ORLANDO — Billy Donovan announced that Dennis Schröder has left the Orlando bubble to be with his family. Schröder and his wife Ellen are expecting their second child. He will miss today’s game against the Denver Nuggets.
Donovan mentioned that, “it happened this morning.” It is unclear if Donovan meant Schröder’s child was born then or if that was the time the Thunder’s sixth man left.
“Dennis is away to be with his family,” Donovan said today. “It is still fluid [in regards to him returning], but we will continue to communicate while he is away. We will know more in the coming days.”
Per the NBA rules, if a player leaves Orlando for what the league considers an excused absence — the birth of a child — they will have to quarantine for four days, if the player tests negative for COVID-19 every day they are away.
The Oklahoma City Thunder’s final seeding game is on August 18 against the LA Clippers. Afterwards the first round of the playoffs will begin.
Purely hypothetically speaking, if Schröder returns next Monday after testing negative every day this week, Schröder would miss all seven remaining seeding games but be ready for the first round.
In the meantime, Donovan mentioned that the Thunder will be forced to potentially stagger Shai Gilgeous-Alexander and Chris Paul. Lu Dort has had some run at point guard during the three scrimmage games to some positive results.
Brady Trantham has covered the Oklahoma City Thunder for The Franchise since April 2018 and for Thunder Digest since 2016. He hosts a Thunder podcast with Madysson Morris “OKC-82 Podcast” which can be found on all podcast outlets, and is a co-host on the Franchise Thunder Insider’s Show on Saturdays from 10-12. Brady is a graduate of the University of Oklahoma class of 2014. Follow him on Twitter @BradyDoesSports