Pistons Doumbouya rookie returns to France


Detroit Pistons say rookie Sekou Doumbouya is back in France as NBA play is suspended due to the coronavirus crisis.

The league has advised players to avoid non-essential travel, but players – along with their team – may choose to move to and stay in another city. International travel could cause logistical problems if play resumes and a player faces obstacles when returning to the United States.

A Pistons spokesman said the team was aware that Doumbouya, 19, was in France and that he left to be closer to his family during the pandemic.

Detroit drafted Doumbouya in the first round last year. Originally from Guinea, he moved to France when he was young and played there before coming to the Pistons. He has averaged 6.4 points in 38 games with Detroit this season.


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