NBA teams have started to test players and staff for the coronavirus this week in anticipation of the league restart next month. The hope is that individuals who test positive will have enough time to quarantine and recover before the start of training camp on July 11.
As coronavirus testing for players heading to Orlando starts today, teams are bracing for significant numbers of positive tests. One Western Conference playoff team had four positives in past few weeks, per sources. Full training camps start on July 11 at Disney.
— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) June 23, 2020
“Several days ago I tested positive for COVID-19 and immediately self-isolated in Chicago which is where I remain. I am progressing in my recovery and feeling well. I look forward to joining my teammates in Orlando as we return to the court for the resumption of the NBA season.
As Parker says, he is still planning on taking part in the rest of the season with the Kings as they battle for a playoff spot to prevent their postseason drought from reaching 14 seasons. Sam Amick reports that the team was aware of Parker’s positive test when they decided to sign Corey Brewer yesterday with their open roster spot.
Source says the Kings’ recent Corey Brewer addition was a response to the revelation that Jabari Parker had tested positive. As I wrote today, the timeline for a positive test turnaround in Orlando is tight https://t.co/oYbtVgX8SS
— Sam Amick (@sam_amick) June 24, 2020
Should Parker decide he is unable to play in Orlando — despite his clear preference to join the team next month — Sacramento would be able to sign a replacement player after July 1 and keep Parker on the books for next season. Parker has a player option worth $6.5 million for 2020-21 that he is likely to pick up.
The Kings acquired Parker in a trade with the Atlanta Hawks in February. Parker has appeared in just one game for Sacramento this season.
We wish Parker all the best in his recovery.