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With the NBA Pondering a G League Restart, Players Opt Elsewhere

The 2019-20 NBA G League season was suspended initially on March 12, 2020, due to the coronavirus that has rocked the world. On June 4, the decision was made to cancel the entire season.

NBA basketball did return, however, as the league concluded the 2019-20 season in the Orlando bubble, based in Disney World. It has since been confirmed that the NBA 2020-21 campaign will begin on December 22.

Details of scheduling are sparse. Although, it believed that team’s will travel, and potentially even play in front of a limited number of fans.

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The Latest G League Situation:

Regarding the 2020-21 G League season, no details have been announced to date. Marc Berman of the New York Post reported back in October that the upcoming G League campaign may be in serious doubt.

Berman elaborated by saying discussions had been had surrounding not holding a season, having a season with a regionalized schedule, and expanding NBA rosters instead. Another plan was described as being “week-long G League showcases in a bubble setting to ensure young players stay active”.

Another report surfaced in October as well. Stating that the G League were considering the possibility of hosting the 2020-21 season “fully or partially in a bubble”.

A traditional G League season is 50 games long, however conversations had pondered around a condensed 24-game season. Potentially over a 6-8 week period, in a bubble environment.

Regional bubbles were again discussed, as was playing out a full season. Like the NBA have since opted to do. All according to Harrison Faigen of Silver Screen and Roll.

Some G League Players Head Overseas:

As the waiting period continues, it appears that some G League players have chosen to take their talents overseas for the 2020-21 season. Which is understandable, as international leagues are back underway and players can secure a guaranteed contract.

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The players include former Washington Wizards and Capital City Go-Go two-way player, Johnathan Williams, who has signed for Galatasaray. With former South Bay Lakers guard David Stockton signing for Puerto Rican outfit Mets de Guaynabo.

Fellow G League veteran Walt Lemon Jr has signed with Hapoel Tel Aviv. After showing out for the Fort Wayne Mad Ants, Windy City Bulls, and Maine Red Claws in recent years. In addition, the 2019-20 G League Defensive Player of the Year, Christ Koumadje, penned a deal in Spain, with Movistar Estudiantes.

Jonathon Simmons, who last played for the Santa Cruz Warriors, impressed in a Warriors offseason minicamp, but has decided to play in China. Where he has signed with the Liaoning Flying Leopards. Despite potentially being in consideration for the Golden State Warriors’ 15-man rotation.

When a decision is to be made on the 2020-21 G League season is uncertain, at present time. Although, NBA Call-Ups understands that a lengthy agents meeting was held on November 13. Which suggests that talks are still very much underway behind the scenes.

For now, the waiting game continues.


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