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Aron Baynes (still in Phoenix), Ricky Rubio, reportedly third Suns player tested positive for coronavirus

Two Suns reportedly tested positive for coronavirus at least a month ago.

Now, we know two Suns who tested positive for coronavirus: Aron Baynes (who’s still in Phoenix) and Ricky Rubio.

But in a league where at least 54 players have tested positive and many remain anonymous, it’s difficult to match disclosures with previous reports. That’s definitely true of the Suns, who reportedly had a third player – Elie Okobo? Jalen Lecque? – test positive.

Shams Charania of Stadium:

Phoenix Suns center Aron Baynes (@AronBaynes) tells me on @Stadium that he tested positive for coronavirus and opens up about how virus has impacted life for over a month for him, his wife and kids:

— Shams Charania (@ShamsCharania) July 22, 2020

Duane Rankin of The Arizona Republic:

Ricky Rubio just said he had tested positive with COVID-19 and that Tuesday was his first practice. #Suns

— Duane Rankin (@DuaneRankin) July 22, 2020

Ricky Rubio chose not to reveal when he tested positive, but said his family was in Spain while he was in Phoenix. #Suns

Duane Rankin (@DuaneRankin) July 22, 2020

Ricky Rubio back, Aron Baynes not as they’ve tested positive for COVID-19.

Sources inform @azcentral 3rd #Suns player tested positive for virus. #Suns announce Elie Okobo and Jalen Lecque aren’t with team for “personal reasons” but expect them to join team at “a later date.”

— Duane Rankin (@DuaneRankin) July 22, 2020

Hopefully, all these players are OK.

Phoenix is in the mix for for the final playoff spot in the Western Conference, but only barely.

Rubio goes a long way in giving the Suns a chance. His savvy play has solidified a team that was totally deficient at point guard last season.

Baynes is another veteran contributor who has boosted Phoenix’s rise. But at least the Suns have Deandre Ayton at center if Baynes remains unavailable.

Okobo and Jevon Carter have been splitting backup point-guard duties. Carter can handle those if necessary. A raw rookie, Lecque is in line for more playing time if (when?) the Suns fall from the playoff race.


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