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  • Landry Shamet LAC SG
    Clippers' Landry Shamet: Tests positive for coronavirus
    9h ago

    Shamet has tested positive for coronavirus and is unlikely to travel with the Clippers to Orlando this week, Shams Charania of The Athletic reports.

    Shamet will need to self-quarantine and test negative twice before entering the bubble. It seems likely he'll be able to achieve that before the Clippers start their regular season again July 30 against the Lakers.

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  • Victor Oladipo IND SG
    Pacers' Victor Oladipo: Won't play in resumed season
    1d ago

    Oladipo (knee/quadriceps) will not participate in the resumption of the 2019-20 season in Orlando, Shams Charania of The Athletic reports. "With all the variables, from how I have to build my 5-on-5 workload back up, to the increased risk of a soft tissue injury which could delay my rehab, and the unknown exact set up of the bubble, I just can't get my mind to being fully comfortable in playing," said Oladipo. "Getting fully healthy for the 2020-21 season is the right decision for me." He will still join the Pacers in Orlando to rehab and support his teammates.

    This news is a huge blow for the Pacers, as Oladipo was just starting to look like his old self -- the version that was selected third-team All-NBA, first-team All-Defense and Most Improved Player in 2019 -- prior to this season's suspension. With Oladipo sidelined, the Pacers will have to rely more on depth options at guard and on the wing. That will likely mean more minutes for the likes of Aaron Holiday, T.J. McConnell and Justin Holiday.

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  • Al Horford PHI C
    76ers' Al Horford: Says time off beneficial
    1d ago

    Horford admitted his health "probably wasn't where he wanted [it] to be" so this season and that the time off has been beneficial, Rich Hofmann of The Athletic reports.

    Horford struggled at times during the season, shooting just 44.2 percent from the field, 33.7 percent from three and 75.3 percent from the charity stripe. It seems the hiatus has given the 34-year-old time to rest his body, and the Sixers are likely hoping he can rise to the level of play we saw out of him in Boston. Over 46 playoff games with the Celtics, he averaged 15.1 points on shooting splits of 53/43/81 plus 7.7 rebounds and 4.3 assists in 34.8 minutes.

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  • Jaren Jackson Jr. MEM PF
    Grizzlies' Jaren Jackson: Feels '110 percent'
    1d ago

    Jackson said he feels "110 percent" in recovery from his knee injury suffered against the Lakers in February and confirmed he will be playing in the bubble, Evan Barnes of The Memphis Commercial Appeal reports.

    As expected, Jackson is healthy and ready to go when the Grizzlies resume their season in Orlando. He missed Memphis' final nine games before the suspension of the season. Jackson is in the midst of a quality sophomore campaign, seeing 28.0 minutes per game and averaging 16.9 points on 13.0 shots, 4.7 rebounds, 1.6 blocks and 1.4 assists.

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  • Tyler Herro MIA SG
    Heat's Tyler Herro: Ankle feels '100 percent'
    1d ago

    Herro intimated that his ankle feels "100 percent" healthy following the four-month suspension of the season, Anthony Chiang of the Miami Herald reports.

    Herro was dealing with an ankle injury before the season stopped, missing 15 straight games from Feb. 5 through Mar. 8. The rookie has been a great three-point shooter, hitting 2.1 threes per game at 39.1 percent, helping fuel his 12.9 points per game.

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  • Vincent Poirier BOS C
    Celtics' Vincent Poirier: Taking paternity leave in September
    1d ago

    Poirier will take paternity leave for the birth of his child in September, and that will require leaving the NBA's bubble if the Celtics are still playing, Jared Weiss of The Athletic reports.

    The potential loss of Poirier during the playoffs shouldn't hurt the Celtics too much, unless unexpected depth is needed at center. Poirier has played just 114 total minutes for the Celtics, totaling 39 points, 34 rebounds, seven assists, six blocks and two steals.

