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NBA COVID fallout: Isaiah Thomas (Mavericks), Joe Johnson (Celtics) among players on 10-day contracts



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With the omicron variant spreading at shocking speed, the NBA and the players union have agreed to new rules aimed at helping teams field fuller rosters and helping the league avoid postponements. Teams are permitted to sign one replacement player for each player who tests positive for COVID-19, and teams are required to sign at least one replacement player if two test positive, at least two replacement players if three test positive and at least three if four or more test positive, per ESPN.

The new rules, which will be in effect until Jan. 19, stipulate that replacement players’ salaries will not count toward the salary cap or luxury tax. When a team has multiple COVID cases on its roster and must sign a replacement, the player must be available by the beginning of its next game. For an NBA game to be played, both teams are required to have eight players available. The league has postponed nine games this season, and several teams have played severely shorthanded. 

Isaiah Thomas signed his second contract this week, inking a hardship deal with the Dallas Mavericks, per Shams Charania of The Athletic. Thomas’ first 10-day contract came with the Lakers, and he averaged 9.3 points per game in four contests. Lance Stephenson, briefly Thomas’ teammate with the Grand Rapids Gold, is now a member of the Atlanta Hawks, and seven-time All-Star Joe Johnson is once again a member of the Boston Celtics. The Celtics drafted Johnson in 2001, and he turned 40 in June, months before winning his second BIG3 MVP award. 


If you’re having trouble keeping track of who has gone where, here is a team-by-team list of players who are on 10-day contracts, along with the date they signed (or, in some cases, the day the signing was reported):

Atlanta Hawks

  • Chris Clemons (Dec. 29)
  • Cam Oliver (Dec. 29)
  • Justin Tillman (Dec. 28)
  • Chaundee Brown Jr. (Dec. 27)
  • Cat Barber (Dec. 25)
  • Malik Ellison (Dec. 25)
  • Wes Iwundu (Dec. 23)
  • Lance Stephenson (Dec. 22)
  • Malcolm Hill (Dec. 22)

Boston Celtics

  • Al-Farouq Aminu (Dec. 25)
  • Norvel Pelle (Dec. 25)
  • Joe Johnson (Dec. 22)
  • CJ Miles (Dec. 20)

Brooklyn Nets

  • Shaquille Harrison (Dec. 29; second 10-day)
  • Langston Galloway (Dec. 26; second 10-day)
  • Wenyen Gabriel (Dec. 21)

Chicago Bulls

  • Jordan Bell (reported Dec. 29)
  • Ersan Ilyasova (Dec. 23)
  • Mac McClung (Dec. 23)

Cleveland Cavaliers

  • Malik Newman (Dec. 29)
  • Trevon Scott (Dec. 22)
  • Justin Anderson (Dec. 21)
  • Luke Kornet (Dec. 21)

Dallas Mavericks

  • Isaiah Thomas (reported Dec. 29)
  • Charlie Brown Jr. (Dec. 23)
  • Carlik Jones (Dec. 23)
  • Brandon Knight (Dec. 23)
  • George King (Dec. 22)
  • Marquese Chriss (Dec. 21)
  • Theo Pinson (Dec. 20)

Detroit Pistons

  • Micah Potter (reported Dec. 29)
  • Trayvon Palmer (Dec. 28)
  • Justin Robinson (Dec. 28)
  • Deividas Sirvydis (Dec. 26)
  • Derrick Walton (Dec. 25)
  • Cassius Stanley (Dec. 25)  
  • Cheick Diallo (Dec. 23)

Golden State Warriors

  • Quinndary Weatherspoon (Dec. 23)

Houston Rockets

Los Angeles Clippers

  • James Ennis (Dec. 29)
  • Xavier Moon (Dec. 26)
  • Moses Wright (Dec. 21)

Los Angeles Lakers

  • Darren Collison (Dec. 24)
  • Stanley Johnson (Dec. 24)
  • Jemerrio Jones (Dec. 21)

Miami Heat

  • Aric Holman (reported Dec. 29)
  • Kyle Guy (reported Dec. 28)
  • Zylan Cheatham (Dec. 22)

Memphis Grizzlies

  • Xavier Sneed (Dec. 27)
  • Tyrell Terry (Dec. 25)
  • Shaq Buchanon (Dec. 25)

Milwaukee Bucks

  • Javin DeLaurier (Dec. 23)

Minnesota Timberwolves

  • Greg Monroe (Dec. 27)
  • Chris Silva (Dec. 21)
  • Rayjon Tucker (Dec. 21)

New Orleans Pelicans

  • Feron Hunt (Dec. 28)
  • Justin James (Dec. 26)
  • Jared Harper (Dec. 21)

