Yesterday, the Washington Wizards announced on Twitter that Deni Avdija, Troy Brown and. Ish Smith were no longer under the NBA’s health and safety protocols.
This is good news, because the team has been affected by a coronavirus outbreak for about three weeks. Though health security laws prohibit teams from disclosing whether specific people have a health condition without their explicit consent, the NBA effectively has a loophole by announcing which players are under protocols and by seeing how long players remain under them. Given that as many as seven Wizards players tested positive for COVID-19 and that six players were still under protocols for a week, we can use deduction to assume that Avdija, Brown and Smith were among the players who had the coronavirus this month.
Regardless, we are very happy to see that all three are well and that they could play as soon as tonight against the Brooklyn Nets. I’m not expecting any of them to come out there and drop 40 in a Wizards blowout win. I’m just happy that they appear to be alright.