The Brooklyn Nets just signed Michael Beasley, who tested positive for COVID-19.
Many Brooklyn Nets fans didn’t think signing Michael Beasley was a great move even though only about half the team would be coming back for the NBA restart in Disney World, but the deal isn’t working out for other reasons.
According to the latest, Beasley has tested positive for COVID-19 and has left the Orlando bubble. The Nets are down another guy, again.
Who will they sign next?
It’s unclear what the exact protocol will be when players test positive, in terms of where they’ll go and when they can return, but one can guess those who do will be away from the bubble for a significant amount of time as to not a bigger outbreak.
For some insight, Nets GM Sean Marks told reporters last week that he had to pass a physical and then test negative six consecutive times for COVID-19 before joining the team at practice.
It took only five days for this deal to blow up in the Nets’ face after they were hit with the news that Spencer Dinwiddie, DeAndre Jordan and Taurean Prince also wouldn’t be joining the team in Orlando (in addition to Kyrie Irving and Kevin Durant).
In addition to Beasley, the Nets signed Jamal Crawford and Tyler Johnson to make up for the losses, but it’s clear they’ll be the most disadvantaged team once the season commences. However, Beasley and Crawford were expected to inject some offense into a roster that has lost so much of it.
Then again, those two haven’t been in the league and up to speed in quite some time, so it’s unclear exactly how much they would’ve been able to contribute. Truth be told, it won’t be a pretty return for the Nets, and fans will just have to wait until next year when KD and Kyrie are back and the franchise find its new head coach.