New York Knicks

  • Danuel House Jr. (Dec. 23)
  • Damyean Dotson (Dec. 21)
  • Matt Mooney (Dec. 21)

Oklahoma City Thunder

  • Rob Edwards (Dec. 27)
  • Scotty Hopson (Dec. 27)
  • Olivier Sarr (Dec. 27)

Orlando Magic

  • Gabe York (reported Dec. 29)
  • Admiral Schofield (Dec. 27; second 10-day)
  • Hassani Gravett (Dec. 27; second 10-day)
  • Tim Frazier (Dec. 21)
  • Freddie Gillespie (Dec. 21)

Philadelphia 76ers

Phoenix Suns

Portland Trail Blazers

  • Reggie Perry (Dec. 28)
  • Jarron Cumberland (Dec. 26)
  • Cameron McGriff (Dec. 26)  
  • Brandon Williams (Dec. 26)  

Sacramento Kings

  • Emmanuel Mudiay (Dec. 22)
  • Ade Murkey (Dec. 22)

Toronto Raptors

  • Daniel Oturu (Dec. 24)
  • D.J. Wilson (Dec. 22)
  • Tremont Waters (Dec. 22)
  • Juwan Morgan (Dec. 22)

Washington Wizards

  • Alize Johnson (Dec. 28)
  • Craig Sword (Dec. 28)
  • Jordan Goodwin (Dec. 27)
  • Jordan Schakel (Dec. 22)

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Biggest MLB stars suspended for PEDs: Fernando Tatis Jr. joins Alex Rodriguez, Manny Ramirez, more on list



Friday night, a shockwave was sent through the baseball world when Major League Baseball announced San Diego Padres star shortstop Fernando Tatis Jr. has been suspended 80 games after testing positive for Clostebol, a performance-enhancing drug. The 80-game suspension begins immediately. Tatis will miss the final 48 games of 2022 and the first 32 games of 2023.

“We were surprised and extremely disappointed to learn today that Fernando Tatis Jr. tested positive for a performance-enhancing substance in violation of Major League Baseball’s Joint Prevention and Treatment Program and subsequently received an 80-game suspension without pay,” read a statement by the Padres. “We fully support the Program and are hopeful that Fernando will learn from this experience.”

Between the offseason motorcycle accident that broke his wrist and this PED suspension, Tatis will miss the entire season and go roughly 20 months between appearances in an MLB game when he returns next season. The 23-year-old who’s finished in the top four in the NL MVP voting twice already is in the second year of his 14-year, $340 million contract extension.


Needless to say, this is a shocker, and Tatis is certainly one of the biggest stars to be suspended for PEDs. Here are 10 other big name players who have been suspended for banned substances, listed alphabetically.

Suspended: 65 games in July 2013

In December 2011, Braun was suspended 50 games for PEDs, though he was able to get the suspension overturned through an appeal because the sample’s chain of custody had been broken. Less that two years later, Braun was suspended again, this time for his connections to Biogenesis. Braun was suspended 50 games for PEDs and additional 15 games for his actions during the appeals process of the original suspension. He later admitted to lying and using PEDs during his 2011 NL MVP season.

Suspended: 50 games in August 2012

If nothing else, Cabrera undoubtedly has the most ridiculous PED defense. He created a fake website pushing a fake product that he said led to a positive test inadvertently. It did not fool MLB’s investigators. Cabrera was an All-Star the year he was suspended and would have won the NL batting title, though he withdrew his name from the race. “I have no wish to win an award that would be tainted. I believe it would be far better for someone more deserving to win,” Cabrera said at the time.


Suspended: 80 games in May 2018 and 162 games in November 2020

Unlike some other players in this post, there is no wild story to Canó’s suspension(s). He was suspended in May 2018, served it, was suspended again in November 2020, and he served that too. There was no nasty appeals process or anything like that. Canó was traded in the offseason immediately following his first suspension, however. Still hard to believe another team wanted a declining 36-year-old player owed big money and coming off a PED suspension.

Suspended: 50 games in August 2012

Colon missed all of 2010 with arm problems, resurfaced with the Yankees in 2011, then joined the Athletics as a free agent in 2012. He took responsibility for the failed test and went on to spend another seven years in the big leagues as a journeyman starter.

Suspended: 50 games in August 2013


A total of 13 players were suspended in 2013 as part of the Biogenesis scandal, and Cruz — an All-Star that season and a year away from becoming a consistent 40-homer threat — was among them. Cruz did have to settle for a one-year contract as a free agent after the 2013 season, however.

