Southeast Notes: Bryant, Hornets, Heat, Jones

Wizards big man Thomas Bryant, who previously tested positive for COVID-19, has reported to the NBA’s campus at Walt Disney World, the club announced today (via Twitter).

Bryant was part of a small group of Wizards players who didn’t initially travel with the team to Orlando last week. Gary Payton II also contracted the coronavirus, while Garrison Mathews‘ arrival was delayed due to a personal matter.

Now that he has reported to the Disney campus, Bryant will have to go through a brief quarantine period and undergo COVID-19 and physical testing before being cleared to practice with the Wizards.

Here’s more from around the Southeast:

  • The eight teams not involved in the NBA’s summer restart still aren’t permitted to conduct group workouts, but that didn’t stop Hornets players Devonte’ Graham, Miles Bridges, and Dwayne Bacon from playing 5-on-5 ball at a non-Hornets gym, according to Rick Bonnell of The Charlotte Observer. There’s no expectation that the league will fine those players, but it’s the latest indication that those bottom eight teams are anxious for some form of league-sanctioned offseason activities, writes Bonnell.
  • Heat forward Derrick Jones contracted COVID-19 in June, but was fortunate not to significantly affected by the virus, he told reporters on Tuesday. “I never felt a symptom at all,” Jones said, per Anthony Chiang of The Miami Herald. Jones also spoke about his desire to remain with Miami in free agency this fall. “I wouldn’t want to be on any other team,” he said. “I love it here.”
  • The Heat have shown interest in meeting with TCU prospect Desmond Bane, according to Barry Jackson of The Miami Herald. Bane, the No. 42 player on ESPN’s big board, is one of the top shooters in the 2020 draft class, having knocked down 43.3% of his three-point attempts in four college seasons.
  • Chase Hughes of NBC Sports Washington explores what the Wizards‘ starting lineup and rotation might look like with Bradley Beal and Davis Bertans not playing this summer.
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8 thoughts on “Southeast Notes: Bryant, Hornets, Heat, Jones

  1. Sillivan

    Teams that are good at draft picks
    Thunder
    Spurs
    Raptors
    Heat
    Warriors

    teams that are not good at it
    Knicks
    Suns
    Kings
    Cavs
    Rockets

    • harden-westbrook-mvps

      What good does it do when you draft an MVP three years in a row, but end up losing all three of them in their prime and getting almost nothing in return?

    • acarneglia

      Hornets suck at drafting too. Nuggets have made good picks like Melo, Jokic, Nurkic(traded him though), MPJ, Murray. And others

  2. x%sure

    Underrated: Rockets– they generally trade their picks but usually find something.

    Overrated: Warriors have not hit since 2012. The Spurs tend to bury their rookies; of late, White & Murray have PERs in the 15.5 range.

    IDK what you’re going by but that was not good.

  3. El Don

    Of course DJJ wants to stay in MIA… who on earth wouldn’t wanna live in the best city in the world! Even if the team sucked, you can’t beat living in MIA!

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