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Nets’ DeAndre Jordan tests positive for COVID-19, won’t play in Orlando games

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Brooklyn Nets All-Star center DeAndre Jordan has tested positive for COVID-19.

The high-flyer took to Twitter to announce he won’t be joining the Nets in Orlando for the resumption of the 2019-20 season.

Nets shooting guard Spencer Dinwiddie announced on Monday that he tested positive for COVID-19 as well, though his status is up in the air for the Orlando games, which are set to start on July 30.

Jordan signed a four-year deal with the Nets in the summer of 2019 after playing for the Dallas Mavericks and New York Knicks in 2018-19. Kyrie Irving, Kevin Durant and Jordan are very close friends and joined the Nets together.

Before the season was suspended in March, Jordan was averaging 8.3 points, 10.0 boards and 1.9 assists while shooting 66.6 percent from the field.

With Jordan out for the Orlando games, the Nets will start Jarrett Allen at center. Brooklyn is in seventh place in the Eastern Conference standings. They have to finish with a better record than the Orlando Magic and Washington Wizards in the seeding games to make the 2020 playoffs.

The Nets will be without Durant, Irving and Jordan in Orlando and there’s also the possibility that Dinwiddie could sit out as well. With that said, the odds of Brooklyn making the playoffs are very low.

DeAndre Jordan, who began his NBA career with the Los Angeles Clippers, has career averages of 9.5 points and 10.8 rebounds in 875 regular-season games with the Clippers, Mavs, Knicks and Nets.