5:10 PM : Reportedly, Fox is poised to play against the Cleveland Cavaliers following a five-game absence due to a sprained ankle. His return signifies that Keon Ellis will no longer hold a starting position and might even find himself outside the rotation entirely, given that Fox won’t have any limitations on his playing time.
11:30AM : Sacramento Kings’ All-Star De’Aaron Fox is anticipated to rejoin the lineup either tonight against the Cavaliers or on Wednesday when they face the Lakers, according to Shams Charania of The Athletic.
Despite being absent from the court for five consecutive games due to a right ankle sprain, his active involvement in a 5-on-5 scrimmage with the Kings on Sunday was a promising sign that he will return to play soon. Additionally, he was a full participant in Monday’s shootaround.
The 25-year-old had a remarkable 2022/23 season, securing his first All-Star and All-NBA honors. Sacramento ended its lengthy playoff drought last season with a 48-34 record, earning the West’s No. 3 seed.
Unfortunately, they were eliminated in the first-round series against Golden State after a seven-game battle.
In the ’23/24 season, Fox has continued his exceptional performance, averaging 31.3 points, 4.3 rebounds, 6.0 assists, and 1.3 steals per game while playing an average of 35.3 minutes.
With Fox in the starting lineup, the Kings have won 2 out of 3 games, and they currently hold a 4-4 record.
As for Trey Lyles, the uncertainty continues regarding his season debut, as he’s set to miss his ninth consecutive game of the season.