Los Angeles Clippers Patrick Beverley is the third NBA player to leave the bubble this month due to a family or personal matter, according to reports.
Beverley left Disney’s ESPN Wide World of Sports complex in Orlando on Tuesday night due to “an emergency personal matter,” league sources told ESPN. The veteran guard said he plans to return, although it is not known when.
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Beverley sent an encrypted message Wednesday morning of a crying emoji.
Beverley’s departure is the latest blow for the Clippers, who also saw center Montrezl Harrell leave the bubble on Friday due to an “urgent family situation,” reported The Athletic.
Both players join Zion Williamson of the New Orleans Pelicans, who was the first to leave the Orlando campus on Thursday. According to his team, he was dealing with an “urgent family matter”.
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All three have reportedly expressed interest in returning, but with both teams’ first game scheduled for next Thursday, several variables could prevent them from playing.
NBA protocol requires any player who is outside the bubble for less than a week to be quarantined for four days upon their return, unless they have a positive coronavirus test result. Longer outside the bubble could mean up to two weeks of quarantine.
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With no details on a player’s situation, the timing of their return remains a mystery.