Report: Nets' Taurean Prince Tests Positive For Coronavirus, Opts Out of NBA Restart

Lou DiPietro
July 07, 2020 - 9:29 pm
SHENZHEN, CHINA - OCTOBER 12: Taurean Prince #2 of the Brooklyn Nets in action during the match against the Los Angeles Lakers during a preseason game as part of 2019 NBA Global Games China at Shenzhen Universiade Center on October 12, 2019 in Shenzhen.

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Another Woj Bomb for Brooklyn, as ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski reports that Nets forward Taurean Prince has tested positive for coronavirus, and will not join the team in Orlando for the resumption of the NBA season.

The news comes less than 12 hours after Spencer Dinwiddie announced he has tested positive for coronavirus a second time and also will not play with the Nets in Orlando.

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Prince started 61 of 64 games played in his first season in Brooklyn prior to the NBA shutdown, mostly at power forward, averaging 12.1 points and 6.0 rebounds per game. Per Woj, the timing of the positive test is why Prince has been ruled out, as he would need to test negative twice, travel to Florida, re-quarantine, and then ramp up workouts – a task that would be monumental a little more than three weeks out from the NBA restart.

His loss leaves the Nets down seven players, as they have lost Kevin Durant, Kyrie Irving, and Nicolas Claxton to injury, seen Dinwiddie, Prince, and DeAndre Jordan forced out due to COVID-19, and had Wilson Chandler opt out of the restart over fears of spreading the virus to his family.

The Nets have reportedly re-signed Justin Anderson, who played three games in Brooklyn and 16 with the G League’s Long Island Nets this season, but Prince’s departure leaves them with 11 healthy players and three open roster spots. 

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