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Fox, Adebayo Lead Charge for NBA Bubble Insurance Policies

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As the NBA’s return in Orlando draws nearer, more concerns by players come to light. Two former Wildcats are a part of a group that is thinking more than three months in advance.

Most of the early skepticism surrounding the games in the “bubble” are related to contracting coronavirus. Injury concerns have been on the back burner, but not for the young players who are on the verge of signing enormous second contracts.

ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski reports that five young star players — De’Aaron Fox, Bam Adebayo, Donavon Mitchell, Kyle Kuzma and Jayson Tatum — are asking the NBA to cover the cost of insurance policies that would protect against career-threatening injuries in the league’s Orlando bubble restart. All of five members of the 2017 Draft Class are eligible for rookie extensions in mid-October. A serious injury could derail their chances of cashing in on a massive contract.

The five young stars hoped to use their power to provide protection to other players across the league. This could play a significant role in the ongoing negotiations between the NBA and NBPA.

The NBA is still targeting a July 30 return but there are multiple hurdles to overcome over the next six weeks.


Article written by Nick Roush

"Look upon the doughnut, and not upon the hole." @RoushKSR

1 Comment for Fox, Adebayo Lead Charge for NBA Bubble Insurance Policies

  1. TonyMontana
    10:30 pm June 13, 2020 Permalink

    “…asking the NBA to cover the cost of insurance policies” So at first, I was thinking this doesnt make any sense unless the NBA regularly finances insurance policies for players, which I’m sure they don’t. But after thinking about it, this season is extremely irregular. The players are not in game ready shape, the season was supposed to be over a looong time ago. These 5 players are a mere 3 months away from contract extensions that could see them get $100M deals. Could you imagine going out there and getting injured and losing that? Of course also.. thats your job! But then again… the job has changed dramatically. Sounds like the insurance is $500Gs or so. Maybe they should just split it. Boom. Case closed. Let’s play ball!