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Knicks shut down facility after employees test positive for Covid-19

New York will be prepping for the 2020 NBA Draft next week. It’s unknown if any players or executive staff were affected by the virus.

A masked police officer makes his way past Madison Square Garden on April 02, 2020 in New York City. Currently, over 92,000 people in New York state have tested positive for COVID-19. Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images

The New York Knicks have shut down their facilities after three employees tested positive for Covid-19 coronavirus during routine screenings, the team announced late Tuesday night. All three employees are asymptomatic and under quarantine. As a result, the team has shut down the MSG Training Center for thorough cleaning.

It’s unclear if any Knicks players, staff or executives were present or came into close contact with those who were infected with the virus. The Knicks are most likely prepping for the 2020 NBA Draft on Wednesday, Nov. 18, which will take place virtually from ESPN’s headquarters in Bristol, Connecticut. The Knicks have the 8th overall pick in the first round, as well as the No. 27 and No. 38 picks in the draft.

After the draft, NBA free agency is expected to open on Friday, Nov. 22 at 6 p.m. ET. Usually teams would be hosting free agents, but that likely won’t be the case this time around. The Knicks won’t need to worry about players not being able to come to NYC since most of the meetings will likely happen over the phone or through video conference calls.