounds and two steals.
Fox was almost a one-man show for the Kings, carrying them within four points of victory. Bogdan Bogdanovic (three points, three rebounds, two assists and one steal) shot just 1-of-15 from the field which meant a lot of the offensive responsibility fell onto Fox. He is clearly the motor for the Kings and should continue to be given the opportunity to put up some gaudy numbers moving forward.
August 2, 2020, 10:12 pmDe'Aaron FoxPG, Sacramento Kings
De'Aaron Fox had a letdown on Sunday with 13 points (5-of-10 FG) (3-of-5 FT), three assists, two rebounds, one steal and four turnovers against the Magic.
The Kings were down 44-26 after the first quarter, and it only got uglier until the game was well out of hand by the final quarter. Fox still logged 25 minutes but took only 10 attempts from the field after launching 33 of them on Friday and totaling 39 points in an outstanding performance. Fox's true value obviously lies somewhere in between, but it would be most welcome for Fox to close out the season on a strong note after going through a largely up-and-down third year.
July 31, 2020, 1:39 pmDe'Aaron FoxPG, Sacramento Kings
According to Marc J. Spears and Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN, a unnamed Kings player had a "false positive" for COVID-19 but is expected to play in Friday's game vs. the Spurs after receiving two consecutive negative tests.
This is obviously something that teams fear as they may be forced to play without a star player if they received a "false positive." Hopefully, this is the only incorrect test that we have to deal with in the Orlando bubble. Thankfully, it was incorrect and no one was infected with the coronavirus.
Source: Adrian Wojnarowski on Twitter
July 25, 2020, 4:19 pmDe'Aaron FoxPG, Sacramento Kings
De'Aaron Fox was able to play 19 minutes in Saturday's scrimmage, totaling seven points and six assists while looking fully recovered from a left ankle sprain.
Fox sustained the injury shortly after arriving in Orlando but he's already declared himself ready for the restart and there was nothing about his game today that leaves us with any doubts about that. He'll be a safe middle-round play in resumption leagues.
July 25, 2020, 12:13 pmDe'Aaron FoxPG, Sacramento Kings
De'Aaron Fox (sprained left ankle) will play limited minutes on Saturday against the Bucks.
The Kings will remain cautious with Fox although he was a full-go in Friday's practice. He missed about a month of action earlier this season with a Grade 3 sprain to the same ankle. It has been 10 days since the latest ankle sprain but it looks like he should be at full health for the opener.
Source: James Ham on Twitter
July 24, 2020, 12:13 pmDe'Aaron FoxPG, Sacramento Kings
De'Aaron Fox (sprained left ankle) was a "full go" in Friday's practice session and says he'll be ready for the restart of the season.
Luke Walton didn't rule Fox out of the Kings' scrimmage on Saturday, which is another good sign. They may ultimately err on the side of caution but the Kings are placing value on getting their main players some reps together before the games begin. Fox himself said that he's feeling great and that he wants to play in at least one of the team's remaining scrimmage games. Barring an aggravation in the next week, Fox looks safe to draft as you normally would in resumption fantasy leagues.
Source: James Ham on Twitter
July 22, 2020, 7:25 pmDe'Aaron FoxPG, Sacramento Kings
De'Aaron Fox will sit out of Wednesday's first scrimmage game vs. the Heat but has taken part in on-court, non-contact basketball activities.
Fox sprained his ankle on July 15 and was set to get re-evaluated in 7-10 days. We are currently one week out from the initial injury and it appears that Fox is progressing with this report. The Kings are hopeful to have both Fox and Harrison Barnes (Covid-19) available for their first contest on July 31 and we will learn more about their outlook in the coming days.
Source: Matt George on Twitter
July 22, 2020, 6:58 pmHarrison BarnesSF, Sacramento Kings
Harrison Barnes remains in Sacramento after testing positive for Covid-19 and has yet to clear the NBA coronavirus protocol in order to travel to the Orlando campus.
