NBA and NBPA, close to an agreement to reduce the quarantine to 10 days

The NBA and the National Basketball Players Association are close to an agreement to reduce the 10-day quarantine periods for COVID-positive players, sources told ESPN on Thursday.

The deal, which is expected to be shared with teams soon, could return some players to active play within six days, depending on testing procedures, the sources said.

It’s not immediately clear how the looming protocol change could affect the rosters for the high-profile games list on Christmas Day on Saturday.

The NBA, which is following a similar change in NFL protocols, has been following the guidance of the league and union infectious disease specialists. The NBA has also been looking at recent research in the UK and elsewhere.

Like the country and the world, the NBA has felt the wrath of the omicron variant, which Commissioner Adam Silver told ESPN’s Malika Andrews on NBA Today was responsible for up to 90% of the recent outbreak of COVID cases. of the league.

The NBA has had 141 players entered into health and safety protocols this season, including 127 in December. There have been 130 new player cases in December overall, as three players have logged into the protocols multiple times this month.

ESPN’s Baxter Holmes contributed to this report.