A seventh Brooklyn Nets player has tested positive for coronavirus prior to the NBA’s restart. Taurean Prince is the latest to contract the viral disease and will not play in Orlando this season.
Prince joins his teammates Wilson Chandler, DeAndre Jordan, and Spencer Dinwiddie who have opted out of the season due to coronavirus. Star point guard Kyrie Irving will also sit out the season due to an injury he suffered during the season.
The Nets now have to sign three new players before the restart. The former Baylor forward was a key role player for the Nets averaging 12 points and 6 rebounds for the team. According to ESPN, Prince signed a 2-year $29 million extension in October.
Unlikely to make any noise in the postseason, the Nets plans were mostly centered around the 2020-2021 season when their biggest free-agent signing Kevin Durant is expected to return from a ruptured Achilles that he suffered in the NBA Finals last year.
Durant who was one of the first players to contract COVID-19 has been sidelined all season for rehab. With the delayed season, some thought the 2-time Finals MVP would return this year but he shut down those rumors immediately.