Here is what has happened over the last couple of weeks in the NBA:JUNE 16It was reported Wednesday that Phoenix Suns star Chris Paul was placed in the NBA's health and safety protocols. At the time, it was unknown whether or not he tested positive for the coronavirus. Later in the day, John Gambadoro of Arizona Sports 98.7 FM reported that Paul did test positive for COVID-19. The 36-year-old received the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine in February, per Gambadoro. Paul will be sidelined indefinitely, and his status for the Western Conference Finals is unclear. According to The Athletic's Shams Charania, the isolation period for a vaccinated individual could be shorter than an unvaccinated individual. Read more here.JUNE 12This year’s condensed season offered little time to rest between games and was played under the threat of pandemic postponements, but the consensus among players and coaches is that it was much easier than the resumption last summer in Orlando, writes Mark Medina of USA Today. Read more here.JUNE 10The NBA’s 2021-22 regular season will tip off on Oct. 19, reports Shams Charania of The Athletic. In addition, training camps begin Sept. 28, the playoffs start April 16, 2022, the NBA Finals tip off Jun 2 and the 2022 draft will take place June 23. Read more here.JUNE 3The Jazz announced Thursday morning that they’ll increase attendance at Vivint Arena to its full 18,306 person capacity for round two of the playoffs, the largest NBA crowd of any game this season, writes Ryan McDonald of the Deseret News. The arena will limit some lower-bowl attendance around the team benches but will make up for it with increased standing room only capacity. Masks will still be mandatory. Read more here.JUNE 2The NBA and NBPA announced Wednesday in a press release that out of the 278 players tested for COVID-19 since May 26, none returned a new positive confirmed test. Read more here..MAY 26Of the 337 NBA players who have been tested for COVID-19 since May 19, none have returned a new positive confirmed test, the league and the players’ union announced Wednesday in a press release. Read more here.MAY 24On Saturday, it was reported that LeBron James violated protocols by attending a promotional event last week. However, James was not suspended or required to isolate. Still, some felt that the NBA had gone easy on James by not placing him in protocols with the playoffs looming. In an apparent effort to respond to that skepticism, the NBA issued a statement stating that medical experts determined that the event James attended did not create a risk of spreading COVID-19. In addition, the league said that a number of similar violations during the season were handled the same way, a clear rebuttal to the theory that James received preferential treatment. Read more here.MAY 22According to ESPN's Dave McMenamin, an NBA spokesperson said that James violated the league's health and safety protocols earlier this week. The four-time NBA champion attended a promotional event for a tequila he has invested in. The event took place before the Lakers played the Golden State Warriors in the play-in tournament. Read more here.Furthermore, despite LeBron violating protocols, ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski reported that there would be no suspension forthcoming. Read more here.As the CDC continues to loosen restrictions for those who are fully vaccinated, the NBA is following in its footsteps. According to The Athletic's Shams Charania, coaches who are fully vaccinated are no longer required to wear facemasks while coaching games. Read more here.MAY 21During last year's playoffs in the Orlando bubble, Los Angeles Clippers star Paul George admitted he battled bouts of depression. This season, his mental health is in a much better place. As George and the Clippers prepare to face the Dallas Mavericks in the playoffs, he says his mental health is better than it was entering the playoffs last season. Read more here.Many NBA teams are announcing loosened restrictions on fan attendance, with some even moving toward near-capacity crowds by the end of the first round of the playoffs. That has CJ McCollum quite jealous. The Portland Trail Blazers were among the last to lift restrictions, and Moda Center remains limited to 10 percent capacity as of Friday. That’s frustrating for McCollum, who prodded the Blazers to loosen restrictions in response to Boston doing so. Read more here.MAY 19There has been talk for the past year that the NBA could expand to new cities in order to help recoup some of the revenue that was lost during the pandemic, and it sounds like that is going to happen. Michael Grange of Sportsnet reported this week that it is “widely believed” that the NBA is planning to expand to 32 teams. The league has not added a franchise since the Charlotte Bobcats in 2004, but expansion talks seem to have accelerated in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic. Grange added that it is “almost a given” that Seattle would be the home of one of the teams, as the arena issues that forced the SuperSonics to leave for Oklahoma City in 2008 have since been resolved. Las Vegas has been mentioned as a potential spot for the second team. Read more here.Toronto Raptors president Masai Ujiri is hopeful the team will be back home next season after playing the entire 2020-21 season in Tampa due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Ujiri also said that the Raptors were at a significant disadvantage this season, according to The Athletic's Eric Koreen, due to relocation and a COVID-19 outbreak that halted the team's momentum prior to the All-Star break. Ujiri added "there's a lot of work" to be done to strengthen the NBA's relationship with the Raptors, which is the only Canadian team in the league. Read more here.The NBA and NBPA announced Wednesday in a press release that one player registered a new confirmed positive COVID-19 test in the week since May 12. A total of 496 players were tested during that time, according to the league and players’ union. After three straight weeks of multiple positive coronavirus tests around the league, this is the second consecutive week the NBA has reported just one positive test among players. Read more here.After being canceled in 2020 due to the coronavirus pandemic, the NBA Las Vegas Summer League will be held from August 8-17 this year, a source tells Sam Gordon of the Las Vegas Review-Journal. Read more here.MAY 18Pacers guard Caris LeVert is out vs. the Hornets in the play-in tournament due to landing in the health and safety protocols, and he is expected to be sidelined for multiple games if Indiana advances. Read more here.MAY 15Hornets forward Miles Bridges has been cleared to return from health and safety protocols, the team announced. Read more here.MAY 14The NBA and its players union are considering changes to the league’s health and safety protocols after an announcement this week from the Centers for Disease Control, tweets Shams Charania of The Athletic. The CDC issued a statement Thursday that “fully vaccinated people can resume activities without wearing a mask or physically distancing, except where required by federal, state, local, tribal, or territorial laws, rules, and regulations, including local business and workplace guidance.” Read more here.Lakers guard Dennis Schröder has cleared the NBA’s health and safety protocols, tweets Dave McMenamin of ESPN. Schröder will be eligible to play in the final two games of L.A.’s regular season — Saturday at Indiana and Sunday at New Orleans — but coach Frank Vogel hasn’t decided whether to use him. 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.