NBA COVID tracker: Team-by-team list as Pistons coach Dwane Casey, Jazz’s Rudy Gobert enter protocols

With the omicron variant running rampant, NBA rosters are in flux. Utah Jazz center Rudy Gobert and Dallas Mavericks big man Kristaps Porzingis are among the many players in the league’s COVID-19 health and safety protocols. Since the beginning of December, more than 300 players have entered protocols, per ESPN.  

In related news, since Dec. 26, tighter protocols — stricter mask requirements, increased testing — have been in effect. These rules will be in place until the All-Star break in mid-February, and any player who has not received a booster shot will be subject to additional off-court restrictions. 

Another change: Some players can now clear health and safety protocols and return to play as soon as five days after testing positive, provided that they are asymptomatic, vaccinated and likely not contagious (i.e. their cycle threshold is above 30). Between the tweaked return-to-play policy and the new rule mandating teams to use hardship exceptions when multiple players are in protocols, the NBA is aiming to avoid postponing more games. 

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There have been 11 postponements this season, and the NBA announced makeup dates last week. Here’s a list of the games that were pushed back:

Four head coaches are in health and safety protocols: Dwane Casey (Detroit Pistons), Taylor Jenkins (Memphis Grizzlies), Jason Kidd (Dallas Mavericks) and Mike Budenholzer (Milwaukee Bucks).

Eleven more coaches — Doc Rivers (Philadelphia 76ers), Chauncey Billups (Portland Trail Blazers), Rick Carlisle (Indiana Pacers), Alvin Gentry (Sacramento Kings), Frank Vogel (Los Angeles Lakers), Billy Donovan (Chicago Bulls), Monty Williams (Phoenix Suns), Tyronn Lue (Los Angeles Clippers), Mark Daigneault (Oklahoma City Thunder), Michael Malone (Denver Nuggets) and Nate McMillan (Atlanta Hawks) — have entered and subsequently cleared protocols this season.  

The Raptors played two December home games at 50% capacity and, as of Dec. 31, can allow no more than 1,000 people to enter Scotiabank Arena, per a provincial mandate. The team expects the limit to be in place for the next three weeks, and, as such, are playing in a virtually empty arena.

Below is a regularly updated, team-by-team list of players in health and safety protocols, along with the date (or, in some cases, the approximate date) they entered:

Players in health and safety protocols

Boston Celtics

Payton Pritchard (Jan. 5)

Charlotte Hornets

Kelly Oubre Jr. (Jan. 10)Vernon Carey Jr. (Jan. 1)

Chicago Bulls

Dallas Mavericks

Kristaps Porzingis (Jan. 3)

Detroit Pistons

Denver Nuggets

Houston Rockets

Indiana Pacers

Justin Anderson (Jan. 7)Goga Bitadze (Jan. 2)Caris LeVert (Jan. 2)T.J. Warren (Jan. 2)

Los Angeles Clippers

Justise Winslow (Jan. 9)Luke Kennard (Jan. 1)

Memphis Grizzlies

Miami Heat

Markieff Morris (Jan. 10)

Milwaukee Bucks

George Hill (Jan. 5)
Grayson Allen (Jan. 4)

Minnesota Timberwolves

Oklahoma City Thunder

Kenrich Williams (Jan. 10)Isaiah Roby (Jan. 5) 

Philadelphia 76ers

Paul Reed (Jan. 4)Tyrese Maxey (Jan. 3)

Phoenix Suns

Portland Trail Blazers

Sacramento Kings

Damian Jones (Jan. 9)Richaun Holmes (Jan. 1)

San Antonio Spurs

Tre Jones (Jan. 7)Keldon Johnson (Jan. 6)Devin Vassell (Jan. 6)
Derrick White (Jan. 6)Thaddeus Young (Jan. 6)
Doug McDermott (Jan. 1)

Utah Jazz

Jared Butler (Jan. 10)Rudy Gay (Jan. 9)Elijah Hughes Jan. 9)Rudy Gobert (Jan. 6)

Washington Wizards


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