Sacramento Kings D’Aron Fox out at least a week after spraining his ankle

The team announced that Sacramento Kings guard D’Aron Fox had a sprained left ankle in practice on Wednesday and would be re-evaluated for seven to 10 days.

An MRI confirmed the injury.

Fox was the leader of the Kings (20.4), assists (6.8) and steals (1.4) due to a coronovirus epidemic caused by suspensions before the NBA’s play in March. He said recently that his fast playing style may surprise some teams in rerouting Sacramento.

“Some people draw energy from the crowd or things like that. Right now, you have to bring it yourself,” Fox told reporters Sunday in a video conference call. “There’s no rush. You’ve just been able to play basketball.”

Fox’s injury was the latest development in a snakebite restart for Sacramento, with four players – Buddy Heidel, Harrison Barnes, Jabari Parker and Alex Lane – testing positive for COVID-19 before camp. A fifth player, center Richaun Holmes, inadvertently left the perimeter of the campus in Orlando, Florida, and had to return to quarantine for 10 days.

The Kings played their first three matches against the Miami Heat on July 22. They play the first of eight “seeding” games against the San Antonio Spurs on July 31.

After going 7-3 in their last 10 matches before the March Hiatus, Sacramento trails the Memphis Grizzlies’ 3 back games for the No. 8 spot in the Western Conference. At the conclusion of the seeding games, the ninth-placed team may be forced to play with the eighth-ranked team until the No. 9 team is within four matches. The No. 9 team will have to defeat the No. 8 team in two consecutive matches to achieve a first-round playoff berth. The team at number 8 will have to win only once so that they can continue in their position.