Two players from the Lakers reportedly tested positive for the COVID-19 virus on Thursday, according to The Athletic’s Shams Charania.
The team released a statement confirming the report, but did not name the players who tested positive. The Lakers have asked all players and members of the staff to follow local health guidelines to self-quarantine at home.
“We learned today that two Lakers players have tested positive,” the team said in the statement. “Both players are currently asymptomatic, in quarantine and under the care of the team’s physician.”
The Lakers confirmed that the majority of the players were tested on Wednesday for the coronavirus. Published reports Wednesday also stated that testing was held at a place located near the team’s practice facility in El Segundo, Calif.
The tests occurred once it was revealed that four Nets players, including Kevin Durant, tested positive for the virus. The Lakers played the Nets on March 11 at Staples Center.
According to Charania’s report, players who did not take the test secured by the team will have to undergo further evaluation to diagnose whether they have the virus.
The Celtics also said one of their players tested positive for the coronavirus after testing was done because of exposure to a known positive case. Though the Celtics did not reveal that player’s identity, Boston guard Marcus Smart tweeted Thursday he tested positive five days ago.
The NBA now has 10 players who are known to have tested positive.
Also on Thursday, three unnamed individuals from the 76ers’ who are either players, coaches or members of the basketball operations staff also tested positive. The Nuggets released a statement that a person had experienced symptoms consistent with the coronavirus on Monday and is undergoing medical care in self-isolation.
In addition to Smart and Durant, the other players who said they have the virus include Rudy Gobert and Donovan Mitchell of the Jazz, along with the Pistons’ Christian Wood.