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Lakers, Celtics, Heat, Pistons Not Expected to Enter G League Bubble

The Los Angeles Lakers (South Bay Lakers), Boston Celtics (Maine Red Claws), Miami Heat (Sioux Falls Skyforce), and Detroit Pistons (Grand Rapids Drive) are among those expected to not participate in a G League bubble. Should there be one.

A report from Jared Weiss of The Athletic broke the news of the Celtics opting the Red Claws out of a bubble. While JD Shaw of Hoops Rumors identified the Lakers, Heat, and Pistons as omissions.

Following the reports, NBA Call-Ups can confirm that the Miami Heat will not be entering the Sioux Falls Skyforce. As per sources.

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It appears that the NBA are in the process of arranging a G League bubble in Atlanta. As various reports, including from Jordan Schultz of ESPN and Marc Stein of the New York Times, have all aligned with each other surrounding such arrangements.

It has surfaced that NBA teams that possess G League franchises will be subject to a $500,000 entry fee for a bubble that will be a minimum 12 games in duration. Possibly 15-16 games, plus playoffs.

Some NBA teams were expected to opt out of bubble plans a number of weeks ago. With the Lakers, Celtics, Heat, and Pistons now being the first group of franchise’s not wanting to enter their affiliates. Either for financial or developmental reasons.

It is more than likely that reports will emerge with other NBA teams opting out of a G League bubble. However, courtesy of Adam Johnson, the new G League Ignite team for elite prospects is planning to partake.

Teams that choose to not participate will be putting their Exhibit-10 contracts in a precarious position. As the main preposition of such a deal was a G League fallback, with a financial bonus. With the players being eligible to a bonus ranging between $5,000-50,000 should they commit to the team’s G League affiliate.


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