NBA COVID fallout: Pacers’ Lance Stephenson on his second 10-day, Nuggets nonetheless focused on DeMarcus Cousins

NBA COVID fallout: Pacers’ Lance Stephenson on his second 10-day, Nuggets nonetheless focused on DeMarcus Cousins

In response to the omicron variant of COVID-19, the NBA and the gamers union agreed to new guidelines aimed toward serving to groups discipline fuller rosters and serving to the league keep away from postponements. Groups are permitted to signal one alternative participant for every participant who assessments constructive for COVID-19, and groups are required to signal not less than one alternative participant if two check constructive, not less than two alternative gamers if three check constructive and not less than three if 4 or extra check constructive, per ESPN. (For a sport to be performed, each groups should have eight out there gamers.)The brand new guidelines, which will probably be in impact till Jan. 19, stipulate that alternative gamers’ salaries won’t rely towards the wage cap or luxurious tax. When a workforce has a number of COVID circumstances on its roster and should signal a alternative, the participant should be out there by the start of its subsequent sport.Greater than 100 gamers have signed 10-day contracts, due to this new hardship allowance. Isaiah Thomas signed 10-days with the Los Angeles Lakers and Dallas Mavericks, however spent a lot of the second stint in well being and security protocols. Lance Stephenson, briefly Thomas’ teammate with the Grand Rapids Gold, reunited with the Indiana Pacers after spending 10 days with the Atlanta Hawks. Stephenson is on his second 10-day, and he’s anticipated to stay round for the remainder of the season, per Marc Stein. 

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One other unlikely reunion: Mario Chalmers and the Miami Warmth. The 2-time champion took his skills again to South Seashore after globetrotting from Italy to Greece to Puerto Rico. Chalmers was known as up from — you guessed it! — Grand Rapids, however his 10-day contract has expired. Chalmers has nonetheless not logged an NBA minute since 2018, when he was with the Memphis Grizzlies.

After being waived by the Milwaukee Bucks, DeMarcus Cousins has been reportedly near signing a 10-day contract with the Denver Nuggets for some time now. Nuggets coach Michael Malone, who coached Cousins in Sacramento, mentioned Sunday that, if it occurs, it could be a “large alternative to reconnect with him.” Cousins stays a free agent, however Denver remains to be focused on signing him as of Thursday, per the Denver Put up.Whereas most of those emergency signings are simply that, in a couple of circumstances they’ve led to one thing greater. Veteran Bismack Biyombo not too long ago signed a rest-of-season contract with the Phoenix Suns after ending his 10-day, and Charlie Brown Jr. (Philadelphia 76ers), Theo Pinson (Dallas Mavericks), Brandon Goodwin (Cleveland Cavaliers) and Davon Reed (Denver Nuggets) turned their 10-days into two-ways. Beforehand, Alfonzo McKinnie performed his approach into a normal contract with the Chicago Bulls and Quinndary Weatherspoon earned a two-way contract with the Golden State Warriors. As of Jan. 5, standard 10-day contracts — i.e. ones that don’t require the hardship allowance — may be signed, too.

When you’re having hassle holding observe of who has gone the place, here’s a team-by-team checklist of gamers who’re on 10-day contracts, together with the date they signed (or, in some circumstances, the day the signing was reported):Chicago BullsDallas MavericksMarquese Chriss (Jan. 10; third 10-day)Denver NuggetsDetroit PistonsCassius Stanley (Jan. 8; second 10-day)Indiana PacersLance Stephenson (Jan. 11; second 10-day)Los Angeles ClippersXavier Moon (Jan. 14; third 10-day)Wenyen Gabriel (Jan. 11; second 10-day)Los Angeles LakersStanley Johnson (Jan. 6; second 10-day)Memphis GrizzliesMiami HeatKyle Man (Jan. 10; second 10-day)Chris Silva (Jan. 10; second 10-day)Milwaukee BucksJeff Dowtin (Jan. 7)Langston Galloway (Jan. 7)Oklahoma Metropolis ThunderMamadi Diakite (Jan. 11)Olivier Sarr (Jan. 9)Philadelphia 76ersPhoenix SunsParis Bass (Jan. 12; second 10-day)San Antonio SpursTyler Johnson (Jan. 6)Anthony Lamb (Jan. 6)Toronto RaptorsD.J. Wilson (Jan. 7; second 10-day)Utah JazzZylan Cheatham (Jan. 12)Denzel Valentine (Jan. 10)Norvel Pelle (Jan. 7)Danuel Home Jr. (Jan. 6)Washington Wizards

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