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Aron Baynes Is Still Stuck In Arizona Ahead Of The NBA Restart

Aron Baynes Is Still Stuck In Arizona Ahead Of The NBA Restart

Aron Baynes is nowhere to be seen.

The Australian is reportedly stuck in Arizona while his Phoenix teammates prepare for the long-awaited NBA restart in Orlando.

It's understood the Suns big man is waiting on more COVID-19 test results after contracting the virus "a while back".

Strict NBA regulations require players to pass two coronavirus tests before entering the safeguarded bubble of Walt Disney World - leaving Baynes waiting nervously for the all-clear.

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He told The Athletic: "After that first test came back showing positive, I went into isolation from everyone.

"I was at the house, but I was isolated in a separate part of it, in a room. The wife would drop off food for me, and we were doing our best.

After initially testing positive for the virus Baynes immediately went into self isolation - meaning his regular training schedule in preparation for the revamped NBA season was thrown into disarray.

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For the Aussie, it was the safety of his family - who also caught the virus - which was his main concern.

"The biggest positive to come out of it was that I was the worst affected," Baynes said.

Aron Baynes of the Phoenix Suns. Credit: PA
Aron Baynes of the Phoenix Suns. Credit: PA

"They all had very minimal symptoms whereas it actually put me on my butt for a good week. I slept for four days straight. I was lucky that it didn't really get beyond that.

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"My family is all testing negative now, but I'm still not. I'm in that protocol where I have the antibodies, so I'm not contagious but I still need those negatives because at the end of the day that's the criteria that the NBA has set up."

The Phoenix Suns kick off the new campaign against the Washington Wizards on August 1.

So even if Baynes gets the nod in the next coming days, the mandatory two-week isolation period upon arrival to the bubble will leave him watching the games from the comfort of his Walt Disney World hotel room.

Or even worse, he could still be trapped in Arizona.

Featured Image Credit: PA

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Max Sherry is a journalist for SPORTbible Australia. After migrating Down Under from London as a teenager, he instantly fell in love with Aussie sport and its culture. From NRL to AFL, cricket to rugby — you name it, Max watches it (with a beer in hand, of course). During his time at Fox Sports, he worked in the football department covering the Premier League, A-League, Socceroos and Matildas. Born a stone's throw away from West Ham's training ground, Max is obviously a die-hard Liverpool fan.