Indiana Pacers guard Malcolm Brogdon tested positive for coronavirus on Wednesday.
“I recently tested positive for the COVID virus and am currently in quarantine. I’m doing well, feeling well and progressing well. I plan to join my teammates in Orlando for the resumption of the NBA season and playoffs,” Brogdon said in a statement that the NBA released.
The news comes out as the Pacers were getting ready for the NBA’s restart on Oakland. They began testing their players on Tuesday before their travel to Oakland for 5 on 5 practice before the season’s restart. But they will have to do without their guard Brogdon, who will go into quarantine.
Brogdon joined the Pacers only last summer from Milwaukee Bucks. He started his career with the Bucks in 2016 through the NBA draft. Coming in as a second-round pick in the draft, Brogdon finished as the Rookie of the Year. Last season, he became the eighth player in the NBA history to get into the 50-40-90 club.
Last summer, he moved to Indiana, signing a four-year contract with them. He had a great start to the season with his new team registering double-doubles in each of his first four games. He played 48 games in the season for the Pacers prior to the league’s suspension averaging 16.3 points, 4.7 rebounds, and 7.1 assists per game.
The Pacers were having a decent season before the suspension with a 0.600 record. They were fifth in the Eastern Conference with 39 wins and 26 losses. As the league is set for a return in July, they would be aiming for a decent playoff run.
Since the NBA announced the restart of the season, a few players have been against it. The major reason was the ongoing issues in the society. The announcement from NBA restart came not long after the death of George Floyd. With nation-wide protests against racial discrimination, a few players believed the league’s restart would shift the focus from these issues.