According to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski, a member of the Clippers’ Orlando travel party has tested positive for coronavirus. As a result, the Clippers have closed their practice facility to prevent potential spread.

The Clippers are scheduled to travel to Orlando next Wednesday, July 8th. Each NBA team is allowed to bring a 37-member travel party, including 17 players, their coaching staff, support staff, and any additional staff up to the 37-person limit.

The phrasing of Woj’s tweet suggests that the positive test could be for a non-player, but could also be the result of the organization leaking intentionally vague information so as to protect the privacy of their players and employees.

Hopefully, further contact tracing and testing among the Clippers will show this to be an isolated case, and the person affected can make a speedy and full recovery. In the meantime, the Clippers made the right move in shutting down their practice facility until they have a full grasp on the situation and can ensure the safety of players and staff moving forward.

Lucas Hann

Lucas Hann

Lucas has covered the Clippers since 2011, and has been credentialed by the team since 2014. He co-founded 213Hoops with Robert Flom in January 2020.  He is a graduate of Saugus High School in Santa Clarita, CA and St. John's University in Queens, NY.  He earned his MA in Communication and Rhetorical Studies from Syracuse University.