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Report: Nets' Prince tests positive, will sit out

Field Level Media
08 Jul 2020, 09:40 GMT+10

A fourth Brooklyn Nets player, forward Taurean Prince, has tested positive for COVID-19 and will sit out the NBA's restart later this month near Orlando, ESPN reported Tuesday.

The Nets were already without center DeAndre Jordan, guard Spencer Dinwiddie and forward Wilson Chandler, who opted out after positive tests. Forward Kevin Durant (torn Achilles) and guard Kyrie Irving (shoulder) were never expected to play as they continue to recovery from surgeries.

According to ESPN, the Nets left for Florida on Tuesday evening.

The Nets, who sit seventh in the Eastern Conference at 30-34, can add four players to the roster to replace the four who have tested positive. Training camps are expected to open next week, with games beginning July 30.

Brooklyn's first game is against the Orlando Magic, currently a half-game back in eighth in the East, on July 31. The Nets will play seven more games while trying to avoid a play-in for a playoff spot.

Prince, 26, averaged 12.1 points and six rebounds in 64 games (61 starts) before the regular season was paused in March. In his fourth NBA season and his first with Brooklyn, he has career averages of 11.6 points and 4.3 rebounds.

--Field Level Media

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