Denver Nuggets All-Star centre Nikola Jokic has reportedly tested positive for 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.
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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.
This morning, Djokovic positive.— Tim Reynolds (@ByTimReynolds) June 23, 2020
This afternoon, per ESPN, Jokic positive.
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.
Djokovic apologises for ill-fated event
Djokovic tested positive for the coronavirus on Tuesday after taking part in a tennis exhibition series he organised in Serbia and Croatia.
The top-ranked Serb is the fourth player to test positive for the virus after first playing in Belgrade and then again last weekend in Zadar, Croatia. His wife also tested positive.
“The moment we arrived in Belgrade we went to be tested. My result is positive, just as Jelena's, while the results of our children are negative,” Djokovic said in a statement.
“Everything we did in the past month, we did with a pure heart and sincere intentions.
“Our tournament meant to unite and share a message of solidarity and compassion throughout the region.”
Djokovic, who has previously said he was against taking a vaccine for the virus even if it became mandatory to travel, was the face behind the Adria Tour, a series of exhibition events that started in the Serbian capital and then moved to Zadar.
He left Croatia after the final was cancelled and was tested in Belgrade. Despite the positive test, he defended the exhibition series.
“It was all born with a philanthropic idea, to direct all raised funds towards people in need and it warmed my heart to see how everybody strongly responded to this,” Djokovic said.
“We organised the tournament at the moment when the virus has weakened, believing that the conditions for hosting the Tour had been met.
“Unfortunately, this virus is still present, and it is a new reality that we are still learning to cope and live with.”