NBA: Denver coach says Jokic will join Nuggets 'very soon'


Posted at Jul 13 2020 10:52 AM

NBA: Denver coach says Jokic will join Nuggets 'very soon' 1
Nikola Jokic in action during the 2019 FIBA World Cup. FIBA media.

Denver Nuggets forward Nikola Jokic, who tested positive for the novel coronavirus last month, is expected to join the team "very soon" at the Walt Disney World campus in Orlando, Florida.

"Nikola Jokic will be in the bubble very, very soon," Denver coach Michael Malone said, in a report by ESPN

"I know that is a big topic of discussion, when's he going to be here. He will be here very, very soon, and (we're) excited to see him," he added.

Jokic, a member of the First Team All-NBA last season, tested positive for COVID-19 late June, delaying his arrival to the United States. 

ESPN reported that Jokic has "since tested negative, something he would have to do twice before leaving Serbia and then twice again in the United States." The Serbian big man will have to quarantine for two days upon arrival at the "bubble" before he can join team activities.

Jokic, 25, was averaging 20.2 points, 10.2 rebounds, and 6.9 assists for the Nuggets when the season was halted in March. 

Denver is third in the Western Conference with a 43-22 record, behind the Los Angeles Lakers and the Los Angeles Clippers.

The NBA season will restart on on July 30.

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