Nets' Michael Beasley tests positive for COVID-19, roster status in question

John Healy
July 14, 2020 - 5:28 pm
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The Brooklyn Nets just cannot seem to catch a break. 

Five days after the team signed Michael Beasley to help add depth to their depleted roster, his status is up in the air after he tested positive for coronavirus.

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Per NBA Insider Shams Charania, Beasley has left the Orlando bubble to return home following his positive test and it is uncertain if he will be on the roster.

Beasley, 31, is the eighth Nets player to test positive for COVID-19. He was signed by Brooklyn on July 9 as a substitute player because so many players on the team opted out of the season, after either testing positive or being unwilling to take the risk.

The Nets are also without stars Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving due to injuries.

Even if Beasley were to become healthy enough to return, he would still have to serve a five-game suspension for violating the NBA’s drug policy last April. Beasley has yet to serve the suspension because he did not play in the NBA this past season, instead playing in the Chinese Basketball Association.

In addition to Beasley, the Nets have also signed veterans Jamal Crawford and Lance Thomas as substitute players. They also reportedly have interest in Justin Anderson, who spent time with the team and their G-League affiliate on Long Island.

The Nets are scheduled to play at least eight games before the playoff tournament seeds are set, with the first game July 31 against the Orlando Magic.

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