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NBA opt-out tracker: Every player who declined to return for playoffs

NBA opt-out tracker: Every player who declined to return for playoffs

The NBA season will resume at the end of the month, with the Kings and 21 other teams each playing eight seeding games at Disney's ESPN Wide World of Sports in Orlando, Florida in order to determine the 16-team playoff bracket.

Not every player will be there.

Some are concerned about injuries, some are concerned about leaving their families and some are concerned about playing in a state that quickly has become one of the world's worst hotspots for the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

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Teams reportedly had to submit their travel parties on July 1, but news continues to trickle about what all 22 look like. Here's every player who has opted out of the restarted NBA season so far.

Taurean Prince, SF

The Nets are running out of players.

ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski reported Tuesday, citing sources, that Brooklyn forward Taurean Prince tested positive for the coronavirus and will not play in the NBA season restart.

Prince joins Spencer Dinwiddie, DeAndre Jordan and Wilson Chandler as Nets who won't be traveling to Orlando this week.

Brooklyn now has the ability to sign four replacement players if they choose to.

Spencer Dinwiddie, SG

Brooklyn Nets guard Spencer Dinwiddie announced he would not be traveling to Orlando with the Nets. Dinwiddie cited another positive coronavirus test and the symptoms of the virus as reason to stay home.

The Nets now will be without Dinwiddie, Kyrie Irving, DeAndre Jordan and Kevin Durant in Orlando.

Bradley Beal, SG

The Wizards push for the eighth and final playoff seed in the Eastern Conference took another hit when the team announced that star guard Bradley Beal would not make the trip to Orlando due to a shoulder injury.

Washington now will be without Beal, Davis Bertans and John Wall in Orlando.

Victor Oladipo, Indiana Pacers SG

Oladipo was not the first player who decided not to go to Orlando, but he's the biggest name as of this writing. The 28-year-old ruptured his quadriceps tendon earlier this season, and Oladipo told ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski on July 3 that he opted out in order to avoid getting injured again.

"A part of rehab is working your way back and getting yourself to [100 percent]," Oladipo explained, "so at the end of the day, going back and turning things up as quickly as we're about to do, and pretty much going to playoff formation and playoff games after eight games, I'm more susceptible to injury than anyone else is. So it's not about now. It's about longevity."

Davis Bertans, Washington Wizards PF

The Latvian sharpshooter became the first healthy player on a roster to opt out of playing in Orlando when he did so last month. Bertans, 27, averaged a career-high 15.4 points per game and is set to become an unrestricted free agent. With the Wizards likely only to make the playoffs as the Eastern Conference's eighth seed after winning a play-in series with the Brooklyn Nets, Bertans decided not to play.

"Davis is about to sign the biggest deal of his life, so he would be taking a big risk by playing," Arturs Kalnitis, Bertans' agent, told HoopsHype on June 22. "It wasn’t a tough decision, to be honest. If the Wizards were in the fifth or sixth seed (or maybe even the eighth seed), it would be completely different. Davis is a competitor. But in this situation, he decided to sit out.”

Trevor Ariza, Portland Trail Blazers SF

Ariza, who the Kings traded to the Trail Blazers ahead of this year's trade deadline, reportedly won't play in Orlando in order to spend time with his 12-year-old son. The 34-year-old is involved in a custody case with the boy's mother, and Ariza would've missed a court-ordered one-month visitation period with his son by playing.

Avery Bradley, Los Angeles Lakers SG

Bradley told ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski on June 23 that he wouldn't join the Lakers in Orlando because of the unlikelihood that his 6-year-old son Liam would be medically cleared to join him in the later rounds. The younger Bradley has previously struggled to recover from respiratory illnesses.

"As committed to my Lakers teammates and the organization as I am, I ultimately play basketball for my family," the elder Bradley, who's married with three children, said. "And so, at a time like this, I can't imagine making any decision that might put my family's health and well-being at even the slightest risk."

The Lakers signed J.R. Smith to replace Bradley on their roster. The Kings are scheduled to play the Lakers on Aug. 13.

Willie Cauley-Stein, Dallas Mavericks C

Cauley-Stein and his partner are expecting a child in July, and the former Kings and Warriors big man reportedly decided to opt out as a result.

The Kings are scheduled to play the Mavericks on Aug. 4.

Wilson Chandler, Brooklyn Nets SF

Chandler, 33, told ESPN on June 28 he would not play in Orlando in order to spend time with his grandmother and three children.

"As difficult as it will be to not be with my teammates, the health and well-being of my family has to come first," Chandler said. "Thank you to the Nets organization for understanding and supporting me in this decision, and I will be watching and rooting for our team in Orlando."

