The NBA said three Rockets players have returned tests that were either positive or inconclusive for coronavirus under the NBA’s testing program. In addition, four other players are quarantined at this time under the contact tracing protocol.
Contact tracing protocols caused the Rockets to send home three players Wednesday after rookie teammate Kenyon Martin Jr. returned a positive coronavirus test and needed to be tested again for confirmation, sources told ESPN.
Wall and Cousins tested negative for the coronavirus Wednesday morning.
The Rockets listed Martin as “not with the team/self isolating,” and sources told ESPN that he was awaiting further test results to confirm the original positive.
Rockets rookie Jae’Sean Tate is also among the players who were sent home Wednesday morning because of contact tracing, sources told ESPN.
The NBA’s new protocol on contact tracing gives the league the ability to make decisions on possible timelines for return if players continue to test negative.
The Rockets already had one player, Ben McLemore, away from the team for a few days with the coronavirus, sources said. And the NBA is investigating whether Rockets star James Hardenviolated league protocols based on a video circulating in recent days.
ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski, Bobby Marks, Tim Bontemps and Tim MacMahon contributed to this report.