Kevin Durant is one of the four Brooklyn Nets players to test positive for the coronavirus, ESPN confirmed Tuesday.
“Everybody is careful, take care of yourself and quarantine,” Durant told The Athletic, adding that he’s feeling fine and not showing any signs.
The Nets did not recognize any players and said Tuesday that of those four players, only one is displaying symptoms. All four are isolated and undergoing medical care from group doctors, the Nets said in a statement.
Sources told ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski the participant who has symptoms experienced aches when he woke up Tuesday.
Sources told Wojnarowski the Nets had players analyzed by a private firm, and the group paid out of pocket as soon as they returned from San Francisco last week.
The Los Angeles Lakers will be analyzed Wednesday after learning of the Nets’ positive evaluations, sources confirmed to ESPN’s Dave McMenamin. The Lakers were the last opponents of the Nets before matches were suspended.
The four Nets players combine Utah Jazz celebrities Rudy Gobert and Donovan Mitchell and the Pistons’ Christian Wood as NBA players are known to have tested positive for the COVID-19 virus.
The Nets didn’t play with the Jazz or the Pistons from the past two weeks of this season, which was suspended due to the coronavirus pandemic. They last played on March 10 in Los Angeles, beating the Lakers. The Nets were to face the Golden State Warriors two nights later in San Francisco — a match which was to be played with no fans. Durant was in Los Angeles for the Nets’ game against the Lakers but wasn’t in San Francisco for the match against the Warriors, his former team.
“I saw that information,” Warriors coach Steve Kerr said of the Nets’ positive evaluations while talking on a conference call.
The Nets said they’re now telling anybody who has had contact with all the players, including recent competitions, and are working closely with local and state health authorities.
Durant, 31, agreed to a four-year contract worth up to $164 million with the Nets after spending the past three seasons with the Warriors, winning two titles and being named NBA Finals MVP. He did not play this season while rehabilitating an Achilles tendon injury.
For many people, the coronavirus causes only mild or moderate symptoms, such as cough and fever. For many, particularly older adults and individuals with existing health problems, it may cause more severe illness, such as pneumonia.
The huge majority of individuals recover from the virus. According to the World Health Organization, individuals with moderate illness recover in about two weeks, and people with more severe illness may take three to six weeks to recuperate.