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The latest news and updates on suspended NBA season

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On Thursday, March 12, the NBA announced that the 2019-20 season has been suspended in response to the coronavirus pandemic.

There's still a lot that is unknown at this point, particularly when it comes to if and when the season will resume.

We will continue to update this file as and when new information becomes available.

Monday, March 30: Marcus Smart is Coronavirus-free

Boston Celtics guard Marcus Smart announced via Twitter that he had been free of Coronavirus for the last two days and had been cleared by the Massachusetts Department of Health.

Sunday, March 29: James Dolan tests positive for COVID-19

New York Knicks owner James Dolan has tested positive for coronavirus and is currently in self-isolation after showing little to no symptoms.

Saturday, March 28: Utah Jazz provide an update

The Jazz released a statement to say that the Utah Department of Health has determined that "all Jazz players and staff, including two who tested positive for the novel Coronavirus, no longer pose a risk of infection to others."

Friday, March 27: Update on Christian Wood

According to Shams Charania of The Athletic, Christian Wood of the Detroit Pistons has been cleared from the coronavirus.

Wood was reported as being the third NBA player to test positive for COVID-19.

Friday, March 27: Curry to host Q&A with Dr. Fauci

On Friday, Golden State Warriors star Stephen Curry will host a Q&A with Dr. Anthony Fauci of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) to talk about all things COVID-19.

You can submit questions on Twitter or Curry's Instagram story with #SCASKSFAUCI.

Thursday, March 26: KAT reveals his mother is in a medically-induced coma

Minnesota Timberwolves big man Karl-Anthony Towns announced in a YouTube video that his mother is currently in a medically-induced coma after showing symptoms of coronavirus, pleading with fans to take the issue seriously and practice safe measures.

"This disease needs to not be taken lightly," Towns said. "Please protect your families, your loved ones, your friends, yourself. Practice social distancing. Please don't be in places with a lot of people; it just heightens your chances of getting this disease, and this disease ... it's deadly."

Friday, March 20: Multiple teams announce positive tests

The Lakers (two) and Celtics (one) announce that players have returned positive tests for coronavirus, while a member of the Nuggets' organisation and three members of the 76ers have also returned a positive test.

Each person is currently under the care of team medical staff and in self-isolation.

Thursday, March 19: Adam Silver provides an update

In a televised interview with Rachel Nichols on ESPN, NBA Commissioner Adam Silver provided his comment on several issues.

Here are some of the biggest points he mentioned:

"Maybe it's for a giant fundraiser or just for the collective good of the people," Silver said while mentioning that the league was considering a one-off exhibition/charity game. "You take a subset of players and is there a protocol in which they can be tested and quarantined and isolated in some way. ... People are stuck at home. They need a diversion. They need to be entertained."

"I don't have a good enough sense of how long a period this [suspension of the 2019-20 season] is going to be," Silver said when asked on when and how NBA play could resume. "I'm optimistic by nature and I want to believe that we'll be able to salvage at least some portion of this season."

"I'm not there yet. We'll figure it out. I hope I'm not just in denial, but I'm just not there yet," Silver said when asked about how the league would hand out the regular season awards when play resumes.

Thursday, March 19: Tests of all Oklahoma City Thunder players/staff come back negative

The Thunder announced that all COVID-19 tests of their players and staff have come back negative.

Wednesday, March 18: Brooklyn Nets, Los Angeles Lakers release statements

The Nets announced that four players have tested positive for the COVID-19 virus. One player is said to be exhibiting symptoms while the three others are asymptomatic.

Later in the same day, the Lakers released a statement saying they have been in immediate contact with the team's players and basketball operations staff members in wake of four players on the Nets testing positive.

Brooklyn's last game before the league suspension was against the Lakers.

Friday, March 13: Adam Silver speaks

In addition to releasing a letter to fans, in which he addressed an outline for the future of the season, NBA commissioner Adam Silver went on TNT's "Inside the NBA" to make his first public comments since the league suspended play.

"What we determined today is that this hiatus will be, most likely, at least 30 days," Silver said.

Silver added that "this literally changes hour-by-hour in terms of what we know."

Thursday, March 12: NBA season suspended

The NBA announced that a player on the Utah Jazz had preliminarily tested positive for COVID-19 and that game play following the conclusion of the night's schedule of games would be suspended until further notice.

The NBA said it would use the hiatus to determine next steps for moving forward in regard to the coronavirus pandemic.

The G League followed suit in suspending its season.

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