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  • Al Horford PHI C
    76ers' Al Horford: Says time off beneficial
    1d ago

    Horford admitted his health "probably wasn't where he wanted [it] to be" so this season and that the time off has been beneficial, Rich Hofmann of The Athletic reports.

    Horford struggled at times during the season, shooting just 44.2 percent from the field, 33.7 percent from three and 75.3 percent from the charity stripe. It seems the hiatus has given the 34-year-old time to rest his body, and the Sixers are likely hoping he can rise to the level of play we saw out of him in Boston. Over 46 playoff games with the Celtics, he averaged 15.1 points on shooting splits of 53/43/81 plus 7.7 rebounds and 4.3 assists in 34.8 minutes.

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  • Vincent Poirier BOS C
    Celtics' Vincent Poirier: Taking paternity leave in September
    1d ago

    Poirier will take paternity leave for the birth of his child in September, and that will require leaving the NBA's bubble if the Celtics are still playing, Jared Weiss of The Athletic reports.

    The potential loss of Poirier during the playoffs shouldn't hurt the Celtics too much, unless unexpected depth is needed at center. Poirier has played just 114 total minutes for the Celtics, totaling 39 points, 34 rebounds, seven assists, six blocks and two steals.

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  • Nikola Jokic DEN C
    Nuggets' Nikola Jokic: Recovering well from COVID-19
    2d ago

    Denver head coach Michael Malone said Wednesday that Jokic (illness) "feels great" while recovering from the coronavirus and is on track to join the Nuggets when the team heads to Orlando next week for the resumption of the 2019-20 NBA season, Ohm Youngmisuk of ESPN.com reports.

    Shortly after the news of Jokic's positive test arrived last week, reports surfaced indicating that the star center wasn't showing any symptoms of COVID-19 and was progressing well, so Malone's comments on the matter aren't overly surprising. Even so, it's encouraging for the Nuggets that Jokic, who is currently in Serbia, still plans to return to the United States to join the team when it heads to Orlando next Tuesday. Because he'll miss out on a few training sessions, Jokic could find himself behind the rest of his teammates from a conditioning standpoint, but he shouldn't face any restrictions by the time the playoffs begin.

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  • Jakob Poeltl SA C
    Spurs' Jakob Poeltl: Will play in Orlando
    2d ago

    Poeltl reiterated Thursday that his knee is 100 percent healthy entering the Orlando restart, Jeff Garcia of News 4 in San Antonio reports.

    Poeltl said essentially the same thing back in April, but he noted Thursday that he's experienced no setbacks over the last two-plus months. With LaMarcus Aldridge (shoulder) sitting out, Poeltl could be set for increased minutes down the stretch.

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  • Thomas Bryant WAS C
    Wizards' Thomas Bryant: Foot is '100 percent healed'
    3d ago

    Bryant says that the stress fracture in his foot is "100 percent healed" and he's doing everything on the court, Fred Katz of The Athletic reports.

    Bryant missed 20 games from Dec. 3 through Jan. 10 while dealing with the injury, and he saw just 19.4 minutes per game afterward. However, it seems like he may be able to ramp back up to a bigger workload. Prior to the injury, Bryant averaged 13.9 points on 10.2 shots, 8.5 rebounds, 2.7 assists and 1.0 blocks in 28.3 minutes.

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  • Ante Zizic CLE C
    Ante Zizic: Reaches agreement with Spanish club
    3d ago

    Zizic came to terms on a contract Wednesday with Spanish club Real Madrid, Sam Amico of SI.com reports.

    Zizic isn't scheduled to become an unrestricted free agent until after the 2019-20 season officially concludes, but because the Cavaliers aren't one of the 22 teams heading to Orlando for the resumption of the campaign, the 23-year-old was allowed to field offers outside of the league. While the monetary terms of his deal with Real Madrid aren't known, it's safe to say that Zizic will be in store for a more lucrative contract that he would have fetched in the NBA after he frequently found himself outside of the rotation for a 19-46 Cavaliers squad. At 23 years old, Zizic certainly has time to revisit a return to North America at a later date, though as a traditional back-to-basket center who struggles to block shots and lacks three-point range, he's a less-than-ideal fit in the modern NBA.

