Nets guard Spencer Dinwiddie announced on Monday that he had tested positive for the coronavirus and is unsure of joining the team in Florida for next month's NBA season restart.
Dinwiddie released his diagnosis in an interview with The Athletic and added that he had symptoms related to COVID-19. Under NBA medical protocols that were established during the restart period, he will be quarantined for at least 10 days and must undergo at least two retests before he can return to the club.
"Originally, (the Nets) was supposed to be one of the teams to enter the Orlando bubble early, but the training ground was moved back to New York and, unfortunately, I am now positive," he said. "Given that I experienced symptoms, including fever and chest tightness, it is not clear whether or not I will attend Orlando."
Dinwiddie planned to play when the Nets resumed their season on July 31 at the Walt Disney World Complex. He said he initially tested negative for the virus after returning to New York to participate in exercise.
"I was ready and prepared to join my teammates as we would be an early entry team in the restarted season," said Dinwiddie. "I flew in private to return to New York, passed several COVID-19 tests in my early days in New York and was able to participate in some practices in the first week."
Before the season's stoppage on March 11, Dinwiddie was averaging 20.6 points and 6.8 assists per game to help the Nets maintain a playoff in the Eastern Conference, despite injuries from Kyrie Irving and Kevin Durant. Brooklyn enters the restart in seventh in the East and six games ahead of the ninth place in Wiz.
Durant and Irving are not expected to return this season, and the center of DeAndre Jordan announced Monday on Twitter that he will be left out of the restart after testing positive. ESPN reported sunday striker Wilson Chandler informed Nets that he will not participate in the restart for health and family reasons.
It is unclear whether Dinwiddie is among the 16 unidentified players the NBA announced last week were positive for COVID-19 during preliminary tests for the resumption of the season. Other players who have reportedly tested positive or reportedly did so include Nikola Jokic, Nuggets All-Star, Malcolm Brogdon, Pacers goalkeeper, Derrick Jones Jr., Heat striker and three kings – Buddy Hield, Jabari Parker and Alex Len.