Spencer Dinwiddie and DeAndre Jordan, key members of the Nets, each stated on Monday night time that that they had examined constructive for the coronavirus since returning to Brooklyn for particular person exercises final week.
Jordan, who has bronchial asthma and has battled a number of instances of pneumonia in his 12-year profession, announced on Twitter that he would not participate in the N.B.A. restart, which is scheduled to start quickly at Walt Disney World close to Orlando, Fla.
Dinwiddie, who averaged 20.6 factors and 6.Eight assists per sport in what had been a breakout season, adopted up Jordan’s tweet with one of his personal, saying he still hoped to play in Florida however including that “unfortunately I have been one of the cases that has various symptoms.”
It was not instantly recognized if the Nets’ follow heart would stay open, which teammates and group workers members Jordan and Dinwiddie had labored with, or if the membership’s plans to take part in the N.B.A.’s 22-team return have been in jeopardy as a result of of the misplaced manpower. The Nets declined to touch upon Monday night time.
As lately as Friday, each Adam Silver, the N.B.A. commissioner, and Michele Roberts, the government director of the National Basketball Players Association, had expressed aid that solely 16 of a group of 302 N.B.A. players had tested positive for the coronavirus on June 23.
Provided that the Nets’ outbreak is an remoted case that doesn’t jeopardize the league’s comeback plans at giant, what’s clear is that the Nets wouldn’t be near full energy ought to they depart for Florida as scheduled on July 7. In addition to Jordan, two extra former All-Stars — Kevin Durant (Achilles’ tendon tear) and Kyrie Irving (shoulder surgical procedure) — are nonetheless rehabilitating from accidents and have each stated they’ll contemplate not enjoying even when they’re wholesome. The Nets additionally misplaced the rookie ahead Nicolas Claxton and the veteran ahead Wilson Chandler earlier than shedding Jordan and probably Dinwiddie.
Claxton had a season-ending operation on his left shoulder final week. Chandler elected over the weekend to not play, citing household causes and concern about the virus. The Nets have already signed the veteran guard Tyler Johnson and plan to signal Justin Anderson to interchange Chandler on Wednesday. The subsequent to be signed is more likely to be a giant man who can step in for Jordan.
The Nets, at 30-34, have been seventh in the Eastern Conference when the season was suspended on March 11 in response to the coronavirus outbreak. They are a half-game up on No. 8 Orlando and six video games up on 10th-seeded Washington. But the Wizards can power a play-in spherical for a playoff spot in the event that they end inside 4 video games of the eventual eighth seed in the East after each group performs eight video games.
A possible comfort for the Nets is the potential to retain their first-round choose in the Oct. 15 draft in the event that they miss the postseason. The choose would go to the Minnesota Timberwolves if the Nets held onto a playoff spot underneath interim coach Jacque Vaughn, whose first transfer after changing Kenny Atkinson on March 7 was shifting Jordan into the beginning lineup.