Report: Suns' Chris Paul enters COVID-19 health and safety protocols

Chris Paul of the Phoenix Suns has entered into the NBA's COVID-19 health and safety protocols, according to The Athletic's Shams Charania. He will be out of action for an unknown period of time.

Phoenix Suns All-NBA guard Chris Paul has entered COVID-19 health and safety protocols and is sidelined for an indefinite period of time, sources tell @[email protected]://

— Shams Charania (@ShamsCharania) June 16, 2021

It's possible that Paul may not be available to play at the start of the upcoming Western Conference finals, but we don't know when that series will begin. The NBA has not yet released the schedule for the upcoming conference finals, and Suns are still waiting to find out which team they'll be facing. The winner of the series between the Utah Jazz and Los Angeles Clippers will take on the Suns, and that series is currently tied 2-2.

According to Charania, Paul's "isolation period could be shorter for a vaccinated individual." Paul has not publicly revealed whether he's been vaccinated. In March he called vaccination a "personal-type decision."

Chris Paul on getting vaccinated: "I think all of these situations are personal-type decisions." Says they'll keep talking about it in the NBPA but doesn't see any kind of mandate coming

— Gerald Bourguet (@GeraldBourguet) March 7, 2021

The Suns completed their sweep of the Denver Nuggets on Sunday and may not have to play again until next week. The Jazz-Clippers series won't end for at least two more games (scheduled for Wednesday and Friday), and a possible Game 7 is scheduled for Sunday.

This story will be updated.

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