Sources told ESPN that as the Philadelphia 76ers are waiting for the league’s ruling to submit contact tracking reports for several players who had close contact with guard Seth Curry, the NBA is being linked to the coronavirus for the second time this season. Faltered during the postponement of the game.
According to the recent close contact with Curry (based on their results of testing positive for the coronavirus), there are seven players listed in the health and safety protocol on the 76ers roster, which may make them less than the eight players required by the league. The eight players will start Saturday’s 3 p.m. ET game against the Denver Nuggets in Philadelphia.
The source said the 76ers also tested a staff member positive on Friday.
Currently, the 76ers have only six players: All-Star forward Ben Simmons, centers Dwight Howard and Tony Bradley, rookie guard Tyrese Maxey, Isaiah Joe and guard Dakota Matthias.
The 76ers are waiting for the league’s assessment of the individual circumstances of these seven players to see if it is possible to clear at least two players on Saturday to avoid delays. The NBA’s contact tracking guidelines can determine different permissions for different players, including a zero to seven-day isolation period.
The source said that after learning that Curry had earlier lost a positive test for COVID-19 in the 76ers’ loss to the Brooklyn Nets in New York on Thursday night, Curry was forced to leave the game and fell into isolation. .
Sources said the 76ers were asked to wait for Friday’s test results in the convoy’s hotel in Lower Manhattan before boarding a series of separate buses at around 11pm Eastern Time on Friday to drive back to Philadelphia.
Sources said the Nuggets had no talented young forward Michael Porter (Michael Porter Jr.) flew to Philadelphia last Friday, who has been absent under an indefinite health and safety agreement.
The Houston Rockets-Oklahoma City Thunder’s opening night game was postponed when the Rockets had only 7 qualified players.