Despite having tested positive for COVID-19, Spencer Dinwiddie hasn’t given up hope of joining the Nets for the NBA restart. He’s slowly recovering from the virus and taking steps toward getting on the court.
“Day 10 update: The sinus pressure headaches when I get up are starting to subside. But I was a lil too bullish on the bike,” Dinwiddie shared on Twitter, along with an emoji that was sweating but still smiling. “Got dizzy and felt weak smh. But if I can get a negative test tomorrow then they’re gonna get me back on court Tuesday.”
The Nets announced last Sunday that both Dinwiddie and DeAndre Jordan had tested positive, with Jordan having ruled himself out of the NBA restart in Disney. The Nets will add a replacement player for Jordan, but GM Sean Marks said Dinwiddie is on the travel party list.
The Nets head to Orlando on Tuesday and enter quarantine in Disney. Dinwiddie would be required by the NBA to have two negative tests before he could even travel. His hope is to be able to fly with the team to Florida, because traveling separately will complicate matters.
“Protocol only calls for 7 days and negative tests not the 14 day standard,” Dinwiddie tweeted of the shorter one-week quarantine. “Yep, the plan would be to fly to Orlando after workout. For players that show up late, it might make it difficult to resume season at all due to more rigorous testing requirements.”
Players traveling separately from their teams have to pay their own way. If they fly charter or travel by car, they have to have two negative test before they even enter the bubble, while commercial travel necessitates three straight negative tests.
Dinwiddie is averaging career-highs of 20.6 points and 6.8 assists, and would be a huge loss should he be unable to play. More playmaking burden would fall on two-way player Chris Chiozza.
“With Spencer, I hope he can play. I hope he feels better,” Chiozza said. “But if not, I’ll be ready to take on those extra minutes.”
Chiozza was a plus-29 while scoring eight points to go with four assists and three rebounds in the March 3 comeback OT win at Boston, and added a career-high 14 points the next game vs. Memphis.