Denver Nuggets NBA center Nikola Jokic tested positive for the coronavirus in Serbia and his return to the United States to join his team is temporarily delayed, sources told ESPN on Tuesday.
Jokic, who tested positive last week and has been asymptomatic, is expected to receive clearance to travel to Denver within a week, the sources said.
Jokic lost 40 pounds and transformed his body during the league break from the coronavirus pandemic. This season, Jokic has averaged 20.2 points, 10.2 rebounds, and 6.9 assists.
He spent time with tennis star Novak Djokovic, a Serbian countryman, at a recent event in Belgrade. Djokovic said Tuesday that he also tested positive for the coronavirus.
The Nuggets (43-22) are the third seed in the Western Conference behind the Los Angeles Lakers and LA Clippers.
NBA teams, including the Nuggets, returned to the team’s facility Tuesday to begin testing protocols before traveling to Orlando July 7-9 to begin formal training camps.
Nuggets coach Michael Malone recently revealed he tested positive for the coronavirus during the league’s hiatus.