Brooklyn Nets center DeAndre Jordan has ruled himself out of the season’s resumption in Orlando, Florida, after testing positive for the coronavirus, and teammate Spencer Dinwiddie is “strongly considering” doing the same, sources told ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski.
“Found out last night and confirmed again today that I’ve tested positive for Covid while being back in market,” Jordan posted to Twitter on Monday evening. “As a result of this, I will not be in Orlando for the resumption of the season.”
Found out last night and confirmed again today that I’ve tested positive for Covid while being back in market. As a result of this, I will not be in Orlando for the resumption of the season.
— DeAndre Jordan (@DeAndre) June 30, 2020
The Nets will sign a substitute for Jordan, sources told Wojnarowski.
Dinwiddie told The Athletic earlier Monday that he was recently diagnosed with the virus and is not sure he will be able to participate when the season resumes.
“Over the past few months, I have been diligent about protecting myself and others from COVID-19 by following all designated protocol and quarantining,” Dinwiddie said in a statement. “I was ready and prepared to rejoin my teammates. … I flew private to return to New York, passed multiple COVID-19 tests over my first several days in New York and was able to participate in a couple practices within the first week.
“Originally, we were supposed to be one of the teams to enter into the Orlando bubble early, but training camp got switched back to New York and unfortunately I am now positive. 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.”
Dinwiddie said he will remain quarantined and reevaluate after 14 days.
The guard averaged 20.6 points, 6.8 assists and 3.5 rebounds for the 30-34 Nets, who were in seventh place in the East when the season was suspended. The Nets are one of the 22 NBA teams scheduled to resume games on July 30 in Orlando, Florida.
They Nets will also be without forward Wilson Chandler next month. Chandler informed the team that he is opting out of playing, he told ESPN’s Malika Andrews on Sunday.