Northwest Notes: Jokic, Dort, Osbourne, McCollum

Nuggets All-Star center Nikola Jokic did not join the team on its flight to Orlando on Tuesday due to COVID-19 testing protocols, Mike Singer of the Denver Post tweets. Jokic, who contracted the novel coronavirus in Serbia, needed two negative tests there and two more in the U.S. before he could join his teammates. Jokic had two negative tests in Serbia but a tight timeline prevented him from meeting those standards, according to ESPN’s Ohm Youngmisuk. Jokic can head to Orlando once he passes all those tests.

We have more from the Northwest Division:

  • Luguentz Dort wasn’t sure he’d receive a multi-year deal from the Thunder until shortly before the agreement was reached, Joe Mussatto of The Oklahoman writes. Dort had his two-way contract converted into a standard four-year, $5.4MM deal late last month. “I had conversations with my agent and everything, but nothing was actually like 100% sure,” Dort said of the negotiations. “It was still unsure until these past couple weeks … and then it happened.”
  • Trail Blazers assistant coach Dale Osbourne did not travel with the team to Orlando, Dan Sheldon of NBC Sports Northwest tweets. No additional details were provided by coach Terry Stotts. Osbourne has been on Stotts’ staff for eight seasons.
  • CJ McCollum believes the Trail Blazers can snare the eighth and final playoff spot in the Western Conference, according to Jason Quick of The Athletic. Portland enters the restart 3.5 games behind Memphis, which currently has the eighth-best conference record. “I think we have as good a chance as anyone,” McCollum said. “It’s as healthy as we’ve been in a long time … I think we have as good of chance as any of the teams going for that eighth (spot).”
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9 thoughts on “Northwest Notes: Jokic, Dort, Osbourne, McCollum

      • ThePeople'sElbow

        do any of Sillivan’s sentences make sense? dude easily has the worst syntax and grammar I’ve ever seen. mostly posting non sequitor unintelligible gobbledygook. They must either be drunk, english is their second language or both.

  1. KnickerbockerAl

    Blazers healthy do have shot. This is definitely a fight for 8th seed. Pels, Blazers definitely have a shot. Kings have virus cases , so. Still Grizz have to be favored. Their first 2 gms will tell a lot.

    • harden-westbrook-mvps

      The Blazers and Pelicans are both 3.5 games behind Memphis, so if either of them win as many games as the Grizzlies that would force a play-in.

      The first game Memphis plays is against Portland while their 3rd game is against New Orleans. Those are both going to be key games.

    • the dude

      Kings Corona cases were early, they are going in full strength plus Corey Brewer and a healthy Bagley. They were on a roll before the shutdown too, like they wanted redemption for that time they got oofed against the Lakers.

  2. Luckylefty2

    Dort should fire his agent. I thought they stopped giving those type of deals since hinkie left.

    • DynamiteAdams

      He’s not that good. Plus some guys like the security especially due to recent events.

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