Warriors starting small forward Andrew Wiggins appeared deeply resistant toward being vaccinated against the novel coronavirus COVID-19 as recently as last week, but he has now received the vaccine, according to his head coach Steve Kerr, reports Kendra Andrews of NBC Sports Bay Area.
Due to strict ordinances pertaining to large indoor events in the city of San Francisco (every attendee over the age of 12 needs to be vaccinated against the coronavirus), it had appeared that the vaccine-resistant, maximum-salaried swingman was in danger of missing all 41 of Golden State’s home games for the 2021/22 season.
Wiggins will now be available to play every home game this season, tweets Anthony Slater of The Athletic. Rusty Simmons of the San Francisco Chronicle adds (Twitter link) that Wiggins will be able to join his Golden State teammates as early as Monday, in the team’s first preseason game against the Trail Blazers.
The NBA had previously announced it would not compensate unvaccinated players for games missed in markets with indoor vaccination requirements. How much of Wiggins’s $31.6MM salary for this season would be docked per game was unclear.
“He just told me today that he was fine with us acknowledging it and that will be the end of it,” Kerr said of Wiggins’s decision, per Nick Friedell of ESPN (Twitter link). “I’m not going to answer any questions beyond that.”