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Raptors' Fred VanVleet says he tested positive for COVID-19

Toronto Raptors' Fred VanVleet looks on during a coach's challenge in the first half of an NBA basketball game against the Boston Celtics in Lake Buena Vista, Fla., on Aug. 7, 2020. THE ASSOCIATED PRESS/Ashley Landis, Pool

Toronto Raptors guard Fred VanVleet says he tested positive for COVID-19.

“I wouldn’t wish it on anybody,” VanVleet told reporters after returning to practice for the first time in two weeks Tuesday, according to Sportsnet’s Michael Grange.

VanVleet, Pascal Siakam, Fred VanVleet, Malachi Flynn and Patrick McCaw were cleared to practise in Detroit on Tuesday after being sidelined for health and safety protocols for more than a week. Siakam, McCaw and Flynn were upgraded to “questionable” for Wednesday’s game against the Pistons, while VanVleet is listed as “doubtful.”

Their return would be good news for a Raptors team that has lost five straight to drop to 11th in the Eastern Conference at 17-22.

OG Anunoby remains out for Toronto’s game versus Detroit on Wednesday to COVID-19 health and safety protocols.

Siakam has missed the past six games, while the other five have each missed five in a row.