NBA COVID-19 Tracker: Kevin Durant, Kyrie Irving among Nets in Protocols; Kings fear outbreak, per report

Due to the increase in COVID-19 cases around the NBA, the league has reportedly discussed changes to its health and safety protocols with the National Basketball Players Association. The Omicron variant is here and this week saw the first confirmed case of it in the NBA’s player pool, according to Shams Charania of The Athletic.

With coach Alvin Gentry and multiple players in protocol, the Sacramento Kings canceled the practice they had scheduled on Thursday and temporarily closed their practice facility, according to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski. The Kings — who watched Guard De’Aaron Fox enter protocols on Thursday — Reportedly fears more players will test positive and Friday’s game against the Memphis Grizzlies could be in jeopardy.

If there is a breakout, Sacramento could be in the same position as the Chicago Bulls. The NBA postponed Chicago’s games against the Detroit Pistons and Toronto Raptors (originally scheduled for Tuesday and Thursday), and since December 1. 10 of his players have put in place health and safety protocols, as have broadcasters Stacey King and Bill Wennington. King tweeted Wednesday that he had tested negative on Tuesday night, but still had a fever and was feeling weak.

Several Bulls may be eligible to return on Sunday when they host the Los Angeles Lakers, who will have a makeshift roster of their own. Avery Bradley joined three teammates in health and safety protocols on Thursday and the Lakers signed Isaiah Thomas with a hardship exception.

Other than those two games in Chicago, there have been no other postponements yet. However, the Brooklyn Nets had only eight active players — the league-mandated minimum for a game to be played — when they hosted the Raptors on Tuesday. Seven Nets players are in protocol and Brooklyn announced on Thursday that it has signed Langston Galloway to a 10-day contract, using a hardship exception. (The shorthanded Bulls used hardship to sign Alfonzo McKinnie and Stanley Johnson, the latter of whom entered health and safety protocols before his first game.)

Five Charlotte Hornets players were recently on health and safety protocols but have all been cleared since.

Players who are not fully vaccinated will be required to put in place health and safety protocols if they are found to be in close contact with a person who has tested positive. Starting Friday, players who have not received a booster shot will be subject to stricter restrictions, including game day testing.

If a player tests positive for COVID-19, he must isolate immediately until 10 days after that test or the onset of symptoms, or until he tests negative on two PCR tests 24 hours apart.

Also in health and safety protocols: Indiana Pacers coach Rick Carlisle and Toronto president Masai Ujiri. The Nets have coaches and front office members in protocols, Steve Nash said Tuesday, and the Lakers also have staffers in protocols.

The Raptors announced on Wednesday that they will play home games at a 50 percent capacity, starting Saturday against the Golden State Warriors. On Thursday their G League team, Raptors 905, follow the.

Players who have recently approved health and safety protocols include LaMelo Ball of the Hornets, Dillon Brooks of the Memphis Grizzlies, Kyle Kuzma of the Washington Wizards, Josh Richardson of the Boston Celtics, Justin Holiday of the Indiana Pacers, and Austin Rivers of the Denver Nuggets.

Here’s a team-by-team list of players in health and safety protocols, along with the date they were entered:

Boston Celtics

Brooklyn nets

Chicago Bulls

Dallas Mavericks

Denver Nuggets

  • Michael Porter Jr. (Dec 17)
  • Sphere Sphere (Dec 17)

Golden State Warriors

  • Marcus Morris Sr. (December 18)

Los Angeles Lakers

  • Kendrick Nunn (Dec 17)
  • Avery Bradley (Dec 16)
  • Austin Reaves (Dec 17)

Sacramento Kings

Toronto Raptors

  • Pascal Siakam (December 18)
  • Dalano Banton

Give a Comment