Here is what has happened over the last couple of weeks in the NBA:JANUARY 5Mike Singer of the Denver Post and other outlets reported on Wednesday that Nuggets forward Michael Porter Jr. will end his quarantine by the end of the night and is expected to be available for Thursday's contest. Read more here.JANUARY 4The NBA has made a small adjustment to its roster rules for the 2020-21 season, allowing teams to sign players to 10-day contracts via the hardship provision before the annual window for standard 10-day signings opens. A player signed via the hardship provision later in the season would receive a 10-day contract, but since 10-day deals can’t be signed until Jan. 5 in a normal league year (Feb. 23 this year), players signed via the hardship provision before that date receive minimum-salary contracts that are non-guaranteed but cover the full season. Once those players are cut, their cap hits are adjusted to reflect the amount of days they were under contract. Read more here.Nets star forward Kevin Durant is listed out Tuesday against the Jazz due to NBA’s coronavirus health and safety protocols, The Athletic's Shams Charania tweets. Durant faces a seven-day quarantine because of exposure to a positive COVID-19 case, ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski tweets. That means Durant would also have to sit out three more games. He has continued to register antibodies and has tested negative in multiple recent tests, Wojnarowski adds. Read more here.The league has made some amendments to its COVID-19 protocols, including a requirement that all active players who are dressed to play must wear a face mask until they enter the game, per Shams Charania of The Athletic. Additionally, all players, coaches and staffers in Tiers 1 and 2 must wear a mask when outside the team setting and indoors. Read more here.JANUARY 3Avery Bradley missed a team practice with the Heat due to the league’s COVID-19 health and safety protocols, according to Anthony Chiang of the Miami Herald. Chiang adds that Bradley’s official status for Miami’s upcoming game against the Thunder on Monday has yet to be determined. Read more here.According to ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski, multiple members of the Clippers' support staff were quarantined in Salt Lake City after a positive coronavirus test. The group includes no players, coaches or team management. Read more here.JANUARY 2Bulls head coach Billy Donovan announced that forward Chandler Hutchison has tested positive for COVID-19, ESPN’s Eric Woodyard writes. Read more here.JANUARY 1Michael Porter Jr. missed the Nuggets‘ game Friday night against the Suns and could be sidelined for several days under the NBA’s health and safety protocols, per Shams Charania of The Athletic. Porter was in close contact with someone who tested positive for COVID-19, according to Kendra Andrews of The Athletic. Read more here.DECEMBER 31The Bulls were without Lauri Markkanen, Ryan Arcidiacono, Tomas Satoransky, and Chandler Hutchison on Thursday evening vs. the Wizards due to the NBA’s health and safety protocols, head coach Billy Donovan said, per K.C. Johnson of NBC Sports Chicago. Donovan told reporters that he’s unsure how long Markkanen, Arcidiacono, Satoransky, and Hutchison will be unavailable. Read more here.DECEMBER 30The NBA and National Basketball Players Association shared some encouraging news Wednesday, announcing in a press release that there have been no new positive COVID-19 tests among the league’s 495 players during the most recent testing period. Read more here.DECEMBER 28When the NBA paused its season back in March, Kevin Love covered lost wages for the workers who swap out the arena floor at RocketMortgage FieldHouse, according to Chris Manning of Forbes. When the NBA paused its season back in March, Love covered lost wages for the workers who swap out the arena floor at RocketMortgage FieldHouse, according to Chris Manning of Forbes. Read more here.DECEMBER 24Following James Harden‘s violation of the NBA’s health and safety protocols, the NBA will require the Rockets star to conduct a four-day quarantine that began on Tuesday. Harden must self-isolate through Friday and continue to test negative for the coronavirus in order to receive clearance to resume participating in practices, games or other team activities. He won’t be able to travel with the team but would be eligible to return for Saturday’s game against the Trail Blazers as long as he doesn’t break quarantine or test positive for the virus. Read more here.The image of Rudy Gobert touching the mics has stuck with him for over nine months, and the Jazz center reflected on the moment, saying that while he wishes he hadn't done it, it's important to remember how different things were at that point in time. "It came from a good intention," Gobert told ESPN's Lisa Salters. "It was the first day that we found out that the media was not going to be able to interview us, right next to us, and, you know, we obviously didn't know as much as we know now, and I only did that to try to liven the mood a little bit. It was, of course, if I could go back in time, I wouldn't do it." Read more here.The NBA’s coronavirus testing program has turned up two new positive tests among players since the last update on December 16, the league and the players’ union announced on Thursday. Read more here.A Rockets staff member has tested positive for the novel coronavirus COVID-19. As a result, contact tracing is being conducted for guard Eric Gordon and other Houston