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NBA to Allow Other Eight Teams to Play in a Second Bubble in Chicago

Heeding the pleadings of the eight teams who did not qualify for the NBA’s return, the league is close to signing off on a second “bubble city” in Chicago.

“Michele has made it clear that’s how it’s going to be,” said one front-office member who’s team has pushed for the possibility of the second bubble. “Adam is going along with it. I understand their point, but it’s frustrating for us that we can’t loosen the restrictions a bit so we can get some work done in our own gyms.”

The idea of not playing would mean that the eight teams would go nearly a year without on-court competition due to the global pandemic. The belief around the league is that the NBA is working hard to provide those teams with an opportunity to get on the court and focus on getting their younger players some runs.

“Our position is, ‘Let us know what’s possible,”‘ Warriors GM Bob Myers said. “Until we really know, it’s hard to say. If we can get the majority of our players to go, and if it’s beneficial, then we’ll do that. If we can’t, we’ll take what we can get. This whole thing is about balancing health and safety. From a team standpoint, what solutions check as many boxes as it can?

“One of the things is, you try not to judge. Everybody is right in a certain sense. Whether we pursue the opportunity to get our young players some work in some safe environment locally or in a second bubble, we’re in support of the pursuit. Now whether we get there or not is really a health and safety thing.”

Late Summer or early Fall appears to be the NBA’s goal for the second bubble.

“How they frame it is almost irrelevant to us,” said one general manager in an interview with ESPN. “It’s more a chance to get our young guys out there working with some game simulation.”

The list of teams that will not be playing in Orlando is as follows: the Golden State Warriors, Cleveland Cavaliers, Atlanta Hawks, Minnesota Timberwolves, Chicago Bulls, Charlotte Hornets, Detroit Pistons, and New York Knicks.

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