Wednesday, January 19, 2022

NBA COVID fallout: Isaiah Thomas (Mavericks), Joe Johnson (Celtics) among players on 10-day contracts

NBA COVID fallout: Isaiah Thomas (Mavericks), Joe Johnson (Celtics) among players on 10-day contracts

New rules stipulate that teams missing multiple players because of positive tests must sign replacements

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With the omicron variant spreading at shocking speed, the NBA and the players union have agreed to new rules aimed at helping teams field fuller rosters and helping the league avoid postponements. Teams are permitted to sign one replacement player for each player who tests positive for COVID-19, and teams are required to sign at least one replacement player if two test positive, at least two replacement players if three test positive and at least three if four or more test positive, per ESPN.

The new rules, which will be in effect until Jan. 19, stipulate that replacement players’ salaries will not count toward the salary cap or luxury tax. When a team has multiple COVID cases on its roster and must sign a replacement, the player must be available by the beginning of its next game. For an NBA game to be played, both teams are required to have eight players available. The league has postponed nine games this season, and several teams have played severely shorthanded. 

Isaiah Thomas signed his second contract this week, inking a hardship deal with the Dallas Mavericks, per Shams Charania of The Athletic. Thomas’ first 10-day contract came with the Lakers, and he averaged 9.3 points per game in four contests. Lance Stephenson, briefly Thomas’ teammate with the Grand Rapids Gold, is now a member of the Atlanta Hawks, and seven-time All-Star Joe Johnson is once again a member of the Boston Celtics. The Celtics drafted Johnson in 2001, and he turned 40 in June, months before winning his second BIG3 MVP award. 

If you’re having trouble keeping track of who has gone where, here is a team-by-team list of players who are on 10-day contracts, along with the date they signed (or, in some cases, the day the signing was reported):

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Atlanta Hawks

  • Chris Clemons (Dec. 29)

  • Cam Oliver (Dec. 29)

  • Justin Tillman (Dec. 28)
  • Chaundee Brown Jr. (Dec. 27)

  • Cat Barber (Dec. 25)
  • Malik Ellison (Dec. 25)
  • Wes Iwundu (Dec. 23)
  • Lance Stephenson (Dec. 22)
  • Malcolm Hill (Dec. 22)

Boston Celtics

  • Al-Farouq Aminu (Dec. 25)
  • Norvel Pelle (Dec. 25)
  • Joe Johnson (Dec. 22)
  • CJ Miles (Dec. 20)

Brooklyn Nets

  • Shaquille Harrison (Dec. 29; second 10-day)
  • Langston Galloway (Dec. 26; second 10-day)
  • Wenyen Gabriel (Dec. 21)

Chicago Bulls

  • Jordan Bell (reported Dec. 29)
  • Ersan Ilyasova (Dec. 23)
  • Mac McClung (Dec. 23)

Cleveland Cavaliers

  • Malik Newman (Dec. 29)

  • Trevon Scott (Dec. 22)
  • Justin Anderson (Dec. 21)
  • Luke Kornet (Dec. 21)

Dallas Mavericks

  • Isaiah Thomas (reported Dec. 29)
  • Charlie Brown Jr. (Dec. 23)
  • Carlik Jones (Dec. 23)
  • Brandon Knight (Dec. 23)
  • George King (Dec. 22)

  • Marquese Chriss (Dec. 21)

  • Theo Pinson (Dec. 20)

Detroit Pistons

  • Micah Potter (reported Dec. 29)
  • Trayvon Palmer (Dec. 28)
  • Justin Robinson (Dec. 28)
  • Deividas Sirvydis (Dec. 26)

  • Derrick Walton (Dec. 25)
  • Cassius Stanley (Dec. 25)  
  • Cheick Diallo (Dec. 23)

Golden State Warriors

  • Quinndary Weatherspoon (Dec. 23)

Houston Rockets

  • DeJon Jarreau (Dec. 28)

Los Angeles Clippers

  • James Ennis (Dec. 29)
  • Xavier Moon (Dec. 26)
  • Moses Wright (Dec. 21)

Los Angeles Lakers

  • Darren Collison (Dec. 24)
  • Stanley Johnson (Dec. 24)
  • Jemerrio Jones (Dec. 21)

Miami Heat

  • Aric Holman (reported Dec. 29)
  • Kyle Guy (reported Dec. 28)
  • Zylan Cheatham (Dec. 22)

Memphis Grizzlies

  • Xavier Sneed (Dec. 27)

  • Tyrell Terry (Dec. 25)
  • Shaq Buchanon (Dec. 25)

Milwaukee Bucks

  • Javin DeLaurier (Dec. 23)

Minnesota Timberwolves

  • Greg Monroe (Dec. 27)

  • Chris Silva (Dec. 21)
  • Rayjon Tucker (Dec. 21)

New Orleans Pelicans

  • Feron Hunt (Dec. 28)
  • Justin James (Dec. 26)

  • Jared Harper (Dec. 21)

New York Knicks

  • Danuel House Jr. (Dec. 23)
  • Damyean Dotson (Dec. 21)
  • Matt Mooney (Dec. 21)

Oklahoma City Thunder

  • Rob Edwards (Dec. 27)
  • Scotty Hopson (Dec. 27)
  • Olivier Sarr (Dec. 27)

Orlando Magic

  • Gabe York (reported Dec. 29)
  • Admiral Schofield (Dec. 27; second 10-day)
  • Hassani Gravett (Dec. 27; second 10-day)
  • Tim Frazier (Dec. 21)
  • Freddie Gillespie (Dec. 21)

Philadelphia 76ers

  • Tyler Johnson (Dec. 22)

Phoenix Suns

  • Emanuel Terry (Dec. 27)

Portland Trail Blazers

  • Reggie Perry (Dec. 28)
  • Jarron Cumberland (Dec. 26)

  • Cameron McGriff (Dec. 26)  
  • Brandon Williams (Dec. 26)  

Sacramento Kings

  • Emmanuel Mudiay (Dec. 22)
  • Ade Murkey (Dec. 22)

Toronto Raptors

  • Daniel Oturu (Dec. 24)
  • D.J. Wilson (Dec. 22)
  • Tremont Waters (Dec. 22)
  • Juwan Morgan (Dec. 22)

Washington Wizards

  • Alize Johnson (Dec. 28)
  • Craig Sword (Dec. 28)
  • Jordan Goodwin (Dec. 27)

  • Jordan Schakel (Dec. 22)

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