Brooklyn Nets star Kevin Durant is facing a week-long quarantine as part of the league’s health and safety protocols after coming in contact with someone who tested positive for COVD-19, sources told ESPN.
Durant is set to miss games against Utah, Philadelphia, Memphis and Oklahoma City.
Durant, who has Covid-19 in May, has continued to register coronavirus antibodies, sources said. By Monday afternoon, Durant had tested three times negative for coronavirus, sources said.
According to the Center for Disease Control, antibodies are “proteins that help fight infection and protect against recurrence.” Scientists are still unsure of the degree to which immune antibodies give re-infection. The NBA’s Covid-19 protocol does not distinguish between players with antibodies and those who do not.
Durant, who completely lost the 2019-20 season by recovering from Aceles injury, has made his debut in all six games of the net this year. He averaged 28.2 points, 7 rebounds and 4.8 assists per game in 34 minutes of play.
After a loss to the Atlanta Hawks and the Washington Wizards, the Nets struggled with a strong start to the season, coming in 3-4-4.