Evan Fournier’s debut with the Boston Celtics will have to wait, as the newly acquired guard was placed in NBA health and safety protocols on Saturday.
“I really don’t want to go into the details of everything, because I don’t know all the answers,” coach Brad Stevens said before the Celtics played the Thunder in Oklahoma City. “When it comes to frustration, it’s been a very constant theme for us to miss people. But hopefully it won’t be long-term. We’ll see how this all goes and we’ll go from there.”
With Fournier cleaning up his physical on Friday, it was believed he could make his Celtics debut against the Thunder on Saturday. It is not clear whether Fournier was a positive test or was ruled out due to contact tracing. If it’s the latter, per league protocols, you’ll need to record negative tests for seven days before coming out of quarantine.
Fournier was acquired on the day of the Orlando Magic trade deadline in exchange for two second-round picks. The 28-year-old point guard is averaging a career-high 19.7 points and 3.7 assists this season, including 38.8% of 3 in more than seven attempts per game.