Kevin Durant has tested positive for COVID-19. The 31-year-old player is one of four Brooklyn Nets players who tested positive for the disease, The Athletic reported.
According to the statement released by the Brooklyn Nets (below) on Tuesday, March 17, four players on the team tested positive for coronavirus. The statement said one of the four players has shown symptoms while the other three remained asymptomatic.
The statement added that the four Nets players were currently in isolation and were being taken care of by the team’s physicians.
The release by the Brooklyn Nets read:
“Four Brooklyn Nets players have tested positive for the COVID-19 virus. Of the four, one player is exhibiting symptoms while three are asymptomatic. All four players are presently isolated and under the care of team physicians.
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— Brooklyn Nets (@BrooklynNets) March 17, 2020
The statement went on to say that all players and members of the team’s travel party were being asked to remain in isolation, to monitor their healths, and to remain in contact with the team’s medical staff.
The release concluded that the health of the players and staff was of the highest priority and that the team was doing everything possible to ensure that the players receive the best care.
Durant confirmed that he tested positive for COVID-19
The official statement did not reveal the identities of the four players who tested positive for COVID-19. The statement also did not reveal the identity of the player who had shown symptoms.
However, Durant confirmed in an interview with The Athletic that he was one of the four players who tested positive. He also confirmed that he was feeling fine and that he had not shown symptoms.
“Everyone be careful, take care of yourself and quarantine. We’re going to get through this,” Durant said, according to The Athletic.
The latest reports bring the total number of NBA players who are known to have tested positive for coronavirus to seven, according to NBC New York.
Durant has been sidelined since his 2019 NBA finals injury
The news arrives as Durant has been sidelined with an Achilles tendon injury since June 10, 2019. The injury occurred during Game 5 of the 2019 NBA finals while he was playing for Golden State Warriors against the Toronto Raptors.
In the offseason, he chose to leave Golden State for Brooklyn. KD signed a four-year, $164 million deal with the Nets in July 2019.
The Brooklyn Nets played their last game against the Los Angeles Lakers on March 10. The Nets were set to play against the Golden State Warriors in San Francisco when the NBA announced on Wednesday, March 11, that the season was suspended.
Other known players who tested positive
The NBA suspended the season after Utah Jazz player Rudy Gobert tested positive for coronavirus.