The NBA is moving towards its 2020 season restart, but the league won’t have full attendance when it does. The situation is complex and there are plenty of factors that could convince players to stay home instead of traveling down to the “bubble” in Orlando. Concerns over the coronavirus pandemic, Black Lives Matter movement, and injuries are all giving players pause before committing to a potentially months-long stay at Disney World.
Kyrie Irving, Dwight Howard, and Avery Bradley have all voiced their concerns about restarting the season while the country is working through massive issues. Irving is injured and won’t be participating anyway, but as a vice president on the NBPA, he speaks on behalf of many of his peers. Expect breaking player news to heavily impact the latest NBA Title odds.
Players Who Are Staying Home
Taurean Prince — Brooklyn Nets
The Nets are going down left and right. According to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski, Prince has tested positive for coronavirus and will opt out of the NBA’s restart in Orlando. Prince is the fourth Net to opt out.
Spencer Dinwiddie — Brooklyn Nets
Spencer Dinwiddie becomes the third Net to opt out of the restart. According to Shams Charania of The Athletic, Nets team doctors are choosing to make Dinwiddie sit “out of an abundance of caution.”
In addition to the three Nets who are opting out of the restart for coronavirus-related reasons, Brooklyn will be without Kevin Durant, Kyrie Irving, and Nicolas Claxton, who are all coming off of major surgeries.
Bradley Beal — Washington Wizards
After much deliberation, Bradley Beal is opting out of the restart due to a shoulder injury. The Washington Wizards announced Beal’s decision in a press release on Tuesday, July 7.
“This was a difficult decision and one that I did not take lightly as the leader of this team,” said Beal. “I wanted to help my teammates compete for a playoff spot in Orlando, but also understand that this will be best for all of us in the long term. I appreciate the support of my teammates, the fans and the entire organization and look forward to returning next season to continue the progress we have made.”
Gerald Green — Free Agent
The free agent wing who was most recently with the Houston Rockets will not sign with a team and head down to Orlando according to Marc Stein of the New York Times. Even though multiple teams were reportedly interested in Green, he is expecting a child in August and is choosing to stay at home with his family.
Victor Oladipo — Indiana Pacers
“I really want to play, and as a competitor and teammate this is tearing me apart,” Oladipo told Shams Charania of The Athletic. “I feel like I’m at a great place in my rehab and getting closer and closer to 100 percent. With all the variables, from how I have to build my 5-on-5 workload back up, to the increased risk of a soft tissue injury which could delay my rehab, and the unknown exact set up of the bubble, I just can’t get my mind to being fully comfortable in playing. I have to be smart and this decision hasn’t been easy, but I truly believe continuing on the course I’m on and getting fully healthy for the 2020-21 season is the right decision for me.”
Thabo Sefolosha — Houston Rockets
The 14-year veteran is opting out of the Orlando restart per ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski. The 35-year-old appeared in 41 games for the Rockets this season, averaging 2.2 points on 27.8% shooting from three-point range.
DeAndre Jordan — Brooklyn Nets
DeAndre Jordan becomes the latest Brooklyn Net to opt out of the NBA restart. The three-time All-NBA center recently tested positive for coronavirus and announced his decision to stay home from Orlando on Twitter.
Wilson Chandler — Brooklyn Nets
The veteran forward is opting to stay home from the bubble due to family and health reasons. “As difficult as it will be to not be with my teammates, the health and well-being of my family has to come first,” Wilson said via ESPN’s Malika Andrews. “Thank you to the Nets organization for understanding and supporting me in this decision, and I will be watching and rooting for our team in Orlando.”
Willie Cauley-Stein — Dallas Mavericks
The Dallas Mavericks are going to the playoffs for the first time since 2016, but Willie Cauley-Stein won’t be joining his teammates. According to Shams Charania of The Athletic, Cauley-Stein will stay home because his wife is giving birth in July.
Avery Bradley — Los Angeles Lakers
Avery Bradley is a key component of the Los Angeles Lakers, but he’s opting out of the 2020 restart due to potential health issues with his son per Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN.
DeMarcus Cousins — Free Agent
Remember DeMarcus Cousins? The man with some of the worst injury luck in recent memory won’t be signing with a contender for a playoff push. After missing the entire season with yet another injury, Cousins is opting to stay home and rest up for the 2020-21 season per Shams Charania of The Athletic.
Trevor Ariza — Portland Trail Blazers
According to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski, Trevor Ariza is staying home to spend time with his son. Ariza is engaged in a custody battle and would miss a one-month visitation window if he opted to play in the season restart.
Davis Bertans — Washington Wizards
Davis Bertans is sitting out the season restart according to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski and Tim Bontemps. Bertans is a free agent at the end of the season and he’s set for a major payday after shooting 42.4% from three-point range. His Wizards are facing an uphill battle just to make the playoffs as well. Washington sits 5.5 games back of the eighth-place Orlando Magic.
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