John Wall and DeMarcus Cousins will need to wait a little longer before they can make their much-awaited return on an NBA floor for a regular-season game. According to Shams Charania of The Athletic, the two newly-acquired Houston Rockets players, along with Eric Gordon, and Mason Jones, will need to undergo 7-day quarantines before they can return to the lineup.

The four will miss their upcoming games against the Portland Trail Blazers on Saturday, and the Denver Nuggets on Monday. Shams reports that they should finally be able to make their regular-season debut against the Sacramento Kings next Thursday.

The Rockets were supposed to tip-off their season last Dec. 23 against the Oklahoma City Thunder. However, a couple of players tested positive for COVID-19, and others including Wall and Cousins received the mandatory quarantine that forced the league to postpone the season opener for the squads. Furthermore, disgruntled superstar guard James Harden reportedly violated the league's COVID-19 protocols. These factors contributed to Houston not being able to field enough players to play against the Thunder.

Nevertheless, this development must be a bummer for both Cousins and Wall. It's been over a year since the two former All-Stars have played in an official regular-season setting as they both missed the entire 2019-20 campaign.

In fact, John Wall, then with the Washington Wizards, last played a regular-season game on Dec. 26, 2018, a little over two years ago, so he must be itching to finally return to the floor. Meanwhile, DeMarcus Cousins last played in Game 6 of the 2019 NBA Finals as a part of the Golden State Warriors. Hopefully, the two former Kentucky Wildcats, who will reunite as teammates in H-Town, can stay healthy for the rest of the season when they do finally hit the floor and make their Rockets debuts next Thursday.

The Rockets acquired John Wall earlier this month via a trade with the Wizards. DeMarcus Cousins, on the other hand, signed a one-year deal with the Rockets after a stint with the Los Angeles Lakers.