Four members of the Brooklyn Nets have tested positive for the coronavirus, the team announced Tuesday.
“Of the four, one player is exhibiting symptoms while three are asymptomatic,” the team added in a statement. “All four players are presently isolated and under the care of team physicians.”
The names of the players were not disclosed.
The Nets added the organization is notifying anyone who has had known contact with the players, including recent opponents. They said they are working closely with state and local health authorities on reporting.
“All players and members of the Nets travel party are being asked to remain isolated, closely monitor their health and maintain constant communication with team medical staff,” the statement said. “The health of our players and staff is of the highest priority to the organization and the team is doing everything within its power to ensure that those affected receive the best care possible.
“As always, we appreciate the support of our fans, partners and surrounding community, and we wish all those who are battling this virus a speedy recovery,” the statement read.
There now are seven known cases of coronavirus in the NBA.
The Jazz’s Rudy Gobert and Donovan Mitchell, along with the Pistons’ Christian Wood, have also tested positive for coronavirus.
The Nets played neither Utah nor Detroit in February or March before the NBA suspended play last Wednesday, upon learning of Gobert’s positive test.
The Nets paid for a private company to conduct tests on players upon returning from San Francisco on Tuesday, ESPN reported. The Nets were slated to play the Golden State Warriors in front of empty fans last week before the NBA suspended its season due to the coronavirus.
The one Nets player experiencing symptoms awoke with aches on Tuesday, the report said.
After the Nets issued their statement, Brooklyn guard Spencer Dinwiddie seemed to indicate on social media that he was not among those who contracted the spreading virus.
“Lmao this Corona Virus stuff putting me between a rock and a hard place,” Dinwiddie tweeted. “If I stopped tweeting y’all would all assume I have it.”
Portland Trail Blazers guard CJ McCollum replied, “Bruh we all assuming it’s you until you confirm or deny,” to which Dinwiddie responded: “Lmao, I’m trying to show solidarity here man. Team spirit and what not.”