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Kevin Durant to miss Tuesday’s Nets-Jazz game for COVID-19 protocol

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Brooklyn Nets forward Kevin Durant (7) in action during an NBA basketball game against the Atlanta Hawks, Friday, Jan. 1, 2021, in New York. The Hawks won 114-96. (AP Photo/Adam Hunger)

Brooklyn Nets forward Kevin Durant will not play in Tuesday’s game against the Utah Jazz in compliance with the NBA’s COVID-19 protocols.

The Nets announced the news on Monday.

The team did not not provide any more details on Durant’s status. The Nets star has not addressed the news.

Durant announced in March that he contracted COVID-19. Tuesday’s news does not mean that he has tested positive again. It means that he has triggered a clause in the NBA’s 134-page manual outlining the league’s health and safety protocols for the new season being played outside of a bubble.

For example, several Houston Rockets players including John Wall and DeMarcus Cousins were forced to quarantine at the outset of the season after reportedly gathering for haircuts in an apartment where some of the players present either tested positive or returned inconclusive tests. James Harden was also placed in quarantine for attending a “private indoor party” without a mask.

The Athletic’s Shams Charania reports that Durant is expected to require seven days of quarantine because of contact tracing and potential exposure.

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