MINNEAPOLIS – Los Angeles Lakers point guard Russell Westbrook has tested the NBA’s COVID-19 protocols and is available to play against the Minnesota Timberwolves on Friday, the team announced.
Westbrook was placed on health and safety protocols following the Lakers’ 107-104 overtime victory over the Dallas Mavericks on Wednesday. For a player to be removed from the protocols, they must return two negative tests 24 hours apart.
Los Angeles will continue without Avery Bradley, Talen Horton-Tucker and Dwight Howard for the Wolves game due to health and safety protocols, according to the team. Malik Monk is also listed in the Lakers injury report, however sources told ESPN that Monk had been cleared to travel with the team from Dallas to Minneapolis.
The Lakers announced that Kendrick Nunn, who has been out all season with a bruised knee, has also entered health and safety protocols.
Los Angeles has already traveled with two-way players Chaundee Brown and Jay Huff to join the team on the road trip and announced Friday that Trevor Ariza, who missed the entire season following preseason ankle surgery, has been promoted to questionable for Wolves game. However, Ariza would only play if Los Angeles ran out of eligible players to finish the season.