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Two Phoenix Suns players tested positive for coronavirus, sources told The Republic of Arizona.
Positive tests have led to Suns temporarily stopping workouts at Arizona Veterans Memorial Coliseum, sources said.
Mikal Ponts, Elie Okobo, Frank Kaminsky III, Dario Saric, Jevon Carter, Aron Baynes, Jalen Lecque and Cheick Diallo participated based on a video, the team realized earlier this month in their “Do not sleep on the Basketball series.
Players have to have training sessions at the arena on Tuesday morning.
There has been a notable increase in COVID-19 cases in Arizona.
The Republic reported on Monday that, according to state data, more than 1,000 new cases were reported each year in 13 days, with more than 2,000 new cases being reported in the past five days.
Mandatory screening is scheduled for Tuesday for NBA players and most staff from each team. Phoenix third-highest goalscorer in history, Kelly Oubre Jr, chose not to play due to an injury he had knee surgery on March 3.
The players have until Wednesday to inform teams that they are not participating in the recovery season, according to Athletic.
Phoenix is one of 22 teams to help relaunch the 2019-20 season start on July 31 in Orlando. The season has been stopped since March 11, after Rudy Gobert’s Utah Jazz center tested positive for the virus.
The league is scheduled for eight regular season games before it has the playoffs. The Suns (26-39) are six games from the eighth and final playoff spot in the Western Conference hosted by Memphis, but can force a tournament game if you finish four more games or less in the eighth place in the team.
The Suns would then win two straight lines in eighth place for the team to make the playoffs. Any loss in the game and Phoenix season over.
Phoenix has not made the playoffs since 2010, but has won more games this season than in each of its last five seasons.
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