While the Cleveland Cavaliers are getting a key player back from the league’s COVID-19 health and safety protocols, another key player has entered the protocols.
Rookie big man Evan Mobley has cleared health and safety protocols after missing the team’s last four games, according to Shams Charania, while guard Darius Garland is now out, per Adrian Wojnarowski.
Mobley is scheduled to rejoin the Cavaliers as soon as today and the team is hopeful that he can play tonight against the New Orleans Pelicans, but the plan is to first put him through pregame and see how he feels conditioning-wise, according to Cavaliers reporter Chris Fedor.
In 25 games this season, the 20-year-old is averaging 13.8 points, 8.3 rebounds, 2.5 assists and 1.8 blocks per game in 33.6 minutes per game and is a candidate for Rookie of the Year.
Meanwhile, Garland has been playing at an All-Star level, averaging 19.5 points, 3.0 rebounds, 7.3 assists and 1.4 steals per game in 31 games (34.2 minutes per game).
The 21-year-old has been a major factor in the resurgent Cavaliers getting off to a 20-13 start, currently fifth place in the Eastern Conference.
Without Garland, Ricky Rubio will start at point guard while Kevin Pangos may get some minutes off the bench after playing a season-high 16 minutes last game.