Malcolm Brogdon has tested positive for COVID-19, reports the Indy Star’s J. Michael. With players returning to market for mandatory testing ahead of the start of individual training workouts, Brogdon joins Denver’s Nikola Jokic as the first players to be specifically identified with the virus during Phase 1 of the league’s restart plan. In addition to Brogdon and Jokic, two unnamed players from the Phoenix Suns have the virus, according to the Arizona Republic, and ESPN’s Adrian Wojnowroski tweeted yesterday that a Western Conference team had four positives in the past.
There aren’t many additional details at this time, but Brogdon issued a statement via the Pacers which seems to indicate that he is either asymptomatic or currently experiencing mild symptoms and won’t be deterred from attempting to play in Orlando:
“I recently tested positive for the Covid virus and am currently in quarantine. I’m doing well, feeling well and progressing well. I plan to join my teammates in Orlando for the resumption of the season and the playoffs.”
Given the state of the nationwide outbreak, however, with multiple states showing record spikes in cases, the news of players testing positive is nonetheless still scary — even if also expected — as the league moves forward with resuming the season. In addition to detecting the virus and preventing further spread at training facilities, the main concern of course is that everyone makes a fully recovery without any long-term, lingering effects.
Invited teams are slated to travel on to Orlando on July 7 and start group practices July 9-11, which gives Brogdon a tight, roughly two-week window to test negative and be cleared for team activities.