Jenrry Mejia

Suspended: 80 games in April 2015, 162 games in July 2015, and a lifetime ban in February 2016

Mejia was not a big name player, but he deserves a mention here because he was the first — and is still the only — player to be hit with a lifetime ban as a result of a third positive PED test. And the thing is, Mejia was hit with his second suspension while he was serving his first, and he was hit with his third suspension when he was still serving his second. Now, lifetime bans aren’t always lifetime bans. Mejia was quietly granted reinstatement in July 2018, though he has not pitched in an MLB game since 2015. He is still active and is currently pitching in the Mexican League.

Rafael Palmeiro

Suspended: 10 days in August 2005

The first star player to be suspended for PEDs, Palmeiro was hit with his suspension less than five months after sitting in front of a Congressional panel and saying: “I have never used steroids. Period.” The suspension came less than a month after Palmeiro became the fifth player to reach the milestones of 3,000 hits and 500 home runs. Palmeiro’s suspension also shows how far the penalties have come. He was suspended only 10 days. Now, first-time offenders get 80 games.


Manny Ramirez

Suspended: 50 games in May 2009 and 100 games in April 2011

Ramirez was not the first player to be suspended twice for PEDs — Neifi Pérez was suspended 25 games in July 2017 and then 80 games in August 2007 — but he was certainly the first big star to be suspended for PEDs twice. Manny was with the Rays and voluntarily retired following the second suspension and later agreed to a reduced 50-game ban in December 2011, though it is technically still pending. Should Ramirez, now 50, attempt a comeback, he’ll have to serve the suspension before being activated by an MLB team. Manny played in the minors in 2012, in Taiwan in 2013, and in the minors again in 2014.

Alex Rodriguez

Suspended: 162 games in 2014

A-Rod never actually failed a PED test. He did admit to using PEDs during his time with the Texas Rangers, then he was suspended following MLB’s investigation into Biogenesis in August 2013. A-Rod was originally suspended 214 games (the rest of the 2013 season and all of 2014), though he got it reduced to 162 games through appeal. Rodriguez went scorched earth during the appeals process and threatened to sue MLB, the MLBPA, the Yankees, the commissioner, you name it. He never did follow through on the lawsuits, however. At the time the 162-game PED suspension was the longest in MLB history.

Miguel Tejada

Suspended: 105 games in August 2013


Tejada, the 2002 AL MVP, tested positive for amphetamines, not testosterone or a hardcore anabolic steroid. Amphetamines were not always banned and were once common in big league clubhouses. Under the policy at the time, the first positive test for an amphetamine effectively came with a warning. The second brought a 25-game suspension and the third an 80-game suspension. Tejada had previously tested positive for an amphetamine, and he tested positive for the second and third time with the Royals in 2013. The 25-game and 80-game bans together equal 105 games. Tejada never played in the big leagues again after being suspended.

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Paul Goldschmidt and Nolan Arenado crush home runs to give the Cardinals the win



Paul Goldschmidt and Nolan Arenado blast home runs to give the St. Louis Cardinals the win over the Milwaukee Brewers.

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Zach Wilson to undergo an MRI after suffering knee injury in Jets’ first preseason game




Jets second-year quarterback Zach Wilson departed New York’s preseason opener against the Philadelphia Eagles after suffering a knee injury. With over four minutes to play in the first quarter, Wilson took a first-and-10 snap from New York’s 40-yard line and scrambled out right. As he turned upfield, Wilson tried to make a cut towards the middle of the field to shake loose a would-be tackler and went down awkwardly. 

He initially was helped up by a teammate and had a noticeable limp. Wilson was then sent to the locker room for further evaluation and the Jets officially ruled him questionable to return with a knee injury. Wilson did not return to the game, and afterwords, Jets coach Robert Saleh told reporters that Wilson will undergo an MRI on Saturday. 

Given that this is merely an exhibition, it wouldn’t be surprising for the team to keep him sidelined for the rest of the game even if he is healthy enough to go. This injury does have some room for concern, however, because it doesn’t appear like Wilson was touched as he went down to the field. And anytime there’s a non-contact injury, it should leave the team holding its breath. 


Prior to the injury, Wilson wasn’t off to a hot start. On the Jets’ opening drive of the evening, he threw a poor interception to Eagles linebacker Kyzir White on a pass intended for Corey Davis. Wilson completed three of his five passes for 23 yards and that pick before going down. 

The former No. 2 overall pick in the 2021 NFL Draft is entering his sophomore season after a rocky rookie campaign. In 13 games, he completed just 55.6% of his passes for 2,334 yards, nine touchdowns, and 11 interceptions. 

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