After a lengthy battle with COVID-19, Phoenix Suns big man Aron Baynes is now ready to join his team in the Orlando bubble, according to Shams Charania of The Athletic and Stadium.
Charania recently talked with Baynes about his month-plus ordeal with the coronavirus:
Suns center Aron Baynes has cleared from coronavirus and is traveling today to Orlando to join the team, sources tell @TheAthleticNBA @Stadium. Our sitdown on his one-month-plus dealings with the virus: pic.twitter.com/v2LDwpsZ89
— Shams Charania (@ShamsCharania) July 27, 2020
The NBA’s protocols demand that the Suns big man be isolated for two days, followed by two negative test results, before he is allowed to reunite with his team on the court.
In Baynes’ video interview, he shared how he and his family dealt with the challenges, from the anxiety to isolation to to recovery:
“That was the scariest moment for me because I was also putting my family at risk at that point. And they were exposed to it at a later point. They didn’t get it at the same time as me but they were also positive at a later point.”
Baynes’ family members also tested positive for COVID-19 but experienced only mild symptoms.
The Suns center will become an unrestricted free agent this offseason. Before the suspension of the NBA season, the big man stacked up averages of 11.5 points, 5.6 rebounds and 1.6 assists in 42 games. While the Suns have a long way to go to clinch a spot in the playoffs, having Baynes back with them will help.
If all goes well, Baynes could be available for the Suns’ first seeding game against the Washington Wizards on Friday. Phoenix currently holds a record of 26-39, which is six games behind the eighth-seeded Memphis Grizzlies.