Detroit Pistons forward Christian Wood has tested positive for the coronavirus, a league source told ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski.
Wood, 24, is the third known player in the NBA to have a positive test for the virus, along with Utah Jazz players Rudy Gobert and Donovan Mitchell.
The Pistons issued a statement later Saturday confirming a player had tested positive but did not identify him by name. The team said the player would “remain in isolation and under the care of team medical staff.”
Wood scored 30 points in last Saturday’s 111-105 loss to the visiting Jazz. According to Second Spectrum data, Wood and Gobert matched up in the half court 63 times in that game. With 5 minutes, 51 seconds left, there was a confrontation between the two in which Detroit’s Bruce Brown was also involved. Gobert and Brown were issued double technical fouls.
Gobert became the first NBA player to test positive for the coronavirus shortly before tipoff of Wednesday’s game in Oklahoma City against the Thunder. A short time later, the game was postponed, and within hours the NBA suspended its season for a minimum of 30 days.
Mitchell tested positive for the virus later Wednesday.
Teams that played the Jazz recently — including the Pistons, Cleveland Cavaliers and Boston Celtics — were expected to self-isolate through at least this weekend. The Toronto Raptors — the last team to play Utah, on Monday in Salt Lake City — had their entire travel party tested Wednesday night and into the early hours of Thursday morning, with all of the tests coming back negative.
Wood is averaging 13.1 points and 6.3 rebounds this season. On Wednesday, he had career-high 32 points and seven rebounds against the 76ers in the final game before the league suspended the season.