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Another Heat Player Tests Positive For COVID-19, Forces Team Facilities To Shut Down

Steve Mitchell, USA-TODAY Sports

Just a week after Derrick Jones Jr. tested positive for COVID-19, an unknown Miami Heat player has been linked to the virus, according to multiple sources.

The Heat, along with other teams involved in the NBA’s resumption at Orlando, have been testing players on an every-other-day basis in preparation for their July 8 bus trip to Disney. Everyone involved will be mandated to quarantine in their hotel rooms — Heat will be at the Gran Destino Tower — until each person brings back two negative tests for COVID-19 at least 24 hours apart from each other. Soon after, Miami will be allowed to start training camp and settle into what will be home for nearly two months, depending on how far they make it in the postseason.

In addition to the testing, teams opened up mandatory individual workouts at their practice facility. However, for safety precaution, the Heat have closed their team’s facilities at American AirlinesArena.

Miami joins the Denver Nuggets and Los Angeles Clippers as teams to have closed its facilities after recent positive tests.

The unknown player will have the option to opt-out of playing in the league’s return and still receive their full contract. Miami has the opportunity to sign any free agent if he does choose to stay home.

Despite the closing of team facilities, the Heat will continue their testing until they head out to Disney.

Michael Yero covers all of South Florida’s major pro teams, along with high school sports for 305 Sports. He also covers sports for Immaculata-La Salle High School’s student newspaper, the Royal Courier.

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