Danuel House leaving NBA bubble following violation of protocols


As the Houston Rockets prepare for an important Game 5 on Saturday against the Los Angeles Lakers, they will be without guard Danuel House.

House has left the NBA bubble in Orlando for violation of health and safety protocols, the league announced on Friday.

The fourth-year player had been under investigation by the league after it was reported that House let an unauthorized person into his hotel room for multiple hours on Tuesday.

“The NBA has concluded its investigation of a recent violation of campus health and safety protocols," a statement from the NBA said. "The findings are that: (i) Houston Rockets forward Danuel House had a guest in his hotel room over multiple hours on September 8 who was not authorized to be on campus and (ii) no evidence was found that other players or staff had contact with the guest or were involved in this incident.

“Mr. House is leaving the NBA campus and will not participate with the Rockets team in additional games this season," the statement said.

The league said that no other players had come in contact with the guest nor were they involved in the events that transpired.

The Rockets currently trail the Lakers 3-1 in the second round of the NBA playoffs and now will be without an important rotation piece.

House averaged 11.4 points per game in nine contests this postseason. The guard had a short stint with the Wizards in 2016, but only tallied one minute of action.