The Washington Wizards’ Summer League game against the Indiana Pacers has been postponed due to contact tracing among Washington’s roster for the coronavirus, according to Shams Charania of The Athletic.
Due to ongoing contact tracing within the Wizards, the team does not have enough players to proceed with tonight's game. https://t.co/jqmnXaZOQT— Shams Charania (@ShamsCharania) August 8, 2021
Yesterday, the Wizards announced in a press release that Cassius Winston, Isaiah Todd and Issuf Sanon have been placed under the NBA’s Health and Safety Protocols. This generally means that they have tested positive for the coronavirus or were a close contact to someone who did.
Since the Wizards have been practicing together over the past several days, it is not a surprise that many more players have entered the protocols.
It is important NOT to simply assume that players under protocol aren’t vaccinated. The Delta variant of the virus has regularly infected fully vaccinated individuals. And it’s possible that someone who is fully vaccinated and tests positive for the coronavirus may be able to leave isolation sooner than someone who is not.
That said, people who are not vaccinated against the coronavirus are more likely to suffer worse outcomes.
It remains to be seen what would happen if the Wizards do not have enough players to field a team over the next week.