Sacramento Kings big man Marvin Bagley III was spotted wearing a walking boot after exiting Thursday’s night’s 105-104 double-overtime loss to the Minnesota Timberwolves with an apparent foot injury.
Bagley was walking without the help of crutches and on his own accord, a sign that the boot is merely preventative:
Kings forward Marvin Bagley III leaves the locker room in a walking boot after exiting the game in the third quarter with a foot injury. pic.twitter.com/rqmYDHtJPA
— Jason Anderson (@JandersonSacBee) December 27, 2019
Bagley went up for a defensive rebound and was seen hobbling shortly after, leaving at the 4:05 mark of the third quarter before the Kings ruled him out for the rest of the game by the fourth. He posted a season-high 18 points with four rebounds, making 6-of-10 from the field and 6-of-7 from the foul line while missing all three of his 3-point attempts.
The second-year big man missed 22 games this season following an injury in the season opener and has only played nine total games this season. Many have questioned his durability, considering he played in only 62 games during his rookie season and has yet to reach the 30-minute mark this season, even two weeks after returning from a thumb injury.
The Kings are being cautious with Bagley, who they see as a potential staple for the franchise. He’s set to undergo imaging on Friday, but if he does miss time, it appears it won’t be as long as his previous absence.
The Duke standout and former No. 2 overall pick is averaging 13.7 points and 6.9 rebounds this season, still far from the breakout season the front office expected him to have after firing former coach Dave Joerger.