Sources told ESPN that Nikola Vucevic, a Chicago Bulls player, tested positive for COVID-19. He was admitted to the NBA's safety and health protocols on Thursday.
Vucevic was listed by the Bulls in their protocols. However, the positive test means that Vucevic, a two-time All Star selection, will be out of action for 10 days or until he receives two negative PCR tests within a 24-hour period.
Chicago (8-3) will begin a five-game West Coast tour on Friday against the league-leading Golden State Warriors. (TV: ESPN, 10 p.m. ET
Vucevic was the guard for Philadelphia 76ers' center Joel Embiid during successive games before Embiid tested positive last week. NBC Sports Chicago reported that the Bulls have been fully vaccinated.
Vucevic, 31 has recorded five double-doubles in his six previous games, including an 18 point, 10-rebound performance Wednesday's 117–107 win over Dallas Mavericks.
Vucevic's 11-game season has seen him average 13.6 points, 10.9 rebound and 4.3 assists, which is tied for the Bulls' best record in Eastern Conference.
In Vucevic’s absence, Tony Bradley will likely take over at the center for Bulls.