Brooklyn Nets stars Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving have been placed on NBA health and safety protocol, the team confirmed to DailyExpertNews on Saturday.
Durant and Irving become the eighth and ninth members of the Nets to be listed this week. As of Monday, Nets star guard James Harden, along with forwards Paul Millsap, LaMarcus Aldridge, DeAndre’ Bembry, James Johnson and guards Jevon Carter and Bruce Bowen, have also been added to the list.
Some context: The news comes a day after the team announced that Irving would return to training and playing in games outside of New York.
Irving, who has said he has not been vaccinated against Covid-19, was sidelined this season after the team ruled that he would not be allowed to participate in training or competitions until he qualified as a full participant. New York City’s local policy prohibits any unvaccinated player from playing in home games.
On Saturday, Brooklyn announced it has signed James Ennis III and guarded Shaquille Harrison with 10-day contracts when it comes to the Covid-19 outbreak.
The Nets are scheduled to host the Orlando Magic on Saturday.
Because Irving has not been with the team, he has to test negative for five days to be allowed to rejoin the team. Listing indicates that Irving either tested positive, delivered an inconclusive test, or is considered close contact with someone who has tested positive. The same goes for Durant.
From December 26, according to the new competition protocols, all players and staff will be tested on match days. Players who have recently been boosted or recovered from the virus are exempt. The team did not specify whether Irving and Durant tested positive or whether they are considered close contacts.
Players placed in NBA health and safety protocols must test negative twice within 24 hours.