NBA teams in markets with strict coronavirus guidelines asking to report directly to bubble site, report says

As NBA teams begin to ramp up their preparations for potentially resuming the season, one cause for concern has become the prospect of quarantining on multiple times. A notable example of how that could happen, as reported by ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski, is Toronto Raptors guard Kyle Lowry. Lowry is currently working out in Philadelphia. Were he to return to Toronto for a second training camp, he would have to quarantine for 14 days while there, but when the Raptors depart for the single-site resumption of the season, the entire team would have to quarantine upon arrival. 

Teams desperately want to avoid this possibility, as there is no guarantee that players could work out at team facilities during these quarantine periods. Players need all of the workout time they can get right now, so teams in areas with tight restrictions due to the coronavirus have sought another solution, according to Wojnarowski: potentially reporting directly to the season’s new site and holding their workouts and training camp there. 

Many of the teams considering such a proposal play in the northeast, with the Raptors, New York Knicks, Brooklyn Nets and Boston Celtics named as interested parties. The current favorite to host the NBA in a resumed season is Disney World in Orlando, and Eastern Conference teams are anticipating that they at least will be stationed there, according to Wojnarowski. 

At the moment, no plan to finish the season is set in stone. That has left teams like the Knicks, who have no realistic hope of reaching the postseason, in an awkward position. They may be needed for the sake of concluding the regular season and hitting the 70-game threshold to satisfy local television contracts, but have nothing to gain on the court by playing. It is therefore likely their priority to minimize any possible damage a return could do to them in the long haul. Multiple quarantines seem like a recipe for injuries. 

For now, there are simply too many variables to know what will be possible. The league is doing everything in its power to finish the season, and teams will likely do whatever it takes to facilitate that. If that means reporting directly to Orlando or another designated site, then teams will do so. 

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