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.