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  • Jaren Jackson Jr. MEM PF
    Grizzlies' Jaren Jackson: Feels '110 percent'
    1d ago

    Jackson said he feels "110 percent" in recovery from his knee injury suffered against the Lakers in February and confirmed he will be playing in the bubble, Evan Barnes of The Memphis Commercial Appeal reports.

    As expected, Jackson is healthy and ready to go when the Grizzlies resume their season in Orlando. He missed Memphis' final nine games before the suspension of the season. Jackson is in the midst of a quality sophomore campaign, seeing 28.0 minutes per game and averaging 16.9 points on 13.0 shots, 4.7 rebounds, 1.6 blocks and 1.4 assists.

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  • Anthony Davis LAL PF
    Lakers' Anthony Davis: Says he's '100 percent' healthy
    2d ago

    Davis (elbow) intimated that he feels "100 percent healthy," Mike Trudell of the Lakers' official site reports.

    Davis had been dealing with various minor injuries throughout the year, but he was especially bothered by a shoulder injury during the regular season. That said, this has been one of Davis' healthiest years, as he's missed just eight games. From February onward, he's averaged 26.5 points on 17.7 shots, 9.7 rebounds, 2.8 assists, 2.2 blocks and 1.5 steals in 33.5 minutes.

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  • Caleb Swanigan POR PF
    Trail Blazers' Caleb Swanigan: Won't play in season restart
    3d ago

    Swanigan informed the Trail Blazers on Wednesday that he won't be joining the team in Orlando when the NBA season resumes later this month, Jamie Hudson of NBC Sports Northwest reports.

    Swanigan joins Trevor Ariza as Trail Blazers players who are electing not to make the trip to Florida. Even before the hiatus, Swanigan had been a fringe member of the Portland rotation, and he likely would have sacrificed all of his minutes now that big men Jusuf Nurkic (leg) and Zach Collins (shoulder) are ready to play again after lengthy absences.

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  • Marvin Bagley III SAC PF
    Kings' Marvin Bagley: Healthy, going to Orlando
    3d ago

    Coach Luke Walton noted that Bagley is healthy and will be "looked at" in Orlando but that it's "way too early" to determine his role, Jason Jones of The Athletic reports.

    Jones reported in mid-June that Bagley is likely to come off the bench, though Walton won't go as far as to confirm that. Bagley has appeared in just 13 games this season due to a sprained left foot. If he finds himself in a significant role, that would probably mean reduced minutes for Nemanja Bjelica, Harrison Barnes and/or Harry Giles.

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  • Caleb Swanigan POR PF
    Trail Blazers' Caleb Swanigan: Unsure about return-to-play
    3d ago

    Swanigan has yet to decide whether he'll join the Trail Blazers in Orlando when the NBA season resumes, Erik Gundersen of the Associated Press reports.

    Swanigan's rationale is unclear, but the NBA has given players the option to sit out without penalty, so it's possible that's the path he'll take. If he does indeed sit out, it wouldn't be a major blow to the Blazers, who will get Jusuf Nurkic (leg) and Zach Collins (shoulder) back from long-term injuries.

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  • Zach Collins POR PF
    Trail Blazers' Zach Collins: Could start in Orlando
    3d ago

    Blazers guard Damian Lillard said on a call Wednesday that he expects Collins to be in the starting lineup when the season resumes in Orlando, Sean Highkin of Bleacher Report reports.

    Collins hasn't played since injuring his shoulder back in October, but he's been deemed fully healthy, and the face of the franchise sees him as the starter at power forward. The implication is that Jusuf Nurkic (leg) would take over for Hassan Whiteside at center, while Carmelo Anthony would likely start at small forward after Trevor Ariza opted out of playing in Orlando. For what it's worth, coach Terry Stotts did note that he hasn't ruled out starting Nurkic and Whiteside together.

