Following reports that Brooklyn Nets center DeAndre Jordan won’t play in Orlando after testing positive for COVID-19, Spencer Dinwiddie made it clear that he has yet to make a decision regarding his status for the continuation of the season.
The 6-foot-5 combo guard re-tweeted Adrian Wojnarowski on Monday, following the NBA insider’s claim that he could sit out the rest of the campaign along with Jordan.
Just to be clear I haven’t opted out and want to play like I told @ShamsCharania. Unfortunately I have been one of the cases that has various symptoms. https://t.co/sgr7s3eQZx
— Spencer Dinwiddie (@SDinwiddie_25) June 30, 2020
Following the NBA’s league-wide tests before the July 30 reopening, several high-profile players have already tested positive, including Nikola Jokic of the Denver Nuggets and Buddy Hield of the Sacramento Kings, among others.
However, these players are expected to be medically cleared by next month and have expressed their desire to continue playing until their season ends.
The Nets, on the other hand, are already shorthanded after superstars Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving confirmed they won’t be returning from their injuries in Orlando. Forward Wilson Chandler also begged off, citing family concerns.
Spencer Dinwiddie’s fine play at the point guard position has kept the team afloat all season, even when Irving managed to appear in just 20 games. The 27-year-old scorer notched 20.6 points, 3.5 rebounds, and 6.8 assists in 64 games, while knocking down 41.5 percent of his field goals and 30.8 percent of his triples.
His possible exclusion would be a huge blow for the Nets, who are currently hanging on the seventh seed in the East with a 30-34 slate. The team has a good shot at making it to the postseason, considering the ninth-seeded Washington Wizards (24-40) are the only team outside the top eight that will return in Orlando.