Report: Nuggets coach Malone, three players enter COVID-19 protocol


Denver Nuggets coach Michael Malone has entered the NBA's health and safety protocol, ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski reported Thursday, citing a source.

Assistant David Adelman will be the acting coach while Malone is away from the team.

The Nuggets also might be in trouble of reaching the league-required eight active players needed to play ahead of Thursday night's matchup with the Golden State Warriors, with Denver's Jeff Green, Bones Hyland and Zeke Nnaji also entering COVID protocol.

This would leave the team below the active player requirement.

Hyland was placed in COVID protocol earlier this month but has appeared in nine of the last 10 games.

While the Nuggets are expected to sign Davon Reed to a new 10-day contract, that will fall under the COVID-related hardship umbrella. That would bring Denver's roster to just seven healthy players. 

More players are set to be tested Thursday.