Jonas Valanciunas won’t miss any time with the Grizzlies after he left Friday’s win over the Brooklyn Nets due to COVID-19 health and safety protocols.
The Grizzlies center said on Twitter on Sunday that he was good to return and did not test positive for the coronavirus.
“False alarm. Everyone around me is healthy and I am cleared to get back on the court. Thank you all for the support. Stay safe!,” Valanciunas said.
A team source confirmed that Valanciunas is cleared to return and will be available Monday when the Grizzlies face the Cavaliers in Cleveland.
Valanciunas was sitting on the bench when he was escorted out of the arena just before halftime. Coach Taylor Jenkins said postgame that Valanciunas did not test positive for COVID-19, which suggests it was due to contact tracing.
For a Grizzlies team with four rotation players out due to injury, it’s good news ahead of a three-game road trip. After facing the Cavaliers on Monday, the Grizzlies begin a two-game series with the Minnesota Timberwolves on Wednesday.
Valanciunas is averaging 14.2 points and 10.6 rebounds and had a streak of eight consecutive double-doubles snapped due to his departure.
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