The drama around the Houston Rockets continues. Due to the NBA's health and safety protocols, both John Wall and DeMarcus Cousins will miss the team's meeting with the Portland Trail Blazers on Saturday, per Tim McMahon of ESPN:

This comes after a group of Rockets players were allegedly getting haircuts together, in which both Kenyon Martin Jr. and Ben McLemore were present. Both have already tested positive for COVID-19. Because of the current guidelines, Wall and Cousins are prohibited to play on Saturday because of contact tracing.

Houston's first game of the 2020/21 season against OKC was already canceled on Wednesday because of the possible COVID outbreak. For now, just the two players have it, but it's unknown who may end up actually testing positive in the coming days.

James Harden was already fined $50,000 for breaking the NBA's COVID-19 rules after attending an event at a nightclub. The saga surrounding his desire to be traded continues to reach new heights, with the eight-time All-Star now making the Boston Celtics and Portland Trail Blazers desired destinations.

Aside from Cousins and Wall, Stephen Silas will also be without key bench player Eric Gordon on Saturday. The Rockets will certainly be shorthanded in their first contest of the season against a solid Portland team led by Damian Lillard and CJ McCollum.

However, Harden was supposed to quarantine until Christmas and could still be available for this contest, but it's not yet known.