Players Allowed to Opt out of NBA Restart in Orlando

NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 25: Commissioner of the NBA Adam Silver speaks onstage for Building Brands and Delighting Fans: Nurturing Talent and Creating Compelling Content in the Digital Age during day 3 of Fast Company Innovation Festival at 92nd Street Y on October 25, 2018 in New York City.
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The newest details regarding the restart of the NBA season involve a “faction” of players deciding whether playing in a bubble is a quality idea or not, according to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski.

Wojnarowski added that there should be a provision in place. This would be precluding any repercussions for players choosing not to play. Albeit, players would be subject to losing a portion of their salary for games missed.

The risk of COVID-19 is one of the primary concerns amongst players. Given that Florida has suffered from an increase in cases over the past couple of weeks, the fear is warranted.

“Orange County has experienced a 64% increase in the number of COVID-19 cases between May 5 and June 9”

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Other issues causing concern include familial concerns, social justice matters, and more.

Provided that infection rates remain stable, the NBA and NBPA are close to finalizing an agreement on the framework for a restart plan.