Carmelo Anthony did not travel with the Portland Trail Blazers to Los Angeles on Sunday due to the NBA’s health and safety protocols, the team announced.
Portland is set to take on both the Lakers and the Clippers on Monday and Wednesday, respectively, this week — both games that Anthony will now likely miss.
The “health and safety protocols” designation is used throughout the league for players who either have contracted COVID-19 or have come into contact with someone who has tested positive for COVID-19, as determined through contact tracing.
The Trail Blazers, according to The Oregonian, had three people in the organization test positive earlier this month, though it’s not clear who. Nassir Little is the only other player on the team who is out due to health and safety protocols, though he’s been out since the start of training camp.
Portland is fresh off its 128-126 overtime win on Saturday against the Houston Rockets, who have had their own coronavirus issues. Several Rockets players, including John Wall and DeMarcus Cousins, missed the game and are now in quarantine.
Anthony dropped five points and had two assists off the bench in Saturday’s overtime win. The 36-year-old — who signed a one-year, $2.5 million deal to return to the team this offseason — put up 15 points and four rebounds in the Blazers’ season-opening loss to the Utah Jazz last week.
It’s unclear when Anthony will rejoin the team. They will play back-to-back games against the Golden State Warriors on Friday and Sunday to conclude their four-game road trip after their two games in Los Angeles.
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