22 NBA teams are gearing up for the league’s restart set for later this month at Disney’s ESPN Wide World of Sports in Orlando, but what about the other eight teams who didn’t make the cut?
This afternoon, ESPN’s Jackie MacMullan broke the news that the NBA is set to announce a second “bubble” in Chicago for the eight worst teams in the league to compete against one another.
“The NBA is closing in on signing off on a second “bubble” in Chicago for the eight teams that were not invited to play in Orlando, enabling mini-training camps and subsequent games against other clubs with a target date of September,” MacMullan reported.
According to the report, play would be similar to a summer league format between the following teams: the Atlanta Hawks, Charlotte Hornets, Chicago Bulls, Cleveland Cavaliers, Detroit Pistons, Golden State Warriors, Minnesota Timberwolves, and the New York Knicks.
This scenario would allow for further growth and development for younger players during this extended offseason, with the likes of Atlanta’s Trae Young and Cleveland’s Collin Sexton among the players who would reportedly welcome such an idea.
“The idea to provide the eight non-playoff teams with options to play arose out of concern that the long layoff would adversely impact young players whose ongoing development is critical to their franchises,” the report says. “Most teams did favor a mini-camp within their own market and then a week or two of games against other NBA clubs. … The NBA has discussed setting up the bubble in Chicago with approximately two weeks of practice, then four games for each team. Participation in the bubble would be voluntary.”
Teams would go through similar safety protocols to that of the Orlando “bubble,” including daily COVID-19 testing and zero exposure to the general public.
Would you be up for watching the NBA’s equivalent of the NIT?