Here is what has happened over the last couple of weeks in the NBA:MAY 7Kings point guard De’Aaron Fox has cleared the league’s health and safety protocols, per James Ham of NBC Sports Bay Area. Read more here.MAY 5Los Angeles Lakers guard Dennis Schroder surprised a lot of people this week when he accidentally revealed LeBron James’ COVID-19 vaccination status. According to Schroder, he and James are two Lakers who have opted not to get vaccinated. Read more here.Of the 492 NBA players tested for COVID-19 since April 28, four players registered new confirmed positive tests, the league and the players’ union announced in a press release. Read more here.MAY 4The Hornets may have to finish the regular season without Miles Bridges, who is expected to miss 10 to 14 days after entering the NBA’s health and safety protocols. The 10- to 14-day timeline is normally associated with a positive COVID-19 test, although that hasn’t been confirmed. Bridges is currently in quarantine, according to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski. Read more here.MAY 3Magic head coach Steve Clifford, who has been in the NBA’s health and safety protocols for over a week, has been cleared and is on track to coach the team on Wednesday vs. Boston, the team announced Monday. We heard back on April 24 that Clifford had registered a positive test for COVID-19. However, he had just received his second vaccination shot and reportedly didn’t experience any symptoms following his diagnosis. Despite not feeling ill, Clifford had to clear the league’s protocols before being given the go-ahead to be around the Magic again. Read more here.Lakers guard Dennis Schroder is expected to miss the next 10-14 days in the NBA's health and safety protocols. The 27-year-old could very likely miss the remainder of the regular season as the Lakers have just eight games remaining. L.A.'s final regular-season game is May 16 against the New Orleans Pelicans. There's a possibility he returns for the team's final two games of the season, but that's viewed as the best-case scenario. Read more here.APRIL 29The NBA's Chicago Bulls and NHL's Chicago Blackhawks are going with a "better late than never" approach to welcoming paying spectators back to the United Center. In a joint statement released on Thursday, the two organizations announced they've been permitted to welcome fans at 25% capacity beginning when the Bulls host the Boston Celtics on May 7. The Blackhawks, meanwhile, will have to wait until their home game against the Dallas Stars on May 9. Read more here.APRIL 27The Milwaukee Bucks are joining other sports entities around the United States in an attempt to get an increasing number of Americans vaccinated from COVID-19. According to Malika Andrews of ESPN, the Bucks are offering every eligible fan attending Sunday’s game against the Brooklyn Nets at Fiserv Forum the Pfizer vaccine. Read more here.Rockets guard Kevin Porter Jr. has been fined $50,000 for violating the NBA’s health and safety protocols, the league announced in a press release. Porter violated these rules when he attended a club in Miami on April 19. The NBA’s protocols prohibit players and staff from attending indoor social gatherings of 15 or more people, along with entering bars, lounges, clubs or similar establishments. Sterling Brown, who was assaulted and severely injured in the incident, will not be fined. Read more here.APRIL 26According to Baxter Holmes of ESPN, 10 of the NBA’s referees are currently sidelined, primarily due to COVID-related issues, and adding that 24 refs have missed at least one game this season due to the league’s health and safety protocols. Read more here.APRIL 24Evan Fournier's return to the court Friday didn't go as planned, but it was still a step in the right direction. The Boston Celtics guard missed the previous nine games due to COVID-19. Fournier opened up about his experience with the virus after missing all of his shots in a 109-104 loss to the Brooklyn Nets, according to Justin Leger of NBC Sports Boston. Read more here.APRIL 19The NBA has not permitted personnel to travel internationally to scout players since October due to COVID-19 concerns. ESPN's Jonathan Givony reports the league office will be eliminating such travel restrictions for individuals who are fully vaccinated against the coronavirus. Personnel who do travel internationally for scouting purposes must "comply with all applicable government regulations" and adhere to NBA health and safety protocols. Read more here.On Monday, the NBA confirmed that free agency will begin on Aug. 2 at 6 p.m. ET, when clubs can first start negotiating with out-of-contract players. Teams will be permitted to officially sign free agents on Aug. 6 at 12:01 p.m. ET. Read more here.APRIL 18The Los Angeles Lakers will not visit the White House to celebrate their 2020 NBA title when the team travels to Washington D.C. for a game against the Wizards later this month, according to ESPN's Dave McMenamin. Scheduling conflicts and COVID-19 protocols will prevent the Lakers from visiting President Joe Biden in the nation's capital. Read more here.APRIL 16After having to cancel it in 2020 due to the coronavirus pandemic, the NBA will once again hold its G League Elite Camp prior to the draft combine this year, according to Shams Charania of The Athletic, who says the event will take place from June 19-21. The combine will follow, in the same location, from June 21-27. Read more here.APRIL 14Boston Celtics star Jayson Tatum has been dealing with the effects of COVID-19 for months. As of late, he has started to look more like himself. Tatum said he's feeling "very close" to 100% and added some new information about his recovery from the coronavirus. "I take an inhaler before the game since I've tested positive," Tatum said, according to Boston.com's Tom Westerholm. "This has kind of helped with that and opened up my lungs and, you know, I never took an inhaler before. So that's something different. I for sure feel better now than I did a month ago." The 23-year-old added that he's not sure when he'll be able to stop using the inhaler. Many people who have tested positive for COVID-19 deal with symptoms for many months after the virus is gone. Read more here.An Olympic qualifying tournament in Victoria, Canada, will be played under “bubble” rules if negotiations with the Canadian government are successful. That news came Wednesday from FIBA headquarters in Geneva, Switzerland, as planning for this summer’s international basketball tournaments continued. Read more here.The tightened schedule the NBA adopted to squeeze 72 games into five months is being criticized amid an increase in injuries, writes Baxter Holmes of ESPN. Holmes talked to several general managers and training-staff officials who believe players are more at risk than ever. Read more here.APRIL 7The NBA reportedly expects arenas to be at full capacity for the 2021-22 season and is hopeful that it can safely welcome more fans into the stands this season, according to ESPN's Baxter Holmes. Holmes reports a "key aspect" toward allowing more fans to attend games is the NBA's league-wide partnership with Clear, "a biometric screening company known for its expedited security process at hundreds of airports worldwide." The partnership makes Clear's COVID-19 health-screening technology available to all NBA teams. The deal could be announced as soon as Wednesday morning, Holmes says. Read more here.APRIL 2The BIG3, a summer league that features many former NBA players, will return for its fourth season, the league announced on its website. The 2020 season had to be canceled because of COVID-19 concerns. Read more here.