CHICAGO – Chicago Bulls star Zach LaVine and backup forward Troy Brown Jr have entered sanitation protocols, giving Chicago nine players to face the Detroit Pistons on Tuesday.
The team confirmed Sunday that LaVine and Brown are joining leading scorer DeMar DeRozan, Matt Thomas, Coby White, Javonte Green, Derrick Jones Jr, Ayo Dosunmu and newly acquired Stanley Johnson. This is why the Bulls have only nine players available. Teams need eight to play.
Chicago’s next game is Tuesday against Detroit at home. LaVine and Brown played Saturday’s loss to the Miami Heat.
The Bulls, who are on the rise, are third in the Eastern Conference, behind the Brooklyn Nets and the Milwaukee Bucks, at 17-10.
LaVine, who was selected to his first All-Star Game last season and won a gold medal for the US team at the Olympics, was seventh in the NBA in scorers per game with 26 points per game. He averages 5.3 rebounds and 4.2 assists.
Brown is averaging 4.3 points in 18 games.
Players who enter health and safety protocols must be out for at least 10 days or have two negative COVID-19 test results in a 24-hour period in order to return to sports activities.