Celtics forward Jaylen Brown on Friday tested positive for COVID-19 and is now in quarantine, the team announced.
Brown will miss Saturday night’s preseason game against the Raptors at TD Garden. His 10-day quarantine period began on Friday, putting him in position to potentially return to the court on Oct. 18. The Celtics open the regular season against the Knicks at Madison Square Garden on Oct. 20.
It’s unclear whether Brown has received a COVID-19 vaccine, and a team spokesperson on Friday declined to comment, citing privacy issues.
Over the past few weeks, Brown has spoken positively about the idea of getting a vaccine. He said all of his close family members have been vaccinated and he commended the NBA for the strides it has taken to get more than 90 percent of its players vaccinated.
But he never stated definitively that he was vaccinated.
“I think it’s a personal decision,” Brown said. “I have my own thoughts about it, but I respect my teammates’ decisions and things like that. I know everybody has their own opinion about it, but I think it’s a personal choice.”
Brown, a first-time All-Star last year, missed the end of last season after undergoing surgery to repair a torn ligament in his left wrist. He said he has been dealing with some mild wrist soreness this year, but that did not stop him from erupting for 25 points in 26 minutes in Boston’s preseason opener against the Magic on Monday night.