Simonović enters COVID-19 health and safety protocols

/ by K.C. Johnson
Presented By Nationwide Insurance Agent Jeff Vukovich

Marko Simonović has entered the NBA's health and safety protocols, the Chicago Bulls announced via their injury report on Wednesday.

Simonović becomes the 17th player to enter the protocols for the team. Only Alex Caruso, two-way player Tyler Cook and hardship exception signee Mac McClung have been spared to this point. Head coach Billy Donovan also remains in the protocols.

The NBA recently shortened its quarantine time from 10 to six days.

The Bulls play the Atlanta Hawks on Wednesday at the United Center. The Hawks continue to deal with COVID-19 troubles of their own. As of Wednesday morning, 13 Hawks players are in protocols, and two (Solomon Hill and De'Andre Hunter) are out due to injury. Bogdan Bogdanović, Gorgui Dieng and Malik Ellison entered protocols the morning after the Bulls' 130-118 victory in Atlanta Monday night; Bogdanović (41) and Dieng (22) each logged significant minutes in that game.

In turn, the Hawks signed Cam Oliver and Chris Clemons to 10-day deals Tuesday morning.

The Bulls are without Lonzo Ball, Tony Bradley, Ersan Ilyasova and Alfonzo McKinnie, who all in protocols, as well as Alex Caruso (foot sprain) and Patrick Williams (wrist surgery). Derrick Jones Jr. is questionable with a sore hamstring. 

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