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Report: Kevin Durant, three other Nets players test positive for coronavirus

The number of known coronavirus cases in the NBA more than doubled Tuesday.

Four Nets players tested positive for COVID-19, the disease caused by the novel coronavirus, the team announced Tuesday. Kevin Durant told The Athletic's Shams Charania that he was one of them.

That brings the number of announced cases in the NBA up to seven. 

"The organization is currently notifying anyone who has had known contact with the players," the Nets said in a team release, "including recent opponents, and is working closely with state and local health authorities on reporting."

Jazz center Rudy Gobert was the first NBA player to test positive for COVID-19. His test came back just before the Jazz and Thunder were scheduled to tip off at Chesapeake Energy Arena, leading the NBA to suspend the season for at least a month, and likely much longer. 

Since Wednesday, Jazz guard Donovan Mitchell and Pistons forward Christian Wood have also tested positive for COVID-19. Utah and Detroit played each other a week and a half ago, but neither has faced the Nets since January.

Three of the four Nets players with COVID-19 are asymptomatic, the team said in a release. Durant has not had symptoms, Charania reported. The Nets have instructed all members of their traveling party to stay isolated and communicate with the team's medical staff.

The Thunder has not yet announced the results of COVID-19 testing, but a Thunder spokesperson told The Oklahoman that the team "looked for alternatives" to using the limited supply of Oklahoma test kits.


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Feb 3, 2020; Brooklyn, New York, USA; Brooklyn Nets small forward Kevin Durant (7) smiles during a time out during the second quarter against the Phoenix Suns at Barclays Center. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports

Feb 3, 2020; Brooklyn, New York, USA; Brooklyn Nets small forward Kevin Durant (7) smiles during a time out during the second quarter against the Phoenix Suns at Barclays Center. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports

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Maddie Lee

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