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Heat’s Scrimmage Schedule Released; Third Player Tests Positive For COVID-19

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Prior to the resumption of the 2019-20 season, the NBA has scheduled three scrimmage games for the Miami Heat starting July 22 and ending July 28.

The league released its schedule Saturday afternoon, listing the Heat’s practice games against the Sacramento Kings on July 22 at 8 p.m., Utah Jazz on July 25 at 4 p.m. and Memphis Grizzlies on July 28 at 2 p.m. All scrimmages will be played at Disney’s Wide World of Sports Complex, varying from all three of its venues.

According to an NBA spokesman, there’s no official word if the scrimmages will be nationally televised. Fox Sports Sun does plan to broadcast as many Heat games as the league permits, the Miami Herald’s Anthony Chiang reported. Further information is expected to be announced at a later date.

The Heat, along with the other 22 teams involved in the Orlando bubble, had their three scrimmage opponents scheduled to be in opposite conferences or unlikely to meet in the first round of the postseason.

Third Player Tests Positive For COVID-19

With less than a week until the Miami Heat travel to Disney World, another player has tested positive for COVID-19, according to multiple sources.

Another unknown player was linked to the virus on Friday, leading to a closure to the Heat’s practice facility at American AirlinesArena. Despite the closing of team facilities, the Heat will continue their testing until they head out to Disney.

Last week, Derrick Jones Jr. was the first Heat player to have publicly tested positive for the virus. Jones has remained asymptomatic and is expected to travel with the Heat for their projected July 8 bus trip to Disney’s Wide World of Sports campus. Along with the 23-year-old, a staff member tested positive for the virus.

The NBA began mandatory testing players for COVID-19 last Tuesday, anticipating that those who test positive will have enough time to recover and return to their teams by the leagues scheduled July 30 return to play.

Everyone involved in the leagues return 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.

Both players will not be traveling with the team to Orlando and plan to join the team after testing negative for COVID-19 twice, according to Five Reasons Sports Network. The pair of players intend to play in Miami’s eight “seeding” games, beginning with an August 1 contest against the Denver Nuggets.

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