Nets' DeAndre Jordan Says He Tested Positive for COVID-19, Will Miss NBA Restart

Joseph Zucker@@JosephZuckerFeatured ColumnistJune 30, 2020

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Brooklyn Nets center DeAndre Jordan announced Monday he won't be traveling to Orlando, Florida, for the resumption of the 2019-20 NBA season after he tested positive for COVID-19.  

Earlier in the day, Nets guard Spencer Dinwiddie confirmed to The Athletic's Shams Charania he had tested positive. Dinwiddie said he was still unsure whether he'd be able to travel with his teammates to Walt Disney World Resort and participate in the resumed season.

Wilson Chandler also told Malika Andrews of ESPN he is opting out of the restart, saying "the health and well-being of my family has to come first."

The Nets were already going to be without Kyrie Irving and Kevin Durant. Irving underwent season-ending shoulder surgery in March, while Durant confirmed to The Undefeated's Marc J. Spears he has no intention of suiting up this year. Durant was also among four Nets players who tested positive for the coronavirus and were subsequently declared symptom-free in April.

The seventh-seeded Nets haven't qualified for the playoffs yet. The Washington Wizards are six games back, sitting in ninth place with eight seeding games to determine the postseason fields for the respective conferences.

With so many veterans now unavailable, Brooklyn could be in danger of falling out of the top eight.

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The National Women's Soccer League opened its Challenge Cup over the weekend, while the NBA is one of many leagues laying the groundwork for a return this summer.

Many have raised concerns over staging sporting events—even games without fans—while the number of COVID-19 cases climbs across the country. The World Health Organization has confirmed nearly 2.5 million cases and 125,318 deaths in the United States.

With the NBA beginning to test players prior to the restart, ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski reported June 23 that "teams are bracing for significant numbers of positive tests." One Western Conference team slated to travel to Orlando had registered four positive tests.

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