NBA announces 16 players have tested positive for coronavirus ahead of restart

Mike DePrisco
NBC Sports Washington

At the conclusion of the NBA's first coronavirus testing window before teams reconvene for training camp, the league announced 16 out of 302 players tested positive for COVID-19, roughly 5.3% positivity rate.

"Any player who tested positive for coronavirus will remain in self-isolation until he satisfies public health protocols for discontinuing isolation and has been cleared by a physician," the NBA and NBPA wrote in a joint statement.

Only six of the players to test positive have been reported so far, including Nikola Jokic, Buddy Hield, Jabari Parker, Alex Len, Malcolm Brogdon and Derrick Jones Jr. Two unnamed Suns players are also reportedly included in this group. 

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Members of the 22 teams designated for the league's restart in Orlando are set to begin in-market training camps on June 30 and will travel to Orlando from July 7-11. Once they reach Orlando, players will be required to stay in their assigned rooms until they test negative for the virus twice. 

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Then on July 9, a three-week training camp will commence inside the bubble before games begin on July 30. There will be regular testing during this time period and players will be expected to stay on campus at all times. If they leave, they'll have to quarantine for 10-14 days.

So there is plenty more testing to be done for the league to safely conduct games at the end of July. The best teams, players and fans can hope for is as little new cases as possible between now and the start of the bubble training camp. 

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