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Marvin Bagley III cleared to participate in contact drills

From NBA Twitter and media reports

The Sacramento Kings got a measure of good news on Thursday as it cleared center Marvin Bagley III to participate in full-contact drills.

The team said Thursday that Bagley is listed as day-to-day, but his status for the Kings’ game Friday in San Antonio (8:30 ET, League Pass) remains unknown.

Bagley had been out since Oct. 24 because of a non-displaced fracture in his right thumb. He was expected to miss 4-6 weeks after suffering the injury in the Kings’ opening-night loss to the Phoenix Suns.

James Ham of NBC Sports Bay Area reported Thursday night that Bagley will join the team in San Antonio but may not play vs. the Spurs.

Sacramento has gone 8-11 during his absence, but has struggled of late, losing four of its last five games. In terms of strength of schedule for December, the Kings have the fifth-easiest path and are 1 1/2 games behind the Suns for the Western Conference’s No. 8 spot.

Bagley, 20, averaged 14.9 points, 7.6 rebounds and 1.0 blocks over 62 games during his rookie season in 2018-19. He was selected by the Kings with the No. 2 overall pick in the 2018 NBA Draft.

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