After meeting someone who tested positive for COVID-19, Brooklyn Nets star Kevin Durant faces a seven-day quarantine that will force him to miss the next four games, sources told ESPN.
After losing four out of five games and falling below 500, the Nets are required to play a series of games starting Tuesday against Utah and continuing through Thursday (Philadelphia), Friday (Memphis) and Sunday (Oklahoma City) without Durant get along.
As long as Durant continues to test negative for the coronavirus, he can return against the Denver Nuggets on Jan. 12.
Durant, who had COVID-19 in May, has continued to register coronavirus antibodies and tested negative for the virus three times in the past few days.
Family members and close contacts of NBA players may be tested regularly for the coronavirus. Once a person tests positive, the player enters contact tracing / quarantine logs.
The NBA’s COVID-19 protocols do not differentiate between players with antibodies and those without antibodies.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, antibodies are “proteins that help ward off infection and protect against recurrence.” Scientists still aren’t sure what level of immunity antibodies will offer against re-infection.
Durant, who missed the 2019-20 season with an Achilles injury, had a hot offensive start averaging 28.2 points, 7 rebounds and 4.8 assists.