11:39 AM ET
ESPN News Services
Contact tracing with Phoenix players is a factor because the Suns played the Washington Wizards on Monday, the league said. The Wizards have had positive COVID-19 tests within their roster, sources told ESPN, and also had their game for Wednesday postponed.
That has left the Suns without the league-required eight available players to proceed with Wednesday’s game vs. Atlanta.
“Not ideal,” Hawks guard Kevin Huerter tweeted shortly after the postponement was announced.
It becomes the seventh NBA game this season to be postponed — and sixth since Sunday — due to health and safety protocols.
The Suns, Hawks, Wizards, Miami Heat and Philadelphia 76ers are among the teams dealing with significant roster depletion in recent days because of positive tests, tracing — which indicates if someone has been in an unsafe amount of contact with a person who tested positive — or both.
Phoenix has home games coming up against Golden State on Friday and Indiana on Saturday, and Washington is scheduled to go to Detroit on Friday. The Celtics are hoping