For months, various reports and rumors have been flying around in regards to a 2020-21 NBA G League season. There has been talk surrounding a season taking place in a bubble environment out of College Park, near Atlanta.
However, a recent report from Shams Charania of The Athletic has suggested that Disney World in Orlando is a “focused” location for the 2020-21 G League season. The same site where the remainder of the 2019-20 NBA season took place.
Charania, as well as Jonathan Givony of ESPN have provided details on the upcoming G League campaign. Which now appears to be taking shape.
Teams are expected to gather on January 19 for training camp in their respective markets. They will then arrive in a bubble on January 26 and will begin playing officials games on February 9. The playoffs are reportedly scheduled to be played from March 5-9.
18 teams have expressed intent in joining the G League bubble. Those are believed to be the Clippers, Spurs, Cavaliers, 76ers, Wizards, Pacers, Hornets, Timberwolves, Magic, Nets, Grizzlies, Thunder, Raptors, Rockets, Jazz, Warriors, Knicks, and the G League Ignite team.
Charania reports that the teams that have decided to opt-out include the Hawks, Celtics, Bulls, Mavericks, Pistons, and Lakers. As well as the Heat, Bucks, Suns, and Kings. The Washington Wizards will not be sending the Capital City Go-Go. But they will be utilizing the Erie BayHawks, the affiliate of the New Orleans Pelicans.
Player expenses will amount to approximately $25,000 per player (testing, medical care, food). This sits at around $400,000-500,000 per each team entering the bubble.
An “NBA Vet selection” will be introduced to rosters. With over 100 players with NBA experience in free agency still, it will allow teams to recruit through the G League. If a player signed an Exhibit-10 deal and their team isn’t in the bubble, they can be loaned to another team.
Ahead of a February 9 start date, a G League Draft will be held on January 11 at 1pm Eastern Time.
All of the above information has been provided via Shams Charania and Jonathan Givony. With such specific details being released, it very much looks like the 2020-21 G League season is closing in now.
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