A third Nuggets player has entered the NBA’s health and safety protocols, as forward Bol Bol has joined Austin Rivers and Bones Hyland, a league source tells Mike Singer of The Denver Post (Twitter links). According to Singer, Bol is expected to miss several games.
When a player is immediately said to be out for several games, it generally means he has tested positive for COVID-19. In that scenario, the player would be sidelined for at least 10 days or until he returns two consecutive negative tests 24 hours apart.
However, initial reports on Hyland on Wednesday also said he’d miss several games, and he was later revealed to only be a close contact of someone who tested positive for the coronavirus, having reportedly not tested positive himself.
Between injuries and COVID-related absences, the Nuggets are getting awfully shorthanded. In addition to Rivers, Hyland, and Bol being unavailable, Jamal Murray, Michael Porter Jr., and PJ Dozier are out with long-term injuries.
Bol, 22, has only logged 47 total minutes in 10 games for Denver this season, but he could’ve had an opportunity to earn more minutes in the short term, with the team missing so many players.