On Thursday, Brooklyn Nets guard Spencer Dinwiddie tweeted that games for the resumption of the 2019-20 NBA season halted on March 11 due to the coronavirus pandemic would restart on July 15 at "bubble sites" following practices that likely would be part of a makeshift training camp.
It seems not all players wish to report to club facilities before journeying to such a site.
On Friday evening, ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski reported teams have asked the league if players from markets where government restrictions have kept facilities closed could immediately report to such bubble sites for the start of training camps.
This would allow players to quarantine only once, perhaps for 14 days, before they practiced among teammates.
Wojnarowski added some teams may be allowed to directly travel to a campus location where games will be held rather than first hold practices at local club facilities.
Earlier this week, The Athletic and NBA insider Keith Smith named Orlando's Walt Disney World as a frontrunner to be at least one temporary basketball hub if the season resumes in July. ESPN added Las Vegas is another potential site.
Per recent reports, it seems unlikely the NBA would use more than two locations.
Because it's not yet known if non-playoff teams will participate in the season's restart, not all players have yet voluntarily joined club workouts. League owners and the National Basketball Players Association still must agree to terms for regular-season and playoff formats if the campaign isn't played out, in full.
On Monday, ESPN's Tim Bontemps wrote that NBA draft lottery rules won't be changed due to the virus outbreak. Assuming this is the case, teams at the bottom of the standings are understandably reluctant to participate in what those players would see as meaningless games that could only negatively affect draft places among lottery spots.
As things stand on Memorial Day weekend, ESPN has reported that the NBA wants players to quarantine and self-isolate for up to two weeks leading up to workouts and training-camp sessions that could, in total, last for up to six weeks. This could allow the season to restart before the end of July.
The NBA has scheduled a Board of Governors to call for next Friday.
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To qualify, a player had to play in at least half of his team's games that season. An asterisk (*) indicates the team was located in another city and/or went by a different name at the time.