personnel, according to Shams Charania of The Athletic. Read more here.DECEMBER 23According to ESPN's Tim MacMahon, the Rockets and the NBA are reviewing video of Jarmes Harden partying maskless at a strip club to determine if he violated the league's COVID-19 protocols, putting his status for the team's season-opener on Wednesday in jeopardy. The NBA's COVID-19 protocols prohibit players from going to bars, lounges, clubs and from attending gatherings of more than 15 people. If Harden is in violation, he'll likely be hit with a hefty fine. Read more here.Harden says he was not at a strip club this week when a video surfaced that appeared to show him partying without a mask on. However, the Houston Rockets star may still be ineligible to play in Wednesday night’s season opener. Read more here.The National Basketball Players Association is donating $50,000 to a local, union-run food bank for laid-off Disney World employees. The food bank has been in danger of closing due to lack of funds, but the NBPA's donation will keep it running for at least another month. Read more here.Rajon Rondo will miss the Hawks' season opener due to COVID-19 protocols. The Athletic reported this week that the four-time All-Star attended a funeral for a family member over the weekend and can't play until he clears COVID-19 protocols. Read more here.The NBA announced that the Rockets' game vs. OKC has been postponed because the team would not have been able to dress the league-required eight players in order to play. Additionally, Harden is unavailable due to a violation of COVID protocols. Read more here.Additionally, James Harden has been fined $50,000 by the NBA due to his violation of the league’s coronavirus-related health and safety protocols, according to JD Shaw of Hoops Rumors. Read more here.Tim Reynolds of the AP reports that players can be docked game checks if they miss a contest and it's found that they violated COVID protocols. Read more here.DECEMBER 22Adam Silver has repeatedly said in recent years that the NBA is not considering expansion, but the commissioner has changed his stance amid the coronavirus pandemic. Silver told reporters on Monday that the financial impact of the COVID-19 pandemic “caused us to maybe dust off some of the analyses on the economic and competitive impacts of expansion.” Whereas he has previously said the NBA was content with its 30 teams, he clearly is not ruling it out now. Silver says one of the biggest concerns with expansion would be the competitiveness of the league. Read more here.The Lakers will have a black sheet covering their 2020 NBA title banner for opening night that reads "Stay tuned, Lakers family," according to ESPN's Dave McMenamin. The franchise's 17th championship banner will remain covered until fans are allowed back into the building, Lakers president of business operations Tim Harris told McMenamin. Read more here.The Nets raised a banner to honor New York City essential workers before tipoff against the Golden State Warriors on Tuesday evening. Read more here.DECEMBER 21The NBA has designed thorough health and safety protocols in consultation with public health and medical experts, according to Adam Silver. As for the NBA’s COVID-19 vaccination plan, Silver said during an appearance on ESPN’s "First Take" that the league won’t “jump the line in any form whatsoever.” Meanwhile, from now until Jan. 24, the NBA’s waiver order will be based on winning percentage as of March 11, tweets ESPN’s Bobby Marks. The teams with the worst records at that time will have the highest waiver priority. Typically, the waiver order is based on the current season’s records starting on Dec. 1, but that won’t happen until Jan. 25 this season due to the revamped calendar. Read more here.DECEMBER 17New rumors have emerged concerning the NBA’s continued efforts to make a “bubble” campus iteration of its G League a reality for the 2020-21 season. The location for such an event has yet to be finalized. While Adam Zagoria of Forbes says that the bubble may not happen in Atlanta for logistical reasons, Dave McMenamin of ESPN says Atlanta remains the front-runner, but Orlando is also a candidate to host. Read more here.DECEMBER 16Marc Stein of the New York Times reports some changes the NBA is allowing for this season. Among them, the league will allow teams to have 15 players in uniform each night, up from the previous limit of 13. Read more here.DECEMBER 14Veteran forward Noah Vonleh tested positive for COVID-19 and will be waived by the Bulls, reports Chris Haynes of Yahoo Sports. Teams won’t announce which of their players test positive for the coronavirus this season, but Vonleh confirmed his diagnosis to Haynes. Read more here.DECEMBER 10LeBron James says the idea of not having fans at games is an idea he's still not on board with. "It’ll never be something that’s comfortable, something I can be accustomed to or something that will feel regular," LeBron said. "When I first started playing organized sports, [fans] were there. It’s all a part of it. The fans are a part of this game." While the NBA has expressed optimism that fans will be able to attend games once a vaccine is available, there's no clear timeline when that will actually happen. So for the time being, NBA games will continue to be played in empty arenas except in a few cases, as the Utah Jazz, Memphis Grizzlies and Orlando Magic have plans to allow fans at home games. Read more here.The NBA is reportedly creating specific policy that will help the distribution of the vaccine around the