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Report: Some NBA teams will be able to give coronavirus tests

NBA teams may have the option to test players and staff who are asymptomatic in cities where testing is readily available to at-risk healthcare workers.

General view outside the Fiserv Forum as todays game between the Boston Celtics and Milwaukee Bucks was cancelled due to the COVID-19 virus. Jeff Hanisch-USA TODAY Sports

The NBA will allow certain teams to test asymptomatic players and staff at practice facilities, ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski reported Friday.

So, if you’re a team in a city in which healthcare workers are able to be tested, then you are allowed to test asymptomatic players and staff. This was a potential issue for the League since testing kits aren’t readily available to the public. It seems the NBA will go ahead with tests anyway as long as at-risk workers are able to get tested.

So we now have a few teams that will be able to test players and staff: the Los Angeles Lakers, Los Angeles Clippers and Orlando Magic. None of these teams has confirmed when they’ll return to practice facilities, but you’ve got to believe that it may be soon knowing they can test players and staff. That would mean LeBron James, Anthony Davis, Kawhi Leonard and Paul George back at practice potentially, which is a big step in the right direction toward bringing basketball back.