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  • Darius Miller NO SF
    Pelicans' Darius Miller: Might not be ready for Orlando
    1d ago

    Miller (Achilles) may not be healthy enough to play in Orlando during the eight-game regular season, Will Guillory of The Athletic reports.

    Miller hasn't had an opportunity to test his Achilles out 3-on-3 or 5-on-5 due the to pandemic restrictions. Guillory "doubts we'll see [Miller] playing if he can't ramp up his activity really quickly." If Miller does take the court, it will be a season debut. His presence would add an extra floor spacer, as Miller hits 1.9 threes in 25.5 minutes per game at 36.5 percent.

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  • Gordon Hayward BOS SF
    Celtics' Gordon Hayward: Will take paternity leave in Sept.
    1d ago

    Hayward said Friday he'll leave the NBA bubble in Orlando during September to attend the birth of his fourth child, Brian Robb of BostonSportsJournal.com reports.

    The 30-year-old has attended the birth of all his children thus far and said, "It's a pretty easy decision for me on that." Specific protocols will be in place for players leaving the bubble with NBA permission, and Hayward's quarantine period upon his return could be down to four days, assuming he produces negative tests. The Celtics will still need to advance far enough into the playoffs for it to matter.

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  • Brandon Clarke MEM SF
    Grizzlies' Brandon Clarke: Ready to go in Orlando
    2d ago

    Memphis coach Taylor Jenkins said Wednesday that Clarke (quadriceps) is "looking good, feeling good," implying that the rookie will be ready to go for the resumption of the 2019-20 season in Orlando later this month, Michael Wallace of the Grizzlies' official site reports.

    Prior to the NBA's shutdown in mid-March, the Grizzlies had been playing without the services of three rotation pieces in Jaren Jackson (knee), Justise Winslow (back) and Clarke, but all are healthy after having three-plus months to recover from their respective injuries. Clarke is expected to reprise his usual duties as Memphis' first big man off the bench in Orlando, capping off what's been a productive rookie year for the No. 21 overall pick. In 50 games prior to the league's hiatus, Clarke averaged 12.0 points, 5.8 rebounds, 1.4 assists and 0.8 blocks in 21.7 minutes per contest while shooting 62.3 percent from the floor and 78.5 percent from the charity stripe.

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  • Zion Williamson NO SF
    Pelicans' Zion Williamson: Says he's in shape
    2d ago

    Williamson said Thursday that he feels like he's in good shape entering the Orlando restart, Jake Madison of Locked On Pelicans reports.

    Williamson noted that he was able to do on-court workouts "every day" with his stepfather, so he feels confident about his conditioning level as the Pelicans begin to ramp up their preparation for the Orlando restart. The No. 1 pick in the 2019 NBA Draft had a torrid start to his career when he debuted in January, posting averages of 23.6 points and 6.8 rebounds through his first 19 games. Over his final 11 contests, Williamson turned 31.8 minutes per game into 26.4 points, 6.3 rebounds, 2.3 assists and 0.9 steals.

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  • Thabo Sefolosha HOU SF
    Rockets' Thabo Sefolosha: Opts out of Orlando restart
    3d ago

    Sefolosha said Wednesday that he won't participate in the resumption of the 2019-20 season, Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN reports.

    The 35-year-old forward will stay home while the Rockets go to Orlando. He held a small role with the Rockets this season, averaging 2.2 points and 2.3 rebounds across 10.6 minutes per game in his 41 appearances.

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  • Derrick Jones Jr. MIA SF
    Heat's Derrick Jones: Going to Orlando
    3d ago

    Jones (illness) will travel to Orlando to participate in the resumed 2019-20 season, Ira Winderman of the South Florida Sun Sentinel reports.

    Jones tested positive for coronavirus in late June, but he was asymptomatic. Assuming he tests negative for the virus when his 14-day quarantine period ends, Jones should be ready to resume practicing with the Heat as early as next weekend. Prior to the NBA's hiatus, Jones appeared in 51 games, averaging 8.9 points, 4.2 rebounds, 1.1 assists and 1.1 steals in 24.5 minutes.

