Hawks' Trae Young Reportedly Entered into NBA's COVID-19 Protocols

Scott Polacek@@ScottPolacekFeatured Columnist IVDecember 19, 2021

ATLANTA, GA - DECEMBER 17: Trae Young #11 of the Atlanta Hawks reacts during the first half against the Denver Nuggets at State Farm Arena on December 17, 2021 in Atlanta, Georgia. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Todd Kirkland/Getty Images)
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Atlanta Hawks star Trae Young is reportedly the latest big-name NBA player to enter the league's health and safety protocols.

On Sunday, ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski reported Young was placed in the COVID-19 protocols.

Young played in Friday's 133-115 loss to the Denver Nuggets.

Atlanta was scheduled to host the Cleveland Cavaliers on Sunday, but Wojnarowski reported the game was postponed because Cleveland did not have enough available players.

Wojnarowski noted Jarrett Allen and four other Cavaliers entered the league's health and safety protocols.

The 23-year-old Young tweeted Saturday that he hoped people stayed healthy amid the latest COVID-19 outbreak as the omicron variant spreads and makes headlines across the world:         

Trae Young @TheTraeYoung

I hope everybody stays healthy πŸ™πŸ½

He also tweeted following Sunday's news:

Trae Young @TheTraeYoung

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Young has appeared in all 29 of Atlanta's games this season and is averaging 27.3 points, 9.3 assists, 4.0 rebounds and 1.0 steals a night while shooting 46.0 percent from the field and 37.7 percent from three-point range.

He is a major reason the Hawks reached the Eastern Conference Finals last season and were seen as contenders coming into the 2021-22 campaign. They are on the outside of the playoff picture looking in at 14-15, and they are just 2-5 in their past seven games.

If Young is sidelined, look for Delon Wright and Lou Williams to see more playing time in ball-handling roles in the backcourt.

In the sports world, COVID-19 concerns have once again risen to the forefront. The NFL moved multiple games in its Week 15 slate in an effort to have them contested, even with so many players on the league's COVID list. What's more, the NHL and NBA have postponed multiple games.

According to a tracker from James Herbert of CBS Sports, Young is the only player on the Hawks in health and safety protocols as of Sunday morning.