Detroit Pistons forward Christian Wood has tested positive for coronavirus, a person familiar with the situation told USA TODAY Sports on Saturday night.
The person requested anonymity because he was not authorized to speak publicly about the sensitive nature of the situation.
“A player on the Detroit Pistons, who is under the care of team medical staff and in self-isolation since Wednesday night, was tested for COVID-19. A preliminary positive result came back on March 14,” the team said in a statement.
“The health and safety of our players, our organization, those throughout our league, and all those potentially impacted by this situation is paramount. We are working closely with team medical staff, state and local government and public health officials and the NBA on reporting. The individual will remain in isolation and under the care of team medical staff.”
This brings the number of NBA players who tested positive to three, including Utah’s Rudy Gobert and Donovan Mitchell. Wood is the first non-Jazz player to test positive, widening the potential scope of the outbreak. The Pistons played the Jazz at Little Caesars Arena in Detroit on March 7.
It is not known how Wood contracted the virus, but the Pistons have played the New York Knicks and Philadelphia 76ers since playing the Jazz. Wood scored 30 points against the Jazz and had 32 points four nights later against the 76ers.
According to nba.com/stats data from that Jazz-Pistons game, Wood and Gobert were matched up for approximately 10 minutes. Gobert shot 1-for-2 with Wood guarding him, and Wood was 1-for-6 with Gobert guarding him.
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