Brooklyn Nets star DeAndre Jordan to miss National Basketball Association restart

Tanya Simon
July 2, 2020

Teams won't start formal training camps until they arrive in Orlando in mid-July.

The already-depleted Brooklyn Nets continue to lose players ahead of the NBA's restart in July. Hours later, Jordan tweeted his diagnosis.

If they can't, Brooklyn will have to face Giannis Antetokounmpo and the Milwaukee Bucks.

Back in March, superstar forward Kevin Durant and three other as-yet-unidentified Nets tested positive for COVID, but all four have since made full recoveries, according to team management.

"Found out last night and confirmed again today that I've tested positive for Covid while being back in market", Jordan wrote on Twitter. Some players left the city, which was a hot spot at the time, after the National Basketball Association halted play. But Dinwiddie flew to NY recently for individual training and has just received his diagnosis.

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Wilson Chandler announced that he would not return this season and Brooklyn also cut Theo Pinson. The team will also be without great rookie man Nic Claxton, who is out after shoulder surgery. The 2016 U.S. Olympic gold medalist spent most of the season as a reserve but had moved into the starting lineup at center for both games after Jacque Vaughn replaced Kenny Atkinson as coach in March. He could see increased playing time when the season resumes. "I was ready and prepared to meet with my teammates as we were going to be an early entry team on the season restart".

Dinwiddie said he tested negative for the virus multiple times after returning to Brooklyn and took part in a couple practices. "Unfortunately, I have been one of the cases that has various symptoms", 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 told The Athletic he will remain in quarantine and be re-evaluated in 14 days.

Dinwiddie emerged as an All-Star candidate in the absence of Irving this season. In fact, the Nets have a better record without Irving.

Jordan - who was averaging 8 points and 10 boards a game this season - isn't the only BK star who recently came down with the virus.

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