The Washington Wizards have reportedly placed starting point guard Spencer Dinwiddie in the NBA's health and safety protocols, according to the Athletic, which brings their total to nine players.
That matches the Wizards' total last January when an outbreak caused six of their games to be postponed. The difference this year is that the league allows 10-day contracts under a hardship exception for teams to add players.
Still, removing Dinwiddie leaves the Wizards without all of their top three point guards and, with Bradley Beal also in protocols, the top four guards in their rotation. Beal is considered questionable for Thursday night's game against the Cleveland Cavaliers.
Along with Dinwiddie and Beal, other Wizards in protocols include Kentavious Caldwell-Pope (questionable for Thu.), Anthony Gill (questionable), Rui Hachimura (out), Raul Neto (out), Montrezl Harrell (out), Aaron Holiday (out) and Thomas Bryant (out). The Wizards were missing all but Dinwiddie on Tuesday night and lost to the Miami Heat.
The Wizards have only had one game postponed so far this season due to COVID-19 and it was not because of their own outbreak. Their game on Dec. 21 against Brooklyn was suspended because a host of Nets players tested positive.