Jokic NBA return delayed by COVID-19

Denver Nuggets' Nikola Jokic has remained in Serbia longer than expected due to COVID-19

Denver Nuggets All-Star centre Nikola Jokic reportedly tested positive for the coronavirus in Serbia, delaying his return to the United States in the lead-up to the NBA season restart.

Jokic was scheduled to return to Denver this week.

According to ESPN, Jokic has been asymptomatic since testing positive last week.

Per the report, he is expected to be cleared to travel to Denver within a week.

Jokic, 25, was in Belgrade for an exhibition game on June 15.

One of the players who participated in the game, and was later seen in close proximity to Jokic, tested positive soon after.

Tennis star Novak Djokovic, who was also sitting next to Jokic at the event, announced he had tested positive on Tuesday.

NBA players who left their home team market were scheduled to return to their pro team market on June 15 for testing.

Jokic was granted an exception by the NBA to stay in Sombor.

All other players are due to report on Tuesday, per the terms of the NBA and NBPA agreement, as the league begins advanced preparation for the resumption of the 2019-2020 season.

Mandatory individual workouts in home markets begin on July 1.

The Nuggets are 43-22, third in the Western Conference, as the NBA season resumes.