It was also reported that Barnes will be on the first flight out to Orlando as soon as he receives his two negative test results. The Kings have been hit hard over the last week with De'Aaron Fox spraining his ankle and Marvin Bagley suffering another foot injury. Luckily, the team seems optimistic about Fox's chances of playing in their first game on July 31 while Bagley will sit out the remainder of the season. Hopefully, Barnes can join the team soon in order to be able to play in the team's first contest. We'll learn more over the coming days.
Source: Jason Jones on Twitter
July 22, 2020, 6:10 pmDe'Aaron FoxPG, Sacramento Kings
De'Aaron Fox is still recovering from a left ankle sprain that he suffered in practice last week and will be sidelined for the Kings' first scrimmage against the Heat on Wednesday night.
The team will move very cautiously with their point guard of the future as he works his way back from his most recent ailment. Cory Joseph should get the start while Yogi Ferrell could also see some additional run on Wednesday.
Source: Marc J. Spears on Twitter
July 21, 2020, 2:44 pmDe'Aaron FoxPG, Sacramento Kings
De'Aaron Fox (left ankle sprain) is reportedly making good progress and Luke Walton expects the PG to be back with the team "soon."
Fox did not go through any contact work at Tuesday's practice but this is a promising update just the same. The Kentucky product was set to be re-evaluated in 7-10 days after initially getting hurt on July 16, so we should have a more official update by the end of the week. A healthy Fox might be Sacramento's only shot at a miracle postseason berth.
Source: Jason Anderson on Twitter
July 19, 2020, 12:34 pmDe'Aaron FoxPG, Sacramento Kings
De'Aaron Fox averaged a career-best 20.4 points per game in 2019-20 but could only muster top-60/90 value (8/9-cat) in fantasy due to small steps back in other key categories.
Fox is a dynamic player and the engine that drives the Kings, but he was unable to take the step towards the early rounds for fantasy GMs. His turnovers increased from 2.8 to 3.1 per contest, while his assists fell from 7.3 to 6.8, his steals fell from 1.6 to 1.4 and his threes fell from 1.1 to 1.0 (with his 3P% plummeting from .371 to .307). Despite a career-high .475 mark from the field overall, Fox was largely stuck in neutral from a fantasy perspective. A month-long absence for a sprained left ankle took the wind from his sails and certainly had an effect on his numbers, as did the fact that the Kings really dialed down their tempo under Luke Walton. One of those things should be back in Fox's favor going forward, but the jury is out on the other. Either way he's got a middle-round floor.
July 15, 2020, 7:35 pmDe'Aaron FoxPG, Sacramento Kings
De'Aaron Fox suffered a sprained left ankle in practice on Wednesday and is expected to be re-evaluated in 7-10 days.
This is unfortunate news for a Kings team that was almost fully healthy with the exception of Harrison Barnes (Covid-19). The eight-game seeding games will begin on July 31 for the Kings which gives De'Aaron 16 days to get healthy. This is something to monitor as teams may be extra cautious in Orlando so that they can head into 2020-21 season fully healthy, especially teams that have practically no chance at contending like the Kings. Cory Joseph would see an increase in minutes if Fox sat out for any length of time but he does not have an intriguing fantasy stat-set.
Source: Jason Anderson on Twitter
July 6, 2020, 12:14 amDe'Aaron FoxPG, Sacramento Kings
Sam Amick is reporting that the Kings have shut down their practice facility after a member of the team's traveling party tested positive for COVID-19.
The Kings are set to depart for Orlando on Wednesday and the facility will be shut until after they leave town. Buddy Hield and Alex Len have already tested positive for COVID-19, though the report doesn't specify if it's another member of the roster to come down with the virus. Sacramento joins the Nuggets, Nets, Bucks, Heat and Clippers as teams who have had to close their practice facilities in this phase of reopening. The NBA is set to send 22 of its teams to Florida in the coming weeks.
Source: Sam Amick on Twitter