Former Charlotte Hornets’ forward tests positive for COVID-19

Detroit Pistons Christian Wood. (Photo by Duane Burleson/Getty Images)
Detroit Pistons Christian Wood. (Photo by Duane Burleson/Getty Images) /

As the NBA works to prevent players from catching COVID-19, the Charlotte Hornets found out that one of their former players has caught the virus.

For the past three days, the Charlotte Hornets have remained vigilant during this time of panic throughout the league. While no players on the team have tested positive for the virus, one Hornet has.

Before Saturday, the NBA was only aware of two Utah Jazz players that had COVID-19. However, on Saturday, Shams Charania of The Athletic, reported that former Hornets forward, Christian Wood, tested positive for COVID-19.

Wood had one of the best games of his career last Saturday night for the Detroit Pistons. In this game, he primarily played against Rudy Gobert, and this could be how Wood contracted the virus.

Luckily, Wood has not shown any symptoms of the virus, and he’s doing well. With proper medical care, Wood should be okay with rest. Wood was one of many players who have recently played against Gobert and the Utah Jazz.

Wood is having the second-best season of his career with the Pistons, as he’s averaging 13.1 points and 6.3 rebounds per game. With significant injuries and past trades affecting the Pistons’ rotation, Wood has taken advantage of the playing time that he’s been given.

As a former Hornet, Wood only played in Charlotte for one season, and he only appeared in 12 games. During the 2016-17 season with the Hornets, Wood averaged 2.7 points and 2.2 rebounds per game.

All fans can do is support Wood during this tough time. Since Wood is the third player to contract the virus, the NBA can only hope that other players were not infected with it.

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With this news, the 30-day suspension of the NBA’s regular season is still on. While the timeframe is considered to be a minimum number, the NBA could raise that number if more players have the virus.