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Green becomes the latest Sixer to enter COVID protocols

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The Sixers’ COVID-19 situation has not improved since the team’s shorthanded win Monday night over the Celtics.

Danny Green on Wednesday became the Sixers' eighth player this season to enter the NBA’s health and safety protocols.

Harrison Sanford, who co-hosts the Inside the Green Room podcast with the 34-year-old wing, reported Green tested positive for COVID-19, and that he’s been vaccinated and received a booster shot. Green has been asymptomatic, according to Sanford. 

To clear protocols, a player must wait at least 10 days or register two consecutive negative COVID-19 tests at least 24 hours apart. 

In addition to Green, Georges Niang, Andre Drummond and Shake Milton are currently in the protocols and out for Thursday’s game against the Hawks in Philadelphia. Ben Simmons (personal reasons) will sit out his 32nd straight contest for the 16-15 Sixers.

Tyrese Maxey was not listed on Wednesday night’s injury report. He missed the Sixers’ past two games with a left quad contusion, which led to two-way player Myles Powell’s improbable NBA debut against Boston.

The Sixers on Wednesday announced the signing of Tyler Johnson to a 10-day deal (as part of the roster hardship allowance), a move reported Monday. Though Maxey looks set to return, it still seems possible the Sixers use Johnson, a 29-year-old lefty who appeared in 39 games with the Nets last season, given how light the team is on ball handling. Usual starting shooting guard Seth Curry played point guard in Boston. 

 

While the Sixers initially had a formal practice scheduled Wednesday, they ultimately did individual workouts instead. Integrating new players won’t be easy. 

As far as replacing Green, Matisse Thybulle should be the clear answer in the short term. Isaiah Joe and Furkan Korkmaz will be options behind Thybulle. Korkmaz was not on the injury report after being sidelined for three games with a non-COVID illness. He’d been stuck in an extended slump, shooting 29.4 percent from the floor and 18.6 percent from three-point range over his last 17 games. 

Heading into their Wednesday night game against the Magic, Atlanta had six players in health and safety protocols, including star point guard Trae Young and center Clint Capela. Former Sixers Lou Williams and Timothe Luwawu-Cabarrot were also in protocols, along with Danilo Gallinari and Kevin Huerter.