DeAndre Jordan Tests Positive for COVID-19; Will Not Join Nets in Orlando

John Healy
June 29, 2020 - 10:18 pm

The NBA’s restart plan is already having players drop out due to coronavirus.

On Monday night, Brooklyn Nets forward DeAndre Jordan revealed that he is confirmed positive for COVID-19 and will be opting out of the resumed season in Orlando.

Jordan’s teammate, Spencer Dinwiddie, also tested positive and is “strongly considering” the same, according to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski.

Per ESPN’s Rachel Nichols, Jordan and Dinwiddie will psend the next two weeks in isolation regardless if they were going to Orlando, and added that both tested positive only after returning to New York for training camp.

The Nets, who are the seventh seed in the Eastern Conference, could possibly be facing a potential return without Kevin Durant, Kyrie Irving, Wilson Chandler, Jordan and Dinwiddie.

Durant and Irving are not returning so they could recover from injuries while Chandler had opted not to play for safety reasons.

Four Nets players, including Durant, had tested positive for coronavirus back in March shortly after the NBA suspended its season after Utah Jazz center Rudy Gobert tested positive upon the outbreak of the disease in the United States.

The NBA has spent months configuring a plan to restart the season in the safest way possible, which will resume July 30 in Orlando.

However, coronavirus cases continue to spike across the United States, and Florida in particular.

NBA Commissioner Adam Silver reassured the league was comfortable moving forward with the bubble in Orlando during a conference call on Friday, but acknowledged that if there were a significant spread within the bubble it could result in stopping the NBA season again.

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