NBA COVID fallout: Mario Chalmers (Heat), Isaiah Thomas (Mavericks) among players signing 10-day contracts




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With the omicron variant spreading at shocking speed, the NBA and the players’ union have agreed to new rules aimed at helping teams submit more comprehensive rosters and helping the league avoid postponements. Teams are allowed to sign a replacement player for each player who tests positive for COVID-19, and teams are obligatory to sign at least one substitute if two are positive, at least two substitutes if three are positive and at least three if four or more are positive, by ESPN.

The new rules, which will be in effect until January 19, state that the salaries of replacement players will not count towards the salary cap or luxury tax. When a team has multiple COVID cases on their roster and need to sign a replacement, the player must be available at the start of their next game. For an NBA game to be played, both teams must have eight players available. The league has postponed nine games this season and several teams have played shorthanded.

Isaiah Thomas made his Dallas Mavericks debut on Wednesday, with a new 10-day contract after a short stint with the Los Angeles Lakers. Lance Stephenson, Thomas’ briefly teammate with the Grand Rapids Gold, is now a member of the Atlanta Hawks, and seven-time All-Star Joe Johnson is once again a member of the Boston Celtics. The Celtics drafted Johnson in 2001, and he turned 40 in June, months before winning his second BIG3 MVP award.

Another unlikely reunion: Mario Chalmers and the Miami Heat. The two-time champion brings his talents back to South Beach after traveling the world from Italy to Greece to Puerto Rico. Chalmers, who last appeared in a 2018 NBA game with the Memphis Grizzlies, has since been called up – you guessed it! – Grand Rapids.

If you’re having trouble figuring out who went where, here’s a team-by-team list of players with a 10-day contract, along with the date they signed (or, in some cases, the day the signing was reported). ):

Atlanta Hawks

  • Chris Clemons (December 29)
  • Cam Oliver (December 29)
  • Justin Tillman (December 28)
  • Chaundee Brown Jr. (December 27)
  • Hairdressing salon for cats (December 25)
  • Malik Ellison (December 25)
  • Wes Iwundu (December 23)
  • Lance Stephenson (December 22)
  • Malcolm Hill (December 22)

Boston Celtics

  • Al-Farouq Aminu (December 25)
  • Norvel Pelle (Dec 25)
  • Joe Johnson (December 22)

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  • Shaquille Harrison (December 29; second 10 days)
  • Langston Galloway (December 26; second 10 days)
  • Wenyen Gabriel (December 21)

Chicago Bulls

  • Jordan Bell (reported December 29)
  • Ersan Ilyasova (December 23)
  • Mac McClung (December 23)

The Cleveland Cavaliers

  • Malik Newman (December 29)
  • Trevon Scott (December 22)
  • Justin Anderson (December 21)
  • Luke Kornet (December 21)

The Dallas Mavericks

  • Isaiah Thomas (December 29)
  • Charlie Brown Jr. (December 23)
  • Carlik Jones (December 23)
  • Brandon Knight (December 23)
  • George King (December 22)
  • Marquis Chriss (December 21)

Denver Nuggets

  • Davon Reed (reported December 30; third 10 days)

Detroit Pistons

  • Micah Potter (December 29)
  • Trayvon Palmer (December 28)
  • Justin Robinson (December 28)
  • Deividas Sirvydis (December 26)
  • Derrick Walton (December 25)
  • Cassius Stanley (December 25)
  • Cheick Diallo (December 23)

Warriors of the Golden State

  • Quinnary Weatherspoon (December 23)

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Indiana Pacers

Los Angeles Clippers

  • James Ennis (December 29)
  • Xavier Lune (December 26)
  • Moïse Wright (December 21)

the Los Angeles Lakers

  • Darren Collison (December 24)
  • Stanley Johnson (December 24)
  • Jemerrio Jones (December 21)

miami heat

  • Chris Silva (reported December 31st)
  • Mario Chalmers (reported December 30)
  • Nik Stauskas (reported December 30)
  • Kyle Guy (December 30)
  • Haywood Highsmith (December 30)
  • Aric Holman (December 30)
  • Zylan Cheatham (December 22)

Memphis Grizzly

  • Dakota Mathias (December 30)
  • Xavier Sneed (December 27)
  • Tyrell Terry (December 25)
  • Shaq Buchanon (December 25)

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  • Javin DeLaurier (Dec 23)

Minnesota Timber Wolves

  • Greg Monroe (December 27)
  • Chris Silva (December 21)
  • Rayjon Tucker (December 21)

New Orleans Pelicans

  • Feron Hunt (December 28)
  • Justin James (December 26)
  • Jared Harper (December 21)

New York Knicks

  • Danuel House Jr. (December 23)
  • Damyean Dotson (December 21)
  • Matt Mooney (December 21)

Thunder of Oklahoma City

  • Jaylen Hoard (December 29)
  • Rob Edwards (December 27)
  • Scotty Hopson (December 27)
  • Olivier Sarr (Dec. 27)

Magic of Orlando

  • Gabe York (reported December 29)
  • Admiral Schofield (December 27; second 10 days)
  • Hassani Gravett (Dec 27; second 10 days)
  • Tim Frazier (December 21)
  • Freddie Gillespie (December 21)

Philadelphia 76ers

Phoenix Suns

  • Parisian bass (reported December 30)
  • Mr. J. Walker (reported December 30)
  • Emanuel Terry (December 27)

Portland Trail Blazers

  • Reggie Perry (December 28)
  • Jarron Cumberland (December 26)
  • Cameron McGriff (December 26)
  • Brandon Williams (December 26)

Kings of Sacramento

  • Emmanuel Mudiay (Dec 22)
  • Ade Murkey (December 22)

Toronto Raptors

  • Daniel Oturu (December 24)
  • DJ Wilson (December 22)
  • Tremont Waters (December 22)
  • Juwan Morgan (December 22)

Wizards of Washington

  • Jaime Echenique (December 30)
  • Brad Wanamaker (December 29)
  • Alizé Johnson (December 28)
  • Craig Sword (December 28)
  • Jordan Goodwin (December 27)
  • Jordan Schakel (December 22)


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