Suns workouts continue after report of positive coronavirus tests

Jun 23, 2020, 1:38 PM | Updated: 1:43 pm
The Phoenix Suns stand attended for the national anthem before NBA game against the Sacramento King...
The Phoenix Suns stand attended for the national anthem before NBA game against the Sacramento Kings at Talking Stick Resort Arena on October 23, 2019 in Phoenix, Arizona.(Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)
(Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)

The Phoenix Suns have individual workouts continuing as planned this week, the team confirmed to Arizona Sports.

The Arizona Republic reported Tuesday that two players tested positive for coronavirus, leading to a temporary shutdown of workouts, though it was not reported when the players tested positive or when workouts were canceled.

The Suns would not comment on the report but confirmed there was a workout Tuesday morning and more scheduled for the rest of the week.

Known Suns who have attended workouts at Arizona Veterans Memorial Coliseum include Mikal Bridges, Cam Johnson, Frank Kaminsky III, Ty Jerome, Elie Okobo, Cheick Diallo, Dario Saric, Jalen Lecque and Jevon Carter. They have either posted social media images or been featured in videos of individual workouts at the team’s temporary home.

Jerome, Johnson, Lecque and Carter were working out at the Coliseum on Tuesday, according to their Instagram accounts.

It is not known whether the players who reportedly tested positive had taken part in workouts at the Coliseum.

The NBA’s official testing window for coronavirus cases began Tuesday and runs through June 30 as preparations ramp up for a season to continue at the end of July in Orlando.

A quarantine window of 14 days would in theory allow the Suns players who tested positive to potentially make the trip to Orlando, provided they can test negative and are medically cleared to attend training camp. Teams are expected to arrive at Disney World from July 7-9.

Training camps are scheduled to begin July 11.

Tuesday was also the first day a transaction window opens for teams to fill their rosters of 17 players — 13 active and four inactive — including two players on two-way deals.

Phoenix has 14 players on regular contracts with one open roster spot and an additional two-way contract to use. Forward Kelly Oubre Jr., who will reportedly sit out the eight remaining seeding games due to his meniscus surgery, counts toward that total.

Teams will have the opportunity to replace players who test positive for coronavirus as they navigate a safe return.

The Suns’ reported positive tests come as the Arizona health department reported 3,591 new coronavirus cases, a single-day high, and 42 additional deaths in the state on Tuesday morning.

That increased Arizona’s totals to 58,179 COVID-19 cases and 1,384 deaths.

Here’s a look at the Suns roster at present:

PG: Ricky Rubio, Elie Okobo, Jevon Carter

SG: Devin Booker, Ty Jerome, Jalen Lecque

SF: Mikal Bridges, Cam Johnson, Kelly Oubre (injured)

PF: Dario Saric, Frank Kaminsky, Cheick Diallo

C: Deandre Ayton, Aron Baynes, Tariq Owens (two-way)

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