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Report: Danilo Gallinari, Clint Capela join Trae in COVID protocols

Hawks PG is in COVID-19 protocols as the NBA struggles to thwart the spread of the virus.

Trae Young #11 of the Atlanta Hawks is fouled by Monte Morris #11 of the Denver Nuggets during the second half at State Farm Arena on December 17, 2021 in Atlanta, Georgia. Photo by Todd Kirkland/Getty Images

Update, Dec. 21 — The Hawks have placed Clint Capela and Danilo Gallinari into health and safety protocols on Tuesday, joining All-Star Trae Young as players who could be out for Christmas Day. ATL plays the New York Knicks at 12:30 p.m. ET on X-Mas and the Hawks could be missing a few regulars. This also puts the game in jeopardy of being postponed.

Atlanta Hawks PG Trae Young has been placed into the NBA’s health and safety protocols on Sunday. He won’t be able to play in Sunday’s game vs. the Cleveland Cavaliers, which appears in jeopardy of being placed altogether. The Cavs had five additional players land in COVID-19 protocols after Isaac Okoro and Evan Mobley both landed on the list.

We’ll see if this means there’s going to be an outbreak within the Hawks organization. If so, we could see more ATL players headed to the COVID list. Bogdan Bogdanovic is on the injury report with an ankle issue and he’s listed as questionable for Sunday.

If Young is out and Bogdanovic returns, plus the Hawks don’t lose anyone else to COVID protocols, there will be some value throughout the roster. Delon Wright and Kevin Huerter should play most of the minutes in the back court. Lou Williams is also a candidate to get more run at PG as the most natural replacement for Young.