On Friday, the NBA announced that Houston Rockets forward Danuel House will leave and not return to the Bubble after concluding an ongoing investigation.
At first, there was speculation that a female coronavirus tester was in House’s room for multiple hours. However, on Thursday, the tester denied this fact, according to Jonathan Feigen. She claimed that she had contact with Tyson Chandler and another Rockets player, but not House.
The NBA investigation cleared Chandler and the other player on Wednesday. Unfortunately, House did not have the same fate. Ultimately, the NBA did find that House violated health and safety protocols. The league released the following statement:
“The NBA has concluded its investigation of a recent violation of campus health and safety protocols. The findings are that: (i) Houston Rockets forward Danuel House had a guest in his hotel room over multiple hours on September 8 who was not authorized to be on campus and (ii) no evidence was found that other players or staff had contact with the guest or were involved in this incident.”
“Mr. House is leaving the NBA campus and will not participate with the Rockets team in additional games this season.”NBA
The Houston Rockets have lost a key piece in Danuel House. Before the investigation, House played very well during the first nine games of the postseason. He averaged 11.4 points while shooting about 36 percent from the arc, and he grabbed 5.8 rebounds per game. The Rockets have lost the two games that he has not played.
The Houston Rockets face elimination Saturday, as they look to keep the series alive against the Los Angeles Lakers without House.