LOS ANGELES — Lakers guard Dennis Schroder tested negative for COVID-19, but he will be out at least a week because of potential exposure to the virus through contact tracing, sources told ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski.
Lakers coach Frank Vogel said Saturday the team has a “more firm timeline” on Schroder, who will be sidelined an additional three games after being a late scratch in Thursday’s loss to the Brooklyn Nets because of the league’s health and safety protocols. He missed Saturday’s 96-94 loss to the Miami Heat and will also be out Monday versus the Washington Wizards and Wednesday at the Utah Jazz.
Schroder will be in seven-day quarantine during that time, sources told Wojnarowski.
L.A. hopes to have Schroder back in the lineup on Friday against the Portland Trail Blazers.
Schroder has started 29 games for the Lakers this season, averaging 14.2 points, 4.3 assists and 3.6 rebounds.
Wesley Matthews started in Schroder’s place against the Heat and had 10 points, eight rebounds and one assist.
Schroder is only the third Lakers player held out of action due to the health and safety protocols this season, joining Alex Caruso and Alfonzo McKinnie. L.A. is one of a handful of teams to not have any games postponed because of COVID-19, with more than a third of the season already complete.