The number of NBA players who are unavailable to their teams because they have entered the COVID-19 protocol that the NBA stipulated at the beginning of the season has been increasing recently.
Outbreaks at the Chicago Bulls and Charlotte Hornets – with five players affected each – have set off alarm bells in the NBA.
The league is seeing the virus spread among athletes despite having 97% of players vaccinated and many staff members on booster doses.
Masai Ujiri, president of the Toronto Raptors, and Rick Carlisle, head coach of the Indiana Pacers, recently announced a positive COVID-19 test.
As a result, both franchises have decided to cancel their respective group workouts for the day. And will conduct diagnostic tests on all staff to determine the extent of the outbreak on their teams.
Bulls, Hornets, Raptors and Pacers are not the only teams hit by the pandemic.
The Bucks have three players on protocols. Giannis Antetokounmpo, Donte DiVicenzo and Wes Matthews have not been able to return to the court with Milwaukee and will have to serve their lockout period.
Full list team by team
Boston Celtics: Josh Richardson, Jabari Parker, Grant Williams.
Brooklyn Nets: LaMarcus Aldridge, DeAndre Bembry, James Johnson, Jevon Carter, Paul Millsap, James Harden, Bruce Brown
Chicago Bulls: Zach LaVine, DeMar DeRozan, Coby White, Derrick Jones Jr, Troy Brown Jr, Ayo Dosunmu, Javonte Green, Matt Thomas, Stanley Johnson, Alize Johnson
Cleveland Cavaliers: Isaak Okoro
Golden State Warrioirs: Jordan Poole, Al Harford, Grant Williams
Los Angeles Clippers: Serge Ibaka
Los Angeles Lakers: Russell Westbrook, Talen Horton Tucker, Dwight Howard, Avery Bradley
Memphis Grizzlies: Ja Morant
Miami Heat: Caleb Martin
Milwaukee Bucks: Giannis Antetokounmpo, Donte DiVincenzo, Wes Matthews, Bobby Portis
New York Knicks: RJ Barrett, Obi Toppin, Quentin Grimes, Kevin Knox II, Immanuel Quickley.
Orlando Magic: R.J. Hampton, Terrence Ross, Moe Wagner.
Philadelhoa 76ers: George Niang
Sacramento Kings: Marvin Bagley III, Terence Davis, De’Aaron Fox, Alex Len, Louis King.
Toronto Raptors: Precious Achiuwa