Non-Playoff Teams Calling for Mini Summer Leagues, Training Camp
The overwhelming majority of teams are in the process of booking their tickets to Disney World, but the eight teams that received the boot still want to play.
The New York Knicks, Atlanta Hawks, Charlotte Hornets, Chicago Bulls, Cleveland Cavaliers, Minnesota Timberwolves, Golden State Warriors, and Detroit Pistons would go nine months without games and are hoping the league provides them with an opportunity to play in a mini Summer league or training camp format. The key concern each team has voiced is their inability to focus on the development of their young players with the global pandemic essentially stunting growth.
The Pistons and Cavaliers have discussed the possibility of holding joint practices under one quarantined facility.
Although the NBA’s main priority right now is re-starting the season at the ESPN’s Wide World of Sports Complex on July 31, the concerns of the eight non-playoff teams are valid. The teams have already presented a number of ideas to the league, which includes mandatory and voluntary July workouts, August regional minicamps and televised joint practices, and a 2020-21 training camp in Orlando which would start 7-10 days earlier than playoff teams.
The NBA will look to address these concerns prior to the resumption of the season.