Brooklyn Nets center DeAndre Jordan has revealed that he has tested positive for the coronavirus and that he will opt out of the rest of the 2020 NBA season as a result of his illness.
Jordan, who signed with the Nets as a free agent last summer on a 4-year, $40 million deal, cited health concerns for himself, family members, and his teammates as reasons that he will stay home instead of participating in the conclusion of the season.
The Texas native has primarily played a reserve role for the Nets this season, recording 8.3 points and 10.0 rebounds per game in just over 20 minutes of action on average.
The Nets, who currently find themselves with a 30-34 record and are in 7th place in the Eastern Conference, will certainly miss their big man’s defensive and rebounding presence in the paint.
The team will have the option to sign a player to replace Jordan for the rest of the season if it chooses to do so. However, there have been no indications as of now that Brooklyn has targeted any specific player to replace their big man.
The NBA is scheduled to get back underway in early August in Orlando, Florida.