Nikola Jokic Tests Positive for COVID-19, Two Suns Players Test Positive
As the NBA begins to roll out its testing, NBA teams are aware that a number of players will inevitably test positive for the novel coronavirus.
In the coming days, more names will be announced as testing increases, but ultimately, the goal is to quarantine all positive players that are expected to play in Orlando, assuring everyone arrives to the bubble city healthy. The NBA will also conduct testing multiple times a week through the final few regular season games and postseason.
Early today, Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN reported that Denver Nuggets star Nikola Jokic has tested positive for coronavirus while still in Serbia, which will delay his return to the United States. Jokic, who was seen on video alongside tennis superstar Novak Djokovic (who also tested positive for the virus), has been asymptomatic and is expected to return to Denver within the next week.
Reporting with @WindhorstESPN: Nuggets star Nikola Jokic tested positive for the coronavirus in Serbia and his return to the U.S. is temporarily delayed. He’s been asymptomatic since testing positive last week. Jokic is expected to be cleared to travel to Denver within a week.
— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) June 23, 2020
Along with Jokic, to unnamed Phoenix Suns players have reportedly tested positive for coronavirus. The Suns are slated to play in the bubble city as a non-playoff team. Separately, an undisclosed Western Conference playoff team has had four players test positive this past week.
Again, as testing ramps up this week for NBA players, more names will come up testing positive for COVID-19. That is to be expected, and teams will use this time to quarantine its players before transitioning to Orlando.