Earlier in the day, All-Star point guard Russell Westbrook posted a statement claiming he had tested positive for Covid-19 prior to his team's departure to Orlando. He's been quarantined since and there's still hope he can return in time for the resumption of the season.
However, there have been plenty of rumors claiming that James Harden has also tested positive for the virus, and while all signs point towards it, the players or media are yet to confirm the news:
Elite Media Group was the first to report the news after rumors flooded the internet for hours after Westbrook's statement. Harden apparently was spotted playing pick up games and throwing parties in Arizona and Houston, where contagious rates have been off the charts lately.
People first suspected both All-Stars had the virus as neither of them traveled with the team to Orlando and weren't available via Zoom to the media over the past couple of weeks either.
Now, Shams Charania reported that a source close to James Harden claimed that he's feeling good and been working out and will join the Houston Rockets once Russell Westbrook is cleared from the virus and able to travel to Orlando.
The Rockets currently hold the 6th seed in the Western Conference with a 40-24 record, the same as the 5th-seeded Oklahoma City Thunder. They're one of the biggest dark horses in the league but their chances would take a massive drop without any of their stars.
Hopefully, both players will make a full recovery and the virus won't have any long-term effect on their bodies (assuming Harden does have it). Player safety and health should be the league's top-priority ahead of the resumption of the season, even if that means canceling it for good.