Four members of the Brooklyn Nets, reportedly including Kevin Durant, have tested positive for the coronavirus, the team announced.
Shams Charania of The Athletic reported that Durant, who has yet to play for the Nets while he recovers from a torn Achilles after signing with Brooklyn in the off-season, is among the four.
Kevin Durant tested positive for coronavirus, Durant tells @TheAthleticNBA @Stadium. Durant says he is feeling fine: "Everyone be careful, take care of yourself and quarantine. We're going to get through this."— Shams Charania (@ShamsCharania) March 17, 2020
ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski was first to report the positive tests.
Organization says it's notifying anyone who has had known contact with the players, including recent opponents. All Nets players and traveling party have been told to remain isolated. https://t.co/YG3WTQU1cS— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) March 17, 2020
Neither the team nor Wojnarowski identified the players who had tested positive.
Among those recent opponents were the Boston Celtics, who played the Nets at TD Garden on March 3, losing 129-120 in overtime. The Celtics were also a recent opponent of the Utah Jazz, whose center Rudy Gobert, was the first NBA player to test positive for the virus, which led to the NBA to suspend its season and, subsequently, the suspension of all major sports seasons.
The Celtics played the Jazz three days before the Nets. After the NBA suspended its season on March 11, the Celtics said in a statement that it was unlikely that anyone from the team came into contact with infected Jazz players Gobert and teammate Donovan Mitchell while they were contagious.
Celtics players were told to self-quarantine last weekend, at which time all players and staff that came into contact with the Jazz players were tested for the coronavirus, or more specifically, COVID-19. The players, like the rest of the country, have continued to stay in their homes this week.
None of the Celtics had been showing symptoms, Chris Mannix of Sports Illustrated reported last week.
The Nets said in a statement that one of the four players is “is exhibiting symptoms while three are asymptomatic. All four players are presently isolated and under the care of team physicians.”