Later Saturday, the team said that All-Star guard Kyrie Irving has entered the protocols, making him the ninth Nets player on the COVID list.
The Nets are scheduled to play the Orlando Magic on Saturday night.
Durant is averaging a league-leading 29.7 points to go along with 7.9 rebounds and 5.9 assists for Brooklyn, who have won four in a row and have the Eastern Conference’s best record at 21-8.
To make up for the roster shortage, the team signed free agent forward James Ennis III and free agent guard Shaquille Harrison to 10-day contracts.
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The team announced Friday that they would bring back Irving as a part-time player on the road to address the team’s COVID-19 issues. Irving, who is not vaccinated, has not played all season.
Cleveland Cavaliers rookie Evan Mobley was also placed in the NBA’s health and safety protocols on Saturday and will not play in tonight’s game against Milwaukee Bucks, the team announced.
NHL announces enhanced protocols
The NHL and NHL Players’ Association on Saturday announced stricter COVID-19 protocols a day after it shut down three teams’ games through the Christmas break.
The rules include a prohibition on players dining at indoor restaurants while on the road, locker room access limited to players and club traveling personnel, daily testing and team meetings being held virtually.
It also requires mask wearing inside team facilities and during travel. The memo reminded teams that masks are required on team charters and that some charter companies had been complaining about “non-compliance with this requirement and ask for your strict adherence to it.”
Contributing: Mike Brehm
This article originally appeared on USA TODAY: Sports COVID-19 updates: Nets’ Kevin Durant, Kyrie Irving in protocol
Source: Yahoo Sports