NBA COVID fallout: Lance Stephenson (Pacers), Mario Chalmers (Heat), among players signing 10-day contracts

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With the omicron variant of COVID-19 spreading with shocking speed, the NBA and the players’ union have agreed on new rules to help teams submit more comprehensive rosters and help the league avoid postponements. Teams are allowed to sign a replacement player for each player who tests positive for COVID-19, and teams are obligatory to sign at least one substitute player if two are positive, at least two substitutes if three are positive and at least three if four or more are positive, according to ESPN. (For a match to be played, both teams must have eight players available.)

The new rules, which will be in effect until January 19, state that the salaries of replacement players will not count towards the salary cap or luxury tax. When a team has multiple COVID cases on their roster and need to sign a replacement, the player must be available at the start of their next game.

More than 100 players have signed 10-day contracts, thanks to this new hardship allowance. Isaiah Thomas made his Dallas Mavericks debut last Wednesday, after a short stint with the Los Angeles Lakers, but entered health and safety protocols the next day. Lance Stephenson, Thomas’ briefly teammate with the Grand Rapids Gold, is again a member of the Indiana Pacers after spending 10 days with the Atlanta Hawks.

Another unlikely reunion: Mario Chalmers and the Miami Heat. The two-time champion brought his talents back to South Beach after traveling the world from Italy to Greece to Puerto Rico. Chalmers, who last appeared in a 2018 NBA game with the Memphis Grizzlies, has since been called up – you guessed it! – Grand Rapids.

On January 5, conventional 10-day contracts – that is, those that do not require the hardship allowance – can be signed. This is especially important for Los Angeles Lakers fans, as Stanley Johnson played his part in their starting lineup before his hardship deal expired on Monday. Johnson and the Lakers have a mutual interest in another contract, by ESPN.

If you’re having trouble figuring out who went where, here’s a team-by-team list of players with a 10-day contract, along with the date they signed (or, in some cases, the day the signing was reported). ):

Atlanta Hawks

  • Chris Clemons (December 29)
  • Cam Oliver (December 29)
  • Justin Tillman (December 28)
  • Chaundee Brown Jr. (December 27)

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  • Shaquille Harrison (December 29; second 10 days)
  • Langston Galloway (December 26; second 10 days)

Chicago Bulls

  • Mac McClung (January 1; second 10 days)
  • Jordan Bell (December 30)

The Cleveland Cavaliers

  • Brandon Goodwin (December 31)
  • Malik Newman (December 29)

The Dallas Mavericks

  • Marquese Chriss (December 31; second 10 days)
  • Theo Pinson (December 31; second 10 days)
  • Isaiah Thomas (December 29)

Denver Nuggets

  • Carlik Jones (January 1)
  • Rayjon Tucker (December 31)
  • Davon Reed (December 30; third 10 days)

Detroit Pistons

  • Jaysean Paige (December 31)
  • Micah Potter (December 29)
  • Trayvon Palmer (December 28)
  • Justin Robinson (December 28)
  • Deividas Sirvydis (December 26)

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Indiana Pacers

  • Justin Anderson (January 1)
  • Lance Stephenson (January 1)
  • Ahmad Caver (December 31)
  • Nate Hinton (December 30)

Los Angeles Clippers

  • Wenyen Gabriel (December 31)
  • Xavier Lune (December 26)

Memphis Grizzly

  • Jon Teske (January 3)
  • DaQuan Jeffries (January 1)
  • Dakota Mathias (December 30)
  • Xavier Sneed (December 27)

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  • Mario Chalmers (December 31)
  • Chris Silva (December 31)
  • Nik Stauskas (December 31)
  • Kyle Guy (December 30)
  • Haywood Highsmith (December 30)
  • Aric Holman (December 30)

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Minnesota Timber Wolves

New Orleans Pelicans

  • Feron Hunt (December 28)
  • Justin James (December 26)

New York Knicks

  • Damyean Dotson (December 31; second 10 days)
  • Matt Mooney (December 31; second 10 days)

Thunder of Oklahoma City

  • Jaylen Hoard (December 29)
  • Rob Edwards (December 27)
  • Scotty Hopson (December 27)
  • Olivier Sarr (Dec. 27)

Magic of Orlando

  • Tim Frazier (December 31; second 10 days)
  • Freddie Gillespie (December 31; second 10 days)
  • Admiral Schofield (December 27; second 10 days)
  • Hassani Gravett (Dec 27; second 10 days)

Philadelphia 76ers

  • Charlie Brown Jr. (January 3)

Phoenix Suns

  • Bismack Biyombo (January 1)
  • Basse de Paris (Dec. 31)
  • MJ Walker (December 30)
  • Emanuel Terry (December 27)

Portland Trail Blazers

  • Reggie Perry (December 28)
  • Jarron Cumberland (December 26)
  • Cameron McGriff (December 26)
  • Brandon Williams (December 26)

San Antonio Spurs

Wizards of Washington

  • Tremont Waters (January 1)
  • Jaime Echenique (December 30)
  • Brad Wanamaker (December 29)
  • Alizé Johnson (December 28)
  • Craig Sword (December 28)
  • Jordan Goodwin (December 27)


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