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Three Sacramento Kings players test positive for coronavirus

Jabari Parker and Alex Len have made statements regarding their positive tests.

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — A total of three players with the Sacramento Kings have been confirmed to have coronavirus through individual statements and NBA sources.

The series of reveals started Wednesday afternoon, beginning with a statement from Kings forward Jabari Parker.

Parker confirmed his positive test result in a statement to ABC10. He said he got the news several days ago and has been self-isolating in Chicago.

"Several days ago I tested positive for COVID-19 and immediately self-isolated in Chicago which is where I remain," Parker said. "I am progressing in my recovery and feeling well. I look forward to joining my teammates in Orlando as we return to the court for the resumption of the NBA season.” 

The statement came after ABC10's Sean Cunningham reported that, according to multiple sources, a Kings player tested positive for the virus. 

NBA sources have also confirmed that shooting guard Buddy Hield tested positive for the virus as well. 

Sources spoke to ABC10 on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to speak publicly on the matter. Due to health information privacy, teams have not disclosed positive tests publicly.

Kings center Alex Len confirmed on his Instagram story that he has also tested positive for the coronavirus.  

In his post, Len said he was tested and learned the result on June 23.

"I want to thank the Sacramento Kings for their great care and the NBA for putting the protocols in place to catch this early," Len said on Instagram.

He said that he is isolating himself and is looking forward to getting cleared and rejoining his teammates. 

The Kings (28-36) will be one of the 22 NBA teams that will resume their season at Walt Disney World Resort in Orlando, Florida. They are set to begin training camp beginning on July 9, before tipping-off the remaining eight games of the regular season schedule on July 30 at the Walt Disney World Resort.

Hield, 27, is in his fourth season with Sacramento and averaging 19.8 points, 4.8 rebounds and 3.9 assists per contest. He was crowned the three-point contest champion during All-Star Weekend in Chicago back in February. 

Parker and Len were acquired by the Kings in a trade with the Hawks, which sent center Dewayne Dedmon back to Atlanta.

Parker, 25, has been hampered by injuries and hasn't been able to crack Luke Walton's rotation in Sacramento. He has appeared in just one game with the Kings, but averaged 15 points in his 32 contests this season in Atlanta. 

Len, 27, has played nine games with Sacramento and been a bright spot since the trade from Atlanta. He's averaging almost seven points and pulling down more than seven rebounds per game as a King.


Follow Sean Cunningham on Twitter: @SeanCunningham

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