Portland Trail Blazers

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This week, the NBA ramped up its voluntary workouts with more players participating at their own teams’ facilities. 

Tuesday, teams were required to begin coronavirus testing every other day for those players who are attending voluntary workouts.

The NBA and the National Basketball Players Association announced Friday that 16 players tested positive for the coronavirus in the first round of mandatory tests in which a total of 302 players were tested.

The NBA’s protocol states that any player who tested positive is to remain in self-isolation until he fulfills current public health protocols. A physician must also clear the player before he returns to practice with his team.

For all of the players who have opted in to return to play and will be traveling to Orlando, mandatory workouts are set to begin July 1. Teams will then travel to Florida from July 7-0 with training camps in the Orlando bubble to run from July 9 to 29 before play resumes.

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The player’s names that tested positive have not been disclosed.

 

Earlier in the week, it was reported that one Western Conference playoff team had four positive tests of COVID-19 over the past few weeks, while Pacers Malcolm Brogdon and Kings teammates Jabari Parker and Alex Len publicly acknowledged they recently tested positive. 

The NBA season is slated to resume on July 30 with the updated schedule reportedly being released later today at 4pm Pacific Time.