Since news emerged of a potential Atlanta-based G League bubble, reports have been filtering out over which teams will participate. Along with others that will choose to opt-out.
Jared Weiss of The Athletic started proceedings by reporting that the Boston Celtics (Maine Red Claws) were among those expected to not participate.
Hoops Rumors reporter JD Shaw then put forward the Los Angeles Lakers (South Bay Lakers), Miami Heat (Sioux Falls Skyforce), and Detroit Pistons (Grand Rapids Drive) as being the others.
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Shaw has since stated that the Dallas Mavericks (Texas Legends) have “indicated plans of opting out”. Additionally, he has suggested that the Cleveland Cavaliers (Canton Charge) and Indiana Pacers (Fort Wayne Mad Ants) are planning on playing. As well as the Toronto Raptors (Raptors 905) and Philadelphia 76ers (Delaware Blue Coats).
Adam Zagoria has added that at least 12 NBA teams are expected to participate in an Atlanta-based G League bubble. Including both the New York Knicks and Brooklyn Nets. With some teams considering the option of combining to form one team.
According to Fred Katz of The Athletic, the Washington Wizards and New Orleans Pelicans are discussing a potential merge for the G League bubble. Which will include their affiliate teams, the Capital City Go-Go and Erie BayHawks.
Furthermore, Ridiculous Upside have provided further clarification. Reporting that Los Angeles Clippers (Agua Caliente Clippers), Oklahoma City Thunder (OKC Blue), San Antonio Spurs (Austin Spurs), Utah Jazz (Salt Lake City Stars), Golden State Warriors (Santa Cruz Warriors), and Orlando Magic (Lakeland Magic) all plan to take part.
In addition, Ridiculous Upside have suggested that the Sacramento Kings (Stockton Kings), Phoenix Suns (Northern Arizona Suns). Atlanta Hawks (College Park Skyhawks), and Chicago Bulls (Windy City Bulls) will all be opting out of a G League bubble.
It was initially thought that the new G League Ignite team for elite prospects were set to participate. However, in media availability last week Ignite Head Coach Brian Shaw said that their schedule at the moment is “fluid”.
Shaw did go onto say that they do expect to face-off against G League competition at some point. In the same media availability, Ignite prospect Jalen Green stated that he was “itching to play”.
NBA teams will reportedly be subject to a $500,000 entry fee for a G League bubble. That will be a minimum of 12 games in duration. Possibly 15-16 games, plus a playoff tournament.
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