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Report: Spencer Dinwiddie to sit out of NBA season restart

The Nets guard tested positive for coronavirus a week after the NBA announced 16 players tested positive.

Brooklyn Nets guard Spencer Dinwiddie drives down the court defended by Los Angeles Lakers forward Anthony Davis in the first half at Staples Center. Richard Mackson-USA TODAY Sports

UPDATE: July 7 — Dinwiddie has decided to sit out when the NBA season restarts in Orlando, The Athletic’s Shams Charania reported Tuesday.

The Nets are easily the most depleted team heading into Orlando. Dinwiddie, DeAndre Jordan, Wilson Chandler, Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving are not expected to play when the regular season starts up again.

Brooklyn Nets G Spencer Dinwiddie has tested positive for Covid-19 coronavirus, The Athletic’s Shams Charania reported late Monday.

Dinwiddie, unlike other athletes who have tested positive, is experiencing symptoms of the coronavirus and his status for the NBA’s restart at the end of July is in doubt. Dinwiddie is the first player this week to test positive for Covid-19. Last week, we saw reports of multiple players testing positive, including Nikola Jokic of the Denver Nuggets and Buddy Hield of the Sacramento Kings.

NBA commissioner Adam Silver announced that 16 of 352 players tested positive for Covid-19 after the League conducted tests. The report doesn’t say if Dinwiddie was among those 16 players or not. Here’s what the Nets guard had to say to The Athletic.

“Over the past few months, I have been diligent about protecting myself and others from COVID-19 by following all designated protocol and quarantining,” Dinwiddie told The Athletic. “I was ready and prepared to rejoin my teammates as we were to be an early entry team in the resumed season. I flew private to return to New York, passed multiple COVID-19 tests over my first several days in New York and was able to participate in a couple practices within the first week.

“Originally, we were supposed to be one of the teams to enter into the Orlando bubble early, but training camp got switched back to New York and unfortunately I am now positive. Given that I have experienced symptoms, including fever and chest tightness, it is unclear on whether or not I’ll be able to participate in Orlando.

“Hindsight is 20/20.”