Brooklyn has been devastated by injuries, illness and defections as teams head to Orlando for the league’s resumption. Earlier on Tuesday, Nets guard Spencer Dinwiddie revealed he wouldn’t rejoin the Nets after testing positive for COVID-19 a second time.
A handful of other Nets players were ruled out in earlier weeks. Superstars Kevin Durant (Achilles) and Kyrie Irving (shoulder) won’t participate. Nicolas Claxton (shoulder) is also injured, while Wilson Chandler has decided to sit out for family reasons and DeAndre Jordan opted out after contracting COVID-19.
Prince did not opt out of playing, but his late positive test put his chances of recovering in time to return to action in jeopardy, Wojnarowski adds in another tweet. In his first season with the Nets after being traded last offseason by the Hawks, Prince averaged 12.1 PPG and 6.0 RPG in 64 games.
The Nets now have three open slots for substitute players, Bobby Marks of ESPN notes in a tweet. Brooklyn will have to rely heavily on Caris LeVert, Joe Harris and Jarrett Allen as it tries to hold onto a playoff spot during the eight-game seeding round.