New York, Jun 29.- Brooklyn Nets center DeAndre Jordan reported Monday that he tested positive for the coronavirus and will not be with the team when league competition resumes next month in the Orlando “bubble” ( Florida).
“I found out last night and confirmed again today that I tested positive for COVID-19 while returning to the competition,” Jordan wrote on Twitter. “As a result of this, I will not be in Orlando for the resumption of the season.”
Jordan’s agent with Excel Sports also informed the administration of the team and the NBA on Monday of the decision of his client.
Jordan and his partner, point guard Spencer Dinwiddie, tested positive for COVID-19, although the second has not yet been ruled out of his presence in Orlando with the Nets, according to information offered tonight by various local media outlets.
Another Nets player who has already anticipated that he will not be in Orlando either was guard-forward Wilson Chandler, who on Sunday argued that he had family matters that required his presence.
Even before these positive tests, some Nets players, like others on various NBA teams, discussed the possibility of not restarting the competition in Orlando.
As the Nets lose more players, it may be easier for other key players to decide that there is no compelling competitive reason to travel and play.
Injuries due to injury from the stars, forward Kevin Durant, and point guard Kyrie Irving, have left the Nets with few options to fight to go far in the Eastern Conference playoffs, where they are now seventh with a 30-34 losing record. , half a game ahead of the Orlando Magic, who are eighth.
The Nets are one of 22 NBA teams scheduled to resume games on July 30 in Orlando, Florida.
The Brooklyn team has not organized group trainings at its New York facilities for several days, according to the same news sources.
NBA regulations require that the team’s current workouts in the markets be socially distanced and do not include any contact between players.
Teams will not start formal training camps until they arrive in Orlando in mid-July.
Teams are required to submit rosters of eligible players to the NBA on Wednesday of this week.
The Nets are signing free agent Justin Anderson as Chandler’s substitute player, agent Mark Bartelstein of Priority Sports told ESPN.
News sources also reported that the Nets plan to sign a substitute for Jordan and the same would happen if Dinwiddie ultimately decides not to be in Orlando, as the NBA has established in its rules of the game and safety protocols during the coronavirus pandemic.