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Report: Nine more NBA players test positive for Covid-19 [UPDATE]

The League released results of testing on June 23, which included 16 positive tests. Now, more players are testing positive.

A detail shot of the gam e ball during the game between the Golden State Warriors and the Philadelphia 76ers at Chase Center on March 07, 2020 in San Francisco, California. Photo by Lachlan Cunningham/Getty Images

UPDATE: July 2 — Nine more NBA players have tested positive for Covid-19 between the dates of June 24-29, per multiple reports. The initial 16 players who tested positive was released on June 23.

Here’s the official statement from the NBA and NBPA on the test results. It also states that 10 team staff members have tested positive out of 884 conducted tests.

The number may seem small, but it’s growing. More players are coming back with positive tests as the NBA grows closer to sending teams to Orlando for the season restart.

The NBA released results from a recent Covid-19 test of the League’s players that took place on Tuesday. It came back and 16 of 302 players have tested positive for coronavirus. Those players will remain in self-isolation and need to be cleared before returning.

We had a few names already confirmed on social media and through reports in recent days. Among those names are Denver Nuggets C Nikola Jokic, Sacramento Kings G Buddy Hield and Indiana Pacers G Malcolm Brogdon. All three, along with the other 13 players will have to self-quarantine and have two negative tests pop up within 24 hours in order to be cleared for Orlando.

This is somewhat good news for the League, since this is roughly 5.2% of the NBA players testing positive for Covid-19. That’s a very small portion of the League, so it shows that almost every player practiced safe social distancing. It still doesn’t mean everything is A-OK heading into July.