As mandatory coronavirus testing for players on teams heading to Orlando begins, teams are bracing for significant numbers of positive tests.
One Western Conference playoff team had four positives in the past few weeks, according to Adrian Wojnarowski.
Two Phoenix Suns players have tested positive, leading the team to temporarily shut down voluntary workouts at Arizona Veterans Memorial Coliseum, according to Duane Rankin of the Arizona Republic.
Mikal Bridges, Elie Okobo, Frank Kaminsky, Dario Saric, Jevon Carter, Aron Baynes, Jalen Lecque and Cheick Diallo have participated in those workouts, so there’s a chance that the two positive tests came from this group of players.
Training camp starts on July 11 at Disney after all 22 teams report.
Players who participate in group workouts will have to test negative for coronavirus at least twice upon arriving at Disney World.
During the two weeks before traveling to Orlando, teams will quarantine any players who test positive to ensure that they don’t bring it into the “bubble.”
While statistics are on the side of healthy, young NBA players not becoming seriously ill because of coronavirus, there are no guarantees, as Wojnarowski notes.