Two more Nets test positive for COVID-19

Ross Houston
July 1, 2020

Brooklyn Nets center DeAndre Jordan announced that he has tested positive for COVID-19, and will sit out the team's return to action when the National Basketball Association restarts in Orlando.

"Found out last night and confirmed again today that I've tested positive for Covid while being back in market", Jordan wrote on Twitter. "I flew privately to NY, passed multiple COVID-19 tests over the my first several days in NY and was able to participate in a couple practices within the first week".

Players are due to travel to Florida for training camp in early July, and the teams will play games without fans in a "bubble" created to shield players and team staff from the outside world. "Given that I have experienced symptoms, including fever and chest tightness, it is unclear on whether or not I'll be able to participate in Orlando", said Dinwiddie in a statement on Monday.

In March, four Nets tested positive for the coronavirus, with injured star forward Kevin Durant confirming he was one of the quartet.

Durant revealed earlier this month that he would not be participating in the restart due to his ongoing recovery from an Achilles injury suffered during the 2019 NBA Finals as a member of the Golden State Warriors.

Forward Wilson Chandler told ESPN on Sunday that he opted out of the season's restart, citing family concerns. His scoring average ranks second among Brooklyn players behind only Kyrie Irving, who underwent season-ending shoulder surgery in early March.

Brooklyn Nets standout guard Spencer Dinwiddie has been diagnosed with the coronavirus, he told The Athletic on Monday. As of right now, the Celtics are the third seed, three games behind the Toronto Raptors, but the two teams will play each other one more time and a Boston win would give them the tiebreaker. He could see increased playing time when the season resumes. Currently, they are the league's second-best rebounding team (48.5 rebounds per game) with the fifth-best offensive rebounding number (10.8 per game). Teams won't start formal training camps until they arrive in Orlando in mid-July.

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