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Wilson Chandler to sit out resumed NBA season, indicates coronavirus is reason

Brooklyn Nets

Brooklyn Nets forward Wilson Chandler has informed the team he will not be taking part in the resumption of the season in Orlando, and it sounds like he is the first player in the NBA to back out due to coronavirus concerns.

Chandler told ESPN’s Malika Andrews on Sunday that he has made the difficult decision to not join his teammates in Orlando. The 33-year-old cited “the health and well being of my family” as the reason.

Chandler appeared in 35 games and made three starts for Brooklyn this season. He averaged 5.9 points and 4.1 rebounds per game. The Nets are currently in seventh place in the Eastern Conference and have a strong chance of making the playoffs, but they are extremely shorthanded with Kyrie Irving and Kevin Durant both out. The loss of Chandler will hurt their depth even further.

Several NBA players have now opted out of the resumed season in Orlando for a variety of reasons. The NBA announced this week that 16 of 302 players who were tested for COVID-19 tested positive.

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