Five Cleveland Cavaliers players tested positive for COVID-19 on Sunday morning, sources told ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski, raising concerns about the chances of having the minimum of eight players available for Sunday night’s game against the Atlanta Hawks.
The five players will join Evan Mobley and Isaac Okoro in NBA health and safety protocols, the sources said.
The Hawks will be without All-Star guard Trae Young for Sunday’s game after he tested positive for COVID-19 and entered league protocols, sources said.
Earlier this week, league sources told ESPN that the NBA and the National Basketball Players Association are discussing a plan that would require teams decimated by COVID-19 to sign additional replacement players to prevent games from being postponed. .
In the proposed plan, after the first COVID-19 case, a team would be allowed to add a 10-day player, league sources said, but after a second, third, and fourth case, teams would be required to add. to another player for 10 days. Teams would be limited to three replacement players, but with the new plan it would generally require teams to maintain enough depth so that the NBA is not forced to cancel or postpone games because some teams do not have the required eight healthy players. by the league.