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NBA COVID tracker: Timberwolves’ Karl-Anthony Towns, Wizards’ Bradley Beal enter protocols

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In an attempt to limit postponements, the league and the National Basketball Players Association have reportedly agreed to new rules about signing replacement players, and the two sides have also agreed to temporarily tighter protocols that call for more testing and stricter mask requirements from Dec. 26 to Jan. 8, according to ESPN and The Athletic. With three more players entering they still have 10 in protocols, including stars Kevin Durant and the unvaccinated Kyrie Irving, who will rejoin the team when he’s cleared but will not be permitted to play games in New York or Toronto. Postponed games in 2021-22 season

  • Brooklyn Nets at Portland Trail Blazers
  • Toronto Raptors at Chicago Bulls
  • Washington Wizards at Brooklyn Nets
  • Orlando Magic at Toronto Raptors
  • New Orleans Pelicans at Philadelphia 76ers
  • Denver Nuggets at Brooklyn Nets
  • Cleveland Cavaliers at Atlanta Hawks
  • Chicago Bulls at Toronto Raptors
  • Detroit Pistons at Chicago Bulls

The NBA and the NBPA are reportedly near an agreement that would allow some players to clear protocols as soon as six days after they test positive. Under the current protocols, if any player tests positive for COVID-19, he must immediately isolate until 10 days have passed from that test or the onset of symptoms, or until he tests negative on two PCR tests 24 hours apart.

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