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NBA has set up COVID-19 testing and treatment protocols in cities where players live

NBA, Adam Silver

The NBA has reportedly set up COVID-19 testing and treatment protocols in cities where players live, including one non-NBA city: Las Vegas, per Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN.

The league has allowed its players to leave their markets during the suspended season due to COVID-19:

For teams, letting players leave their markets felt inevitable. The NBPA had pushed hard for player movement during the hiatus, and the league never believed it could do anything but recommend players stay close to their respective organizations.

Many players’ families live outside of the markets they play in, and the possibility of three months apart before restarting — or the possibility of a canceled season — was a non-starter. The NBA has set up testing and treatment protocols in cities where NBA players live, including one non-NBA city: Las Vegas, a league source said.

Utah Jazz center Rudy Gobert, Jazz shooting guard Donovan Mitchell, Detroit Pistons big man Christian Wood, Brooklyn Nets small forward Kevin Durant and Boston Celtics guard Marcus Smart are the known players which have contracted COVID-19.

Gobert recently said he’s lost his sense of smell. Our thoughts and prayers are definitely with the NBA’s reigning two-time Defensive Player of the Year.

NBA owners are hopeful of resuming the season in the summer, maybe in July or August now that the 2020 Olympics have officially been postponed.

To recall, the CDC is recommending no events of 50 or more people for at least the next two months.