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  • Landry Shamet LAC SG
    Clippers' Landry Shamet: Tests positive for coronavirus
    9h ago

    Shamet has tested positive for coronavirus and is unlikely to travel with the Clippers to Orlando this week, Shams Charania of The Athletic reports.

    Shamet will need to self-quarantine and test negative twice before entering the bubble. It seems likely he'll be able to achieve that before the Clippers start their regular season again July 30 against the Lakers.

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  • Victor Oladipo IND SG
    Pacers' Victor Oladipo: Won't play in resumed season
    1d ago

    Oladipo (knee/quadriceps) will not participate in the resumption of the 2019-20 season in Orlando, Shams Charania of The Athletic reports. "With all the variables, from how I have to build my 5-on-5 workload back up, to the increased risk of a soft tissue injury which could delay my rehab, and the unknown exact set up of the bubble, I just can't get my mind to being fully comfortable in playing," said Oladipo. "Getting fully healthy for the 2020-21 season is the right decision for me." He will still join the Pacers in Orlando to rehab and support his teammates.

    This news is a huge blow for the Pacers, as Oladipo was just starting to look like his old self -- the version that was selected third-team All-NBA, first-team All-Defense and Most Improved Player in 2019 -- prior to this season's suspension. With Oladipo sidelined, the Pacers will have to rely more on depth options at guard and on the wing. That will likely mean more minutes for the likes of Aaron Holiday, T.J. McConnell and Justin Holiday.

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  • Tyler Herro MIA SG
    Heat's Tyler Herro: Ankle feels '100 percent'
    1d ago

    Herro intimated that his ankle feels "100 percent" healthy following the four-month suspension of the season, Anthony Chiang of the Miami Herald reports.

    Herro was dealing with an ankle injury before the season stopped, missing 15 straight games from Feb. 5 through Mar. 8. The rookie has been a great three-point shooter, hitting 2.1 threes per game at 39.1 percent, helping fuel his 12.9 points per game.

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  • Bradley Beal WAS SG
    Wizards' Bradley Beal: Undecided about playing in Orlando
    3d ago

    Beal has yet to decide whether or not he will join the Wizards in Orlando for the resumption of the 2019-20 season, Ohm Youngmisuk of ESPN.com reports.

    Last week, teammate Davis Bertans announced he wouldn't participate in Orlando, and it seems possible Beal will follow suit. The Wizards are currently on the outside looking in for the Eastern Conference playoffs but still have a plausible chance at claiming the eighth seed, especially with the Nets -- current holders of the No. 7 seed -- set to be without several key players in Orlando. If Beal opts not to play, the Wizards' chances of reaching the playoffs will essentially diminish entirely.

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  • J.R. Smith LAL SG
    Lakers' J.R. Smith: Deal with L.A. official
    3d ago

    Smith signed a contract with the Lakers on Wednesday, Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN reports.

    Smith had already finalized his agreement with Los Angeles before the NBA's transaction window closed Tuesday, so Wojnarowski's report merely confirms what was expected. With Avery Bradley opting to sit out the season restart in Orlando, Smith could be a candidate to pick up some of the minutes that are now available, though the likes of Kentavious Caldwell-Pope and Alex Caruso may be first in line to replace the starting shooting guard. In any case, Smith, a career 37.3 percent shooter from distance, will give the Lakers another veteran option on the wing.

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  • Eric Gordon HOU SG
    Rockets' Eric Gordon: Back to full strength
    3d ago

    Gordon said that he's back to full strength and full health after the suspended season allowed him to rest his knee, which he had surgically repaired during the season, Cayleigh Griffin of AT&T SportsNet Southwest reports.

    Gordon sat out 22 games from Nov. 13 through Dec. 28 as a result of the surgery. Since then, he's sat out seven of a possible 32 games and averaged 15.8 points on 13.1 shots with 1.9 rebounds and 1.8 assists. Gordon is a meaningful part of the Rockets' small-ball game plan.

