A concern about the coronavirus pandemic continues all over the world and the sports world is no different.
Reports surfaced Tuesday from Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN, that Denver Nuggets center Nikola Jokic tested positive for the coronavirus in Serbia. According to the report, Jokic’s return to the US to start practicing with the Nuggets has now been delayed. Jokic reportedly tested positive last week and has been asymptomatic. The expectation is, he will be cleared to travel to Denver within a 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
The Nuggets currently sit in the third spot out West with a 43-22 record behind the Lakers and Clippers.
Wojnarowski also reported earlier in the day that one Western Conference playoff team had four positive tests of COVID-19 over the past few weeks.
As coronavirus testing for players heading to Orlando starts today, teams are bracing for significant numbers of positive tests. One Western Conference playoff team had four positives in past few weeks, per sources. Full training camps start on July 11 at Disney.— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) June 23, 2020
On Tuesday, teams were to report to their team's facilities with testing protocols put in place before each of the 22 teams travel to Orlando starting on July 7 with full training camps set to begin July 11.
Players have until Wednesday, June 24th to inform teams whether or not they will be returning once the season officially restarts.
As of right now, the Trail Blazers only player to opt out of returning to play in Orlando is starting small forward Trevor Ariza.
Ariza is committing to a one-month visitation window with his 12-year-old son instead of joining the Blazers to restart the season in the Orlando ‘bubble’.
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