NBA announces nine more players test positive for COVID-19

NBA commissioner Adam Silver. (Tony Dejak/AP)

An additional nine NBA players have tested positive for COVID-19 after the latest round of testing, the league announced Thursday.

Three hundred and forty-four players were tested between June 24-29, according to an NBA release. The nine new cases bring the total up to 25 since testing began on June 23.

In addition to the players, the NBA announced 10 team staff members have tested positive out of 884 tests.

Any player, coach or team staff member who tested positive will remain in self-isolation until they satisfy public health protocols for discontinuing isolation and have been cleared by a physician.

NBA players reported to their home cities (with the exception of the Toronto Raptors, who travelled to Fort Myers, Fla.,) for mandatory COVID-19 testing on June 23. The teams will all travel to a bubble site in Orlando between July 7-9 and after a quarantine period will begin training camps.

The regular season — which will see each of the returning teams play eight more games for playoff seeding — will begin July 30.

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