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  • Ja Morant MEM PG
    Grizzlies' Ja Morant: Feels healthier after hiatus
    2d ago

    Morant says he feels healthier and is "leaving the floor easier" following the NBA's hiatus, Tim MacMahon of ESPN.com reports.

    Morant underwent surgery on his knee a year ago. By all accounts, he's seemed healthy, throwing down high-flying dunks and making hyper-athletic plays. He's on pace to win Rookie of the Year, averaging 17.6 points, 6.9 assists and 3.5 rebounds. Morant's performance will be crucial to the Grizzlies and their hope of retaining the eighth seed in the Western Conference.

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  • Jaylen Adams NBADRAFT PG
    Trail Blazers' Jaylen Adams: Joins Portland
    3d ago

    Adams signed a rest-of-season contract with the Trail Blazers on Wednesday, Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN reports.

    Adams spent the earlier part of the season with the G League's Wisconsin Herd, where he was the league's MVP runner-up after averaging 21.5 points on 15.6 shots, 5.7 assists, 5.1 rebounds and 1.8 steals per game. He'll join Portland as a replacement for Trevor Ariza, who won't be joining the Blazers when the team heads to Orlando later this month for the resumption of the 2019-20 season.

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  • Jalen Brunson DAL PG
    Mavericks' Jalen Brunson: 'Doing pretty much everything'
    3d ago

    According to head coach Rick Carlisle, Brunson (shoulder) "is doing pretty much everything," but the strength level in his shoulder is what's keeping him a couple months away from playing, Brad Townsend of The Dallas Morning News reports.

    While Brunson has already been ruled out of participating in the remainder of the 2019-20 season, it's encouraging that he's making good progress with his recovery from right shoulder surgery. All signs are pointing to him being full strength for next year.

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  • Cameron Payne PHO PG
    Suns' Cameron Payne: Inks two-year deal with Suns
    4d ago

    Payne agreed Tuesday with the Suns on a one-year contract that includes a lightly guaranteed team option for 2021-22, Shams Charania of The Athletic reports.

    Payne hasn't seen any NBA minutes this season, but he was excellent in the G League with the Texas Legends, averaging 23.2 points, 7.3 assists, 4.7 rebounds and 2.9 combined steals/blocks per game. He likely won't see much action with a Phoenix squad that's already deep at point guard, but he could end up seeing regular run off the bench if the Suns fall out of playoff contention quickly.

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  • Spencer Dinwiddie BKN PG
    Nets' Spencer Dinwiddie: Tests positive for COVID-19
    5d ago

    Dinwiddie confirmed Monday that he's tested positive for COVID-19 and is uncertain whether he'll join the Nets in Orlando when the NBA season resumes in late July, Shams Charania of The Athletic reports.

    Dinwiddie will now go into a self-quarantine for 14 days and see how he feels before determining whether he'll participate in the resumed season. The guard noted that he's exhibited symptoms of the coronavirus, specifically mentioning a fever and tightness in his chest. With Kevin Durant (Achilles), Kyrie Irving (shoulder) and Nicolas Claxton (shoulder) all shut down for the season and Wilson Chandler (personal) and DeAndre Jordan (illness) choosing not to join the team in Orlando, the Nets -- who currently sit seventh in the Eastern Conference standings -- may have precious few experienced rotation options available if Dinwiddie also sits out.

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  • John Wall WAS PG
    Wizards' John Wall: Won't join team in Orlando
    5d ago

    Wall (Achilles) will not travel with the Wizards to Orlando for the resumption of the NBA season, David Aldridge of The Athletic reports.

    By all accounts, Wall continues to progress well in his recovery from a torn Achilles, but he will not be with the team when the season resumes. Instead, per Wizards GM Tommy Sheppard, Wall will work out in Washington, D.C. and Miami with coaches. Sheppard noted that the extensive time off interrupted Wall's schedule, but all indications are that he'll be ready for the start of the 2020-21 season.

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