MANILA, Philippines (UPDATED) – Christian Wood became the third victim of the coronavirus in the NBA as reports said the Detroit Pistons player tested positive on Saturday, March 14 (Sunday, March 15, Manila time).
According to The Athletic reporter Shams Charania, Wood is asymptomatic and is “doing well.”
The Pistons, without identifying Wood, later issued a statement confirming that one of their players had tested positive.
Woods’ agent Adam Pensack told the Detroit News on Saturday that his client is the one, adding “he feels 100% fine.”
“A player on the Detroit Pistons, who is under the care of team medical staff and in self-isolation since Wednesday night, was tested for COVID-19,” the Pistons said in a statement. “A preliminary positive result came back on March 14.
“The health and safety of our players, our organization, those throughout our league, and all those potentially impacted by this situation is paramount. We are working closely with team medical staff, state and local government and public health officials and the NBA on reporting. The individual will remain in isolation and under the care of team medical staff.”
The 24-year-old forward experienced flu-like symptoms before playing in Wednesday’ game against the Philadelphia 76ers.
This marks the third positive test for coronavirus in the NBA — and the first franchise besides Gobert’s and Donovan Mitchell’s in Utah. Wood has had a career season and is in line for a strong free-agent contract. https://t.co/ShtooDGFSB
This marks the third positive test for coronavirus in the NBA — and the first franchise besides Gobert’s and Donovan Mitchell’s in Utah. Wood has had a career season and is in line for a strong free-agent contract. https://t.co/ShtooDGFSB— Shams Charania (@ShamsCharania) March 15, 2020
The Pistons are the first franchise outside Utah with a player infected with the virus.
The Jazz faced the Pistons on the road on March 8 before their last game against the Toronto Raptors. (READ: Raptors test negative for coronavirus, one result pending)
With the Pistons on the list of the Jazz’s last 5 games, the team worked closely with team doctors and public officials, and also took safety measures by disinfecting their stadium.
The Detroit Pistons are working closely with team doctors and public officials regarding COVID-19 and the news overnight that a Utah Jazz player had preliminarily tested positive for COVID-19 and the NBA has suspended game play until further notice.
The Detroit Pistons are working closely with team doctors and public officials regarding COVID-19 and the news overnight that a Utah Jazz player had preliminarily tested positive for COVID-19 and the NBA has suspended game play until further notice.— Detroit Pistons (@DetroitPistons) March 12, 2020
Wood, who is in his first season with the Pistons, scored a career-high 32 points against the Sixers on Wednesday.
That was the same evening that Gobert’s diagnosis with COVID-19 prompted the NBA to suspend its season indefinitely.
Until the NBA season was suspended, Wood was averaging 13.1 points, 6.3 rebounds and 1.0 assists.
On Thursday, the Pistons said that all of their players, coaches and staff would “self-isolate until further notice.”
The Pistons, Cleveland Cavaliers, Boston Celtics and the Toronto Raptors all played games against the Jazz recently. – With a report from Agence France-Presse