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Nikola Jokic still not in U.S. but expected to be with Nuggets in Orlando [UPDATE]

Denver center is still in Serbia after testing positive for Covid-19. He is feeling great and should be with the team for the NBA season restart.

Cleveland Cavaliers center Tristan Thompson pressures Denver Nuggets center Nikola Jokic during the second half at Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse. Ken Blaze-USA TODAY Sports

UPDATE: July 1Jokic has not yet returned to the United State from Serbia since testing positive for Covid-19. Nuggets coach Mike Malone is not concerned, however, and told ESPN’s Ohm Youngmisuk that Jokic “feels great” and is “excited” to get back to basketball.

Denver Nuggets C Nikola Jokic has tested positive for Covid-19 and will remain in Serbia temporarily, per ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski.

This doesn’t appear to be a big concern, as Woj reports. Jokic has been asymptomatic since testing positive last week and he’s expected to be cleared with plenty of time to return before the season starts. The big question is, if he somehow isn’t cleared of the virus, does this mean the Nuggets may be without Jokic when the season starts? Does this spook him enough to not want to go to Orlando for the return? We’ll see.

It’s worth noting that Jokic has lost a ton of weight over the break. A video surfaced of him at a basketball tournament in Serbia a few weeks ago, with the All-Star looking “thin AF” as the kids say. Hopefully Jokic can get cleared ASAP and be ready to lead Denver into the postseason.