Portland Path Sports jackets forward Carmelo Anthony did not take a trip with the group Sunday to Los Angeles to begin a four-game trip.

The Blazers listed Anthony on their upgraded injury report with the line: “health and wellness protocols.”

That’s the exact same phrasing used for Nassir Little, who has actually been out because the start of training camp. The group has never ever stated precisely why Little is out, but the franchise did announce that three members of the organization evaluated favorable for COVID-19 the weekend of Dec. 4, with one being a gamer. Little is the only Blazers gamer aside from the hurt Zach Collins to not have actually played in a video game because the preseason began on Dec. 11.

The “health and wellness protocols” designation is likewise utilized by NBA teams for players who have been contact traced to others who have actually tested favorable.

If Anthony evaluated favorable, that would put the whole group at risk for contact tracing to Anthony.

Recently, after Houston gamers evaluated favorable, numerous other players were contract traced to their colleagues. The NBA then required those gamers to miss out on the team’s opener on Wednesday along with Saturday’s video game at Portland, won by the Blazers, 128-126 in overtime.

It might be that Anthony is being contact traced to a friend or relative who has evaluated favorable, offered that the team did not reveal other players who were kept back from the trip.

Through 2 regular-season video games for the 1-1 Blazers, Anthony is balancing 10 points and 2.5 rebounds per game as the backup power forward.

Anthony’s absence could indicate more minutes for Harry Giles, who did not play on Saturday. Giles saw four minutes of action throughout the group’s 120-100 loss Wednesday in the house to Utah.

The Blazers play 4 road video games starting Monday at the Lakers and then continuing Wednesday versus the Los Angeles Clippers. The last 2 video games will happen Friday and Jan. 3 at Golden State.