Ahead of resuming the NBA season at Walt Disney World in Orlando next month, the league said all players have been tested for the coronavirus and 16 came back positive for the illness.
In tests conducted of 302 NBA players on June 23, 16 players have tested positive for the coronavirus, according to a news release.
“Any player who tested positive will remain in self-isolation until he satisfies public health protocols for discontinuing isolation and has been cleared by a physician,” the NBA said.
League officials have expected that positive tests would be inevitable, and believed that starting a testing regimen now — roughly five weeks before games begin at Disney — will give players with positive results time to recover and get back with their teams before those contests start July 30.
The league did not reveal which teams had positive tests but a small number of NBA players publicly revealed Wednesday that they had tested positive, including Sacramento teammates Jabari Parker and Alex Len and Indiana’s Malcolm Brogdon. All-Star Nikola Jokic of the Denver Nuggets has also tested positive, a person with knowledge of that situation told AP on Tuesday.
A person with knowledge of the situation says Miami forward Derrick Jones Jr. has tested positive for the coronavirus, a result that came in shortly after the Heat and other NBA teams began mandatory testing in preparation for next month's resumption of the season.
The Toronto Raptors arrived in southwest Florida on Monday, set to begin their preparations for next month’s restart of the NBA season.
If the Raptors return to the NBA Finals, they could be in Florida for nearly four full months.
The reigning NBA champions will start training for the season restart later this week at Florida Gulf Coast University in Fort Myers, making that school their home base until they head north to the Disney complex near Orlando, Florida, around July 7.
Toronto’s arrival comes as Florida is dealing with a significant spike in positive coronavirus test results over the past week.