Raptors Hopeful of Reporting Directly to Bubble City for Training Camp
With the NBA season expected to return in July, some teams are looking to get creative with training camp.
The Toronto Raptors are among several teams who are located in marketplaces where government has implicated stricter social distancing guidelines for practice facilities. Moreover, with a number of the team’s players spending quarantine in the United States, the Raptors are hoping the league will allow them to report directly to the “proposed campus environment” for the start of training camp.
The Boston Celtics and New York Knicks are two other teams that have issued similar concerns to the league.
ESPN Sources: Some franchises in restricted markets — including NYC, Boston, Toronto — are inquiring to NBA on option for players to bypass returns to those cities in June and report directly to proposed bubbles for eventual start of training camps. https://t.co/KxLrRIzh6V
— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) May 22, 2020
The NBA is reportedly open to helping these organizations find a solution.
According to Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN, several Eastern Conference teams have even considered setting up temporary training camp stops before arriving to the Disney World Complex in Orlando come July. That being said, there remains uncertainty on how many teams are set to return to play or if the NBA is looking to jump right into the postseason upon its return.
The NBA Board of Governors is set to have a call next Friday after which teams will receive more clarity on the league’s return to play plans.