Hours earlier, point guard Spencer Dinwiddie told to The Athletic's Shams Charania that he also tested positive for the virus, has been showing symptoms, and might not be able to play in Orlando either, although he has not made a final decision.
On Sunday another Nets player, forward Wilson Chandler, ruled himself out of the NBA's restarted season, citing safety fears because of the coronavirus. The baller announced the disappointing news on social media, tweeting, "Found out last night and confirmed again today that I've tested positive for Covid while being back in market". Jordan confirmed his positive test on Twitter and said he would not return to action when the season resumes on July 30 at Disney World in Orlando, Florida.
Dinwiddie emerged as an All-Star candidate in the absence of Irving this season.More news: California man and 27 relatives catch coronavirus, including dead father
The 31-year-old averaged 8.3 points and 10 rebounds per game this season, his first with the team, before play was suspended.
"Unfortunately, I have been one of the cases that has various symptoms", he said. "I was ready and prepared to rejoin my teammates". "I flew private to return to NY, passed multiple COVID-19 tests over my first several days in NY and was able to participate in a couple of practices within the first week".
Chandler told ESPN he had opted to skip the restart in Orlando in order to spend more time with his family.More news: TikTok goes down in India, its biggest overseas market
The Nets haven't had organized team workouts at the team's Brooklyn facility for several days, sources said.
Jason Anderson is an award-winning sportswriter for The Sacramento Bee.More news: US Supreme Court strikes down restrictive Louisiana abortion law in landmark ruling