NBA Informs Utah Jazz, Teams Of Coronavirus Guidelines

Mar 12, 2020, 5:29 PM
NEW YORK, NY - MARCH 12: An NBA logo is shown at the 5th Avenue NBA store (Photo by Jeenah Moon/Get...
NEW YORK, NY - MARCH 12: An NBA logo is shown at the 5th Avenue NBA store (Photo by Jeenah Moon/Getty Images)
(Photo by Jeenah Moon/Getty Images)

SALT LAKE CITY, Utah – The NBA has informed all 30 of its franchises, including to the Utah Jazz of its upcoming guidelines amid the coronavirus pandemic. The league announced yesterday that all games have been suspended until further notice after Jazz center Rudy Gobert tested positive for the virus. Jazz guard Donovan Mitchell became the second NBA player to test positive Wednesday morning.

Franchises have been instructed to hold off on all group workouts and practices, preventing any organization from continuing to work together while other teams may find themselves in quarantine. Additionally, NBA players are not allowed to travel outside of the market of the team they play for.

Jazz players who were not infected with the illness flew back to Utah Wednesday where they must remain until at least March 16.

Players are instructed to remain in their homes as long as possible while team physicians will be required to make contact with each player on the roster daily.

The guidelines appear to be an attempt from the NBA to buy time while further measures are examined throughout the weekend.

While NBA fans shouldn’t expect the league to relaunch its nightly games anytime soon, the abbreviated guideline may provide hope that the league plans to finish the season rather than canceling it outright.

While that will likely remain an option for the NBA in the direst consequences, the league’s willingness to reexamine its position beginning next weeks implies the fluidity of the situation.

Without a clear source of exposure for either Gobert or Mitchell, it’s possible the league doesn’t yet know how many players and teams have come into contact with the Jazz duo since they became infected.

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