Discovered last night and confirmed even today that I tested positive for Covid while being back on the market. As a result, I will not be in Orlando for the resumption of the season.
– DeAndre Jordan (@DeAndre) June 30, 2020
The Jordanian agent for Excel Sports informed management of the decision on Monday, sources said.
Jordan and goalkeeper Spencer Dinwiddie tested positive for COVID-19, although Dinwiddie has yet to officially exclude himself, he told Athletic on Monday.
Forward Wilson Chandler told ESPN on Sunday that he had pulled out of the restart, citing family concerns.
Even before these positive tests, some Nets players – like other members of several NBA teams – discussed the possibility of suspending the restart in Orlando, sources said. As the Nets lose more players, it may be easier for other key players to decide that there is no compelling competitive reason to travel and play.
The Nets are one of 22 NBA teams slated to resume on July 30 in Orlando, Florida. They are in seventh place in the Eastern Conference, half a game before the Orlando Magic for the final place.
The Nets haven’t organized team training at the Brooklyn premises for several days, sources said. NBA regulations require that teams’ current training in the markets be socially distant and not include any contact between players. The teams will not start official training camps until they arrive in Orlando in mid-July.
Teams must submit the list of eligible players to the NBA on Wednesday. Nets sign free agent Justin Anderson as replacement for Chandler, Priority Sports agent Mark Bartelstein told ESPN, and sources said the Nets are also planning to sign a replacement for Jordan.