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Steve Nash Announces New Update On James Harden

James Harden on the court for the Brooklyn Nets during an NBA game.

NEW YORK, NEW YORK - JANUARY 16: James Harden #13 of the Brooklyn Nets dribbles during the first half against the Orlando Magic at Barclays Center on January 16, 2021 in the Brooklyn borough of New York City. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this Photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Sarah Stier/Getty Images)

The COVID-19 mess in Brooklyn took a step in the right direction with the return of one of the Nets' biggest stars.

On Thursday, head coach Steve Nash revealed that superstar shooting guard James Harden has been cleared from the NBA's health and safety protocols.

Harden became one of the many Nets players too test positive for the virus last week. Finding his way onto the COVID-19 list last Tuesday, the Brooklyn All Star missed three games before the team's most recent stretch of three postponed contests.

By returning today, Harden rejoins his team one day earlier than expected. Any player who tests positive for the virus must spend 10 days away from the team -- or return two negative PCR tests separated by 24 hours. Coming back on the ninth day, the assumption is that he achieved the latter.

With this news, the Nets could have at least one of their superstars for a marquee Christmas Day matchup against the Los Angeles Lakers. Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving are still in protocols after joining the list earlier this week.

Through 26 contests with Brooklyn this year, Harden is averaging 20.8 points, 9.6 assists and 7.9 rebounds per game.