The Pelicans Vice President of Basketball Operations, David Griffin, has confirmed that three New Orleans Players have tested positive for Coronavirus.
David Griffin says Pelicans as an organization have had 3 players with positive COVID tests but won’t comment on who that is.— Andrew Lopez (@_Andrew_Lopez) June 30, 2020
Names were not revealed but these players are expected to remain in self isolation and are being tested daily. They will be able to return to the team after two days of negative tests.
According to Andrew Lopez from ESPN, these 3 tests were in the original 16 positive tests the league had already announced.
In a press conference, HC Alvin Gentry also revealed that he plans on being in Orlando with his team when the season restarts. Gentry is 65 years old and CDC protocol (which the NBA is following) states that people 65 and older are more likely to get COVID-19.
New Orleans will need all their players back for the Orlando re-start if they really want to make a playoff push in the West. They are currently three and a half games behind the eight seed (Memphis Grizzlies) and have the easiest remaining schedule in the NBA.