Bulls star DeMar DeRozan placed in NBA's health and safety protocols


CHICAGO (670 The Score) – The COVID-19 concerns are growing larger for the Bulls.

Star forward DeMar DeRozan has landed in the NBA’s health and safety protocols, according to the league’s injury report. He’ll miss Chicago’s game against Denver at the United Center on Monday evening – and probably more contests as well. Players who test positive usually miss 10-plus days unless they return multiple negative tests in a 24-hour window.

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It wasn't immediately confirmed that DeRozan tested positive, as Bulls coach Billy Donovan didn't have full details in his pregame media session Monday evening.

DeRozan participated fully in shootaround with his Bulls teammates Monday morning. The Bulls usually have a COVID-19 testing session in the morning, send the samples out and then get them back later in the day.

DeRozan is the third Bulls player to currently be placed in the health and safety protocols. Starting forward Javonte Green and reserve guard Coby White are also sidelined for that reason. Because of that, the Bulls are usually testing multiple times per day now too, Donovan said.

The Bulls expect to have more information on DeRozan’s status in the next day or so.

“I know there’s a lot more questions about is he positive? Is he negative?” Donovan said. “I don’t even know yet. This is obviously coming from the league, and we’ll probably have more information going forward. This just transpired this afternoon. So I can not confirm and/or deny if it’s a false positive or is positive. I just don’t know right now. Obviously, the medical staff works through the league on that and they come up with the guidelines to which he’s got to follow.”

Donovan emphasized his Bulls have been diligent in following the guidelines, but he also didn’t express surprise at their COVID-19 outbreak given the state of the pandemic. The Bulls are fully vaccinated, NBC Sports Chicago has previously reported.

“It’s pretty clear just from a national standpoint – forget the NBA – people that are vaccinated are getting COVID," Donovan said. "That’s happened. I think because of the NBA being such a small business so to speak with players that have got obviously national recognition, you see a lot more. But I think for people that have been vaccinated that are just out there as citizens, they’re testing positive too. I don’t anybody was under the premise that just because you were going to be vaccinated that you’d have no chance of getting COVID.”

DeRozan has been one of the NBA’s top players in his first season in Chicago, averaging 26.4 points per game, which ranks fourth in the league. He’s adding 5.3 rebounds and 4.1 assists per game while shooting 49.8% overall.

Cody Westerlund is a sports editor for 670TheScore.com and covers the Bulls. Follow him on Twitter @CodyWesterlund.