Phoenix Suns focuses Dario Saric and Damian Jones have cleared the health and wellness protocols and are both working their way back towards a go back to the group.

Both players are out for Wednesday’s video game against the Oklahoma City Thunder however have actually rejoined the team. Saric was on the court pregame getting in some strength and conditioning work and also taking some shots. Both players remained in uniform and in the layup line pregame.

Arizona Sports’ John Gambadoro reports the group hopes he has the ability to be back by Saturday’s matchup with the Dallas Mavericks.

The Suns had a meeting with the Washington Wizards on Jan. 11 and had their next 3 video games postponed due to continuous contact tracing. With that video game on a Monday, the Wizards by Friday announced they had 6 players test favorable for COVID-19.

When the Suns resumed action a week later Jan. 18, Saric and Jones were on the injury report as out due to health and security procedures. They ended up being the second and 3rd players to miss out on time due to the protocols, joining novice Jalen Smith, who returned on Jan. 22 after evaluating favorable for the coronavirus.

Saric is one of the most essential gamers on the group, often utilized with both the first and second units due to the fact that of his team-friendly play on both ends of the court. Saric and guard Cameron Payne led a rise by the reserves that helped the Suns win a handful of games to start the 2020-21 season.

In 7 video games, Saric is balancing 10.6 points, 4.6 rebounds and 1.0 helps per video game. Phoenix signed Saric to a brand-new three-year agreement worth $27 million in the offseason.

When Saric missed out on the beginning of the season due to a quad injury, Jones took his place as the backup center. He struggled in that role and the Suns signed Frank Kaminsky a week into the season.

Without Saric and Jones, the Suns have actually had to use Kaminsky as Deandre Ayton’s backup.