Nets point guard Spencer Dinwiddie announced Monday he has tested positive for the coronavirus and is uncertain to join the team in Florida for next month’s restart of the NBA season.
Dinwiddie disclosed his diagnosis in an interview with The Athletic and added that he has experienced symptoms related to COVID-19. Per NBA medical protocols that have been established during the restart run-up, he will be put into quarantine for at least 10 days and must pass at least two retests before being permitted to rejoin his club.
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“Originally, (the Nets) were supposed to be one of the teams to enter the Orlando bubble early, but training camp got switched back to New York and unfortunately I am now positive,” he said. “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 had planned on playing when the Nets resume their season July 31 at the Walt Disney World Complex. He said he initially tested negative for the virus after returning to New York to take part in workouts.
“I was ready and prepared to rejoin my teammates as we were to be an early entry team in the resumed season,” Dinwiddie said. “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 of practices within the first week.”
Prior to the season’s stoppage on March 11, Dinwiddie was averaging career highs of 20.6 points and 6.8 assists per game to help the Nets maintain a playoff spot in the Eastern Conference despite injuries to Kyrie Irving and Kevin Durant. Brooklyn enters the restart seventh in the East and six games ahead of the ninth-place Wiz ards.
Neither Durant nor Irving are expected to return this season, and center DeAndre Jordan announced Monday on Twitter that he will sit out the restart after testing positive. ESPN reported Sunday that forward Wilson Chandler informed the Nets he will not take part in the restart because of health and family reasons.
It is unclear whether Dinwiddie is among the 16 unidentified players the NBA announced last week were positive for COVID-19 during preliminary testing for the season’s resumption. Other players who have either revealed they tested positive or reportedly done so include Nuggets All-Star Nikola Jokic, Pacers guard Malcolm Brogdon, Heat forward Derrick Jones Jr. and three Kings – Buddy Hield, Jabari Parker and Alex Len.