Spencer Dinwiddie and also also also DeAndre Jordan, key members of the Nets, both said on Monday night of which they had tested positive for the coronavirus since returning to Brooklyn for individual workouts last week.
Jordan, who has asthma and also also also has battled multiple cases of pneumonia in his 12-year career, announced on Twitter of which he could not participate inside the N.B.A. restart, which is usually scheduled to begin soon at Walt Disney World near Orlando, Fla.
Dinwiddie, who averaged 20.6 points and also also also 6.8 assists per game in what had been a breakout season, followed up Jordan’s tweet with one of his own, saying he still hoped to play in Florida although adding of which “unfortunately I have been one of the cases of which has various symptoms.”
A Nets spokesman said Tuesday morning of which the team’s practice facility had been re-opened after a brief closure, although of which is usually unclear which teammates and also also also team staff members Jordan and also also also Dinwiddie had worked with — or if the club was reconsidering its plans to participate inside the N.B.A.’s 22-team return because of the lost manpower. General Manager Sean Marks and also also also the Nets’ interim coach, Jacque Vaughn, are scheduled to speak to reporters Wednesday.
As recently as Friday, both Adam Silver, the N.B.A. commissioner, and also also also Michele Roberts, the executive director of the National Basketball Players Association, had expressed relief of which only 16 of a group of 302 N.B.A. players had tested positive for the coronavirus on June 23.
Provided of which the Nets’ outbreak is usually an isolated case of which does not jeopardize the league’s comeback plans at large, what’s clear is usually of which the Nets could not be close to full strength should they leave for Florida as scheduled on July 7. In addition to Jordan, two more former All-Stars — Kevin Durant (Achilles’ tendon tear) and also also also Kyrie Irving (shoulder surgery) — are still rehabilitating through injuries and also also also have both said they will consider not playing even if they are healthy. The Nets also lost the rookie forward Nicolas Claxton and also also also the veteran forward Wilson Chandler before losing Jordan and also also also potentially Dinwiddie.
Claxton had a season-ending operation on his left shoulder last week. Chandler elected over the weekend not to play, citing family reasons and also also also concern about the virus. The Nets have already signed the veteran guard Tyler Johnson and also also also plan to sign Justin Anderson to replace Chandler on Wednesday. The next to be signed is usually likely to be a big man who can step in for Jordan.
The Nets, at 30-34, were seventh inside the Eastern Conference when the season was suspended on March 11 in response to the coronavirus outbreak. They are a half-game up on No. 8 Orlando and also also also six games up on 10th-seeded Washington. although the Wizards can force a play-in round for a playoff spot if they finish within four games of the eventual eighth seed inside the East after every team plays eight games.
A potential consolation for the Nets is usually the ability to retain their first-round pick inside the Oct. 15 draft if they miss the postseason. The pick could go to the Minnesota Timberwolves if the Nets held onto a playoff spot under interim coach Jacque Vaughn, whose first move after replacing Kenny Atkinson on March 7 was moving Jordan into the starting lineup.