league go as smoothly as possible. Sources told ESPN that Adam Silver and his staff have been communicating with "teams, players, and agents" while developing vaccine protocol, hoping to help everyone feel informed and confident when the time to take the vaccine finally comes. Silver is considering creating "an educational program for players and staff about vaccine choices, possible side effects and efficacy with the intent to put players at ease so they are willing to receive the vaccine." Read more here.DECEMBER 9Kings big man Marvin Bagley III contracted the novel coronavirus COVID-19 in Arizona ahead of Sacramento’s training camp and as a consequence was unable to participate in individual workouts, according to Sean Cunningham of ABC10 Sacramento. Read more here.DECEMBER 7With costs in mind, the league reportedly is distributing $30 million to each of its 30 teams to help them manage "continued pandemic-related costs and missed revenue," according to Brendan Coffey and Scott Soshnick of Yahoo Sports. The NBA sold $900 million in notes in a private placement to institutional investors and is expected to distribute the money before the season begins on Dec. 22, Coffey and Soshnick add. Read more here.DECEMBER 5According to ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski and Tim Bontemps, the NBA has outlined a number of protocols. Among those protocols: Players cannot go to bars, clubs or large indoor gatherings; players and teams can go to restaurants that have been pre-approved by the league while on the road; and players and staffer families will be tested twice weekly. Read more here.Furthermore, ESPN’s Tim Bontemps notes the potential punishment for teams that violate the protocols and whose violations lead to other teams being affected or changes in the schedule. In addition to fines and suspensions, the league says that forfeiture of draft picks or even games could be on the table. Read more here.DECEMBER 4The NBA has officially suspended random marijuana testing for the 2020-21 season, tweets Marc Stein of The New York Times. Ben Dowsett first reported on Thursday that the league would continue to forgo those tests after scrapping them for the summer restart in Orlando. The NBA will only conduct “with cause” tests this season, sources tell Dowsett. Although the coronavirus pandemic is being cited as the motivating factor for eliminating random marijuana tests in 2020-21, there’s no guarantee that the program will ever return in its previous form. Read more here.Karl-Anthony Towns died in April at the age of 58 after battling COVID-19. Towns’ father also had COVID-19 but has recovered. However, Towns' other family members haven’t been so lucky. Towns says his uncle died recently. He said on Friday that seven family members in total have died from complications due to COVID-19. Read more here.DECEMBER 3The Toronto Raptors are set to begin the NBA season in Tampa as travel restrictions due to the COVID-19 pandemic are keeping the team from being able to be based in Canada. Raptors forward Pascal Siakam says that given the chaotic state of the year, the team has grown accustomed to the uncertainty. The Raptors are in a unique position, as they are the only team in the NBA that will not be playing in their home city, at least for the start of the season. They have not played a game at Scotiabank Arena in over eight months. Read more here.The NBA has its eye on Thursday, March 25 for this season’s trade deadline, according to Shams Charania of The Athletic. Read more here.DECEMBER 2Damian Lillard believes that games played in the NBA bubble in Orlando were “way easier” and gave plenty of reasons why. “There was no distractions. We didn’t have to travel after games. We’d just get our recovery in after the games," he said. Read more here.DECEMBER 1Now that the NBA has left its bubble for the 2020-21 campaign, Sixers head coach Doc Rivers is among those worried about whether or not the league will be able to replicate that success, per Tim Bontemps of ESPN. "Man, I tell you I’m very concerned if we can pull this off,” Rivers said, pointing to COVID-19 outbreaks in college football and in the NFL as ominous signs. Read more here.NOVEMBER 25The NBA and Indiana Pacers have postponed All-Star weekend in Indianapolis, which was originally set to be held from Feb. 12-14, 2021, the league announced in a press release. The events have been rescheduled for Feb. 16-18, 2024, with the All-Star Game scheduled to commence on Feb. 18. Plans for a revised 2021 All-Star weekend will be announced at a later date. Read more here.NOVEMBER 24The Jazz announced a plan to have a limited number of fans in Vivint Arena when the new season starts next month. There will be a reduced seating capacity of 1,500 people in the lower bowl of the building, along with limited seating at the suite level. All seating will be socially distanced, and safety measures have been adopted throughout the arena in conjunction with the Utah Department of Health. No fans will be permitted at preseason games. Read more here.Christian Wood was one of the first documented positive cases for COVID-19 within the NBA. He was said to be asymptomatic at the time, but apparently things didn’t go that smoothly for him. The Ringer’s Yaron Weitzman published a story on Tuesday about Wood. In the story, Wood said that at first he only really had cold symptoms. But then things got bad. "It felt like I had the flu but 100 times worse,” Wood told Weitzman. “For a second, it felt like I was about to die." Read more here.