DeAndre Jordan Tests Positive For Coronavirus, Won’t Go To Orlando

Nets center DeAndre Jordan has tested positive for COVID-19 and will not join the team for the league’s restart in Orlando, he tweeted on Monday night.

Jordan said he learned of the positive test on Sunday evening and it was confirmed on Monday.

The news on Jordan is another huge blow for the Nets. High-scoring guard Spencer Dinwiddie revealed on Monday he had tested positive with symptoms and is unsure whether he’ll participate in the restart.

Brooklyn’s roster has been decimated by injuries, defections, and positive coronavirus tests. Superstars Kevin Durant (Achilles) and Kyrie Irving (shoulder) won’t participate. Nicolas Claxton is also injured, while Wilson Chandler has decided to sit out for family reasons.

Teams can sign substitute players to replace those who voluntarily opt out or contract the coronavirus, so Chandler and Jordan are eligible to be replaced, but injured players like Durant, Irving, and Claxton aren’t. Brooklyn is signing Justin Anderson to replace Chandler; the team will also add a substitute player in place of Jordan, tweets ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski.

Durant was one of four Nets players to test positive for COVID-19 shortly after the suspension of play in March.

After signing a multi-year contract with the Nets last offseason, Jordan averaged 8.3 PPG and 10.0 RPG in 56 games while splitting time at center with Jarrett Allen. Under new head coach Jacque Vaughn, Jordan took Allen’s spot in the starting lineup right before the season was suspended in March.

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28 thoughts on “DeAndre Jordan Tests Positive For Coronavirus, Won’t Go To Orlando

    • MoneyBallJustWorks

      snowflakes? to a pandemic that has killed over a half million people in 8 months, most of which are in developed nations.

      I guess caring for oneself, family and others makes people soft. that should be the slogan of the US military then. Just a bunch of snowflakes protecting the world.

        • bedbathandbiyombo

          jeeeez. goldenjabs, please don’t be rude. there’s no need to resort to name-calling. I’m sure all players who opt out have their reasons. I’m just thankful to have any NBA! and I’m thankful for all of the steps they’re taking to maximize safety.

      • bballblk

        All he really meant was COVID would present little to no risk for NBA players or most of their immediate families due to their ages and health, which is almost certainly true. I’m NOT saying that it’s not a serious issue and a life-threatening disease to millions of individuals around the country and globe, but I personally haven’t met anyone who has had COVID that has had anything beyond no symptoms or mild symptoms, and some of those people included “high-risk” individuals. There’s no one with a better recovery outlook than an elite-conditioned NBA player or other professional athlete.

        • hiflew

          What about the coaches or referees or cameramen or anyone else that is not a player? It’s not just elite athletes that will be there. And a lot of those people don’t have the bank accounts to be able to say no I’m not going to work.

          And you are also forgetting that there have been people that were not in the high risk category that didn’t die, but they have suffered long term effects. What is going happen if one of those elite athletes contracts the disease and loses a foot or develops a chronic lung condition or anything else that we might not be fully aware of as of yet.

          I’m not saying the season shouldn’t restart, but let’s not pretend that there is no risk just because these are elite athletes.

          • MoneyBallJustWorks

            thank you. someone who actually understands it takes more than just “elite athletes” to have pro sports.

  1. harden-westbrook-mvps

    To quote Pvt. Hudson from Aliens: That’s it, man. Game over, man. Game over!

    The best they can hope for now is for Washington to force a play-in for the #8 seed.

    • harden-westbrook-mvps

      Dinwiddie (maybe), LeVert, Joe Harris, Prince, Tyler Johnson, Temple, Jarrett Allen, TLC, Musa, and Kurucs. That’s about it.

  2. Cancel it…and start new season in october…its to dangerous for them and their familys too

        • L Lawliet

          Also you can just move on withbthe off season and draft. That way you get rid of the opting out of the return.

      • Maybe yes maybe no.if yes let start in october.if no, then everybody must stay at home…i love to watching nba,but not now.hope jesus bless us and take this virus ASAP

    • Afk711

      This season is finishing in October LOL. It won’t be any more or less dangerous then. Lets not leave the house until nothing bad happens!

  3. x%sure

    Positive tests now do not really affect the team’s fate in resumption. He will get over it

  4. Skip, Tampa

    Yes it should be taken very seriously. It is not a world ender, Yet.
    No one knows if it’s better in October.
    No play now, no CBA on September 1st. Maybe a short season next year anyway.

  5. Reflect

    The Nets might as well just send their G League team to Orlando instead. Between injuries and opt outs they have no one.

  6. KnickerbockerAl

    Really the Nets ???? What the ???? Where they gonna do. Denver is one hit hardest. They had a real chance. Yo this thing can hurt kids with asthma. People with diabetes or bad kidneys. Who had cancer or bad immune systems. It’s serous, they could bring home and kill these people. I can’t understand any rich person being out. When they can have everything brought to them. You’ll need to look up what Pandemic means. If they don’t follow a strict protocol. There will be no season. Simple as that. This is what happens when you make a virus political. Instead of joining forces to fight it. Wear a freakin mask and think of others. Stay safe

  7. Jeff Zanghi

    If he already has Corona Virus… why would he opt out of returning to the team in Orlando once he recovers? He’d be in the safest possible scenario – in that he already had the virus and (almost certainly) wouldn’t be able to catch it again. Doesn’t really make any sense for him to be sitting out the restart — other than that he just doesn’t want to…

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