Chandler is set to become an unrestricted free agent this offseason. The Kings are scheduled to play the Nets on Aug. 7.

DeAndre Jordan, Brooklyn Nets C

Jordan tweeted on June 29 that he won't play in Orlando after testing positive for COVID-19 while still in Brooklyn.


Thabo Sefalosha, Houston Rockets SG

Wojnarowski reported July 1 that Sefalosha opted out of playing. The Rockets agreed to a deal with Luc Mbah a Moute to replace Sefalosha on the roster, according to multiple reports.

The Kings are scheduled to play the Rockets on Aug. 9.

NBA rumors: Ex-Warriors big Willie Cauley-Stein opting out of restart

NBA rumors: Ex-Warriors big Willie Cauley-Stein opting out of restart

The Dallas Mavericks will be one of 22 teams competing when the NBA restarts the 2019-20 season in late July, but former Warriors and Kings center Willie Cauley-Stein will not be joining his new team in Orlando, sources tell The Athletic's Shams Charania.

Cauley-Stein and his partner reportedly are expecting a child born in July.

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The big man started the season with the Warriors after signing a one-year contract in free agency last summer. Cauley-Stein was traded to the Mavericks in late January for a second-round draft pick, giving the 26-year-old his first chance at playing for a playoff contender. He spent his first four NBA seasons with the Kings after being drafted No. 6 overall by Sacramento in 2015.

He averaged 5.2 points and 4.6 rebounds per game in 13 games with the Mavericks before the league's stoppage on March 11.

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Five moments to remember from Kings' 2018 comeback win over Pelicans

Five moments to remember from Kings' 2018 comeback win over Pelicans

Programming note: Watch the re-air of the Kings’ victory over the New Orleans Pelicans from Dec. 23, 2018 tonight at 6 pm PT on NBC Sports California.

The NBA is closed for the next few months, but we have been accessing the archives in search of some of the best games from the last few seasons.

In our seventh installment, we go back to last season, when the Kings trailed by 19 early to the New Orleans Pelicans, but bounced back to come away with a big victory.

While we know the final outcome of the game, sometimes the details become murky over time. Here are five things to watch from the Kings’ 122-117 win over the Pelicans.

First-quarter blues

The Kings had a shocking breakout 2018-19 season, but they struggled with the first quarter in plenty of games early in the season. This game was no exception.

On their home court, the Kings couldn’t find the bottom of the bucket in the first 12 minutes, shooting just 34.6 percent from the field, including a 5-of-18 start from the first team.

The Kings’ poor offense led to a fast beginning for the Pelicans, who led by as many as 19 in the quarter.

Reel em’ in

Sacramento trailed by 11 points at the half and 10 heading toward the fourth quarter. At the 7:37 mark of the fourth, the Pelicans’ Tim Frazier knocked down a pair of free throws to push the lead back to 11 points at 105-94, and then the Kings answered.

Between 7:37 and 5:29 in the fourth, a span of two minutes and 18 seconds, the Kings hit the Pelicans with an 11-0 run to tie the game. Sacramento finished on a 28-12 run to finish off New Orleans and come away with the win.

De’Aaron Fox and Bogdan Bogdanovic scored nine points each in the fourth and Buddy Hield chipped in eight as the Kings shot as the Kings outscored the visiting team 36-21 in the final 12 minutes. 

The Backcourt

The starting backcourt of Fox and Hield was spectacular in this game. 

Hield led all scorers with 28 points on 11-of-18 shooting from the field and 6-of-11 from 3-point range. He chipped in six rebounds in his 37 minutes of action and was the driving force behind the team’s second-half comeback.

Fox didn’t break the 20 point barrier, but he posted a 19-point, 11-assist double-double in the win and he added an incredible chase-down block. When these two pushed the tempo, the Pelicans struggled to keep up.


Bogi off the bench

In addition to the big numbers from the starters, Bogdanovic brought firepower in the backcourt off the bench for coach Dave Joerger’s squad. 

With the starters struggling in the first quarter, Bogdanovic saved the day with a nine-point quarter to get the Kings’ offense going. He finished strong as well for a total of 24 points, seven assists and four rebounds.

It’s hard to beat a team when their three primary guards combine for 71 points.

Free Willie 

Willie Cauley-Stein came to play in this one. The Kings’ starting center at the time posted one of his better outings of the season, finishing with 22 points, 17 rebounds, three steals and a block.

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In his four seasons with the Kings, Cauley-Stein struggled with major bouts of inconsistency. He put up one of his best rebounding performances in this game, including nine in the fourth quarter while Sacramento made their comeback.