How Red Claws are connected to coronavirus as NBA G League suspends season

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The repercussions of an NBA player testing positive for coronavirus may be felt up in Maine.

The NBA announced Wednesday night it has suspended the 2019-20 season after Jazz center Rudy Gobert tested positive for COVID-19 prior to Utah’s game against the Oklahoma City Thunder.

The NBA G League soon followed suit, suspending its own season early Thursday morning.

How could the Boston Celtics‘ G League affiliate, the Maine Red Claws, be connected to the coronavirus outbreak? Celtics center Vincent Poirier and guard Carsen Edwards both were in Utah for Boston’s Feb. 26 game against Gobert’s Jazz and were assigned to Maine eight days later on March 6.

The NBA reportedly has asked players on Utah’s opponents over the last 10 days — the Celtics (who hosted the Jazz on March 6), Cleveland Cavaliers, New York Knicks, Detroit Pistons and Toronto Raptors — to self-quarantine as a precaution in case they contracted the virus from Gobert.

While the Celtics’ Feb. 26 game in Utah doesn’t fall in that 10-day window, Poirier apparently went to dinner with fellow Frenchman Gobert on March 5 in Boston prior to joining the Red Claws, according to Forbes’ Chris Grenham.

Poirier then played for the Red Claws in Portland on Friday night against the Grand Rapids Drive. He has been with Maine since, while Edwards returned to the Celtics and joined Boston for its trip to Indiana to play the Pacers on Tuesday.

Neither the G League nor the Red Claws had directed players to self-quarantine as of Thursday morning, but it’s still wise for the G League to suspend operations considering the number of players who regularly go back and forth between NBA clubs and their affiliates.

Several Celtics players have spent significant time in Maine this season, including Poirier, Edwards, Tacko Fall, Romeo Langford and Tremont Waters.

How Red Claws are connected to coronavirus as NBA G League suspends season originally appeared on NBC Sports Boston