According to the LA Times’ Andrew Grief and Brad Turner, Clippers forward JaMychal Green did not travel with the team to the Orlando bubble yesterday as he is tending to a family matter and will instead join the team on Sunday.
The Clippers’ travel party–notably missing Landry Shamet, Kawhi Leonard, and now Green–arrived in Orlando late Wednesday to prepare for the season to resume in late July. Each team undergoes a 48-hour quarantine upon arrival where each member of the travel party must test negative for coronavirus twice. After that, they can begin practicing–giving the Clippers about 11 days before their first pre-restart scrimmage on July 22nd. Then, “seeding games” begin with the Clippers’ match-up with the Los Angeles Lakers on July 30th.
Green joins Clippers forward Kawhi Leonard in an absence due to tending to a “family matter.” It’s unclear what kind of matter counts, but given the Clippers’ track record it feels like they would likely be generous with granting players approval for delayed arrival if it meant important additional time with their families.
Players who do not travel to Orlando with their team’s travel party are required by NBA policy to arrange their own travel to the league’s bubble site. Players who drive or fly in a private chartered flight must test negative for coronavirus twice on campus before being allowed out of quarantine to join their team, while any player who flies commercial must test negative three times. Regardless of the option Green chooses, if he arrives Sunday as reported and then waits 2-3 days to be cleared to practice, he should be on the court with the rest of the Clippers next week.
Hopefully there is nothing majorly wrong, and JaMychal Green will be able to join the Clippers in Orlando soon. The entry period is the most perilous time for the bubble’s viability, as players and staff potentially carrying the virus into the bubble could jeopardize the entire season. Once everyone is in and settled and has tested negatively for about a week or so, everyone involved will breathe a huge sigh of relief.
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