The Warriors weren't invited to Orlando to participate in the NBA's season restart, but they still might be bubble bound.
The NBA is close to signing off on a second bubble for the eight teams who were not invited to Orlando, ESPN's Jackie MacMullan reported Thursday, citing sources. Those eight teams would participate in mini-camps and play games against one another with the NBA aiming for that to take place in September.https://twitter.com/wojespn/status/1278790366624452608
Coach Steve Kerr already said that the Warriors would not be interested in a mini-camp style set up with other teams, but it appears they might have had a change of heart. General manager Bob Myers said the Warriors will be participating if the league signs off on the plan for a second bubble.
"Our position is, 'Let us know what's possible,"' Myers said, via MacMullan. "Until we really know, it's hard to say. If we can get the majority of our players to go. And if it's beneficial, then we'll do that. If we can't, we'll take what we can get. This whole thing is about balancing health and safety. From a team standpoint, what solutions check as many boxes as it can?
"One of the things is, you try not to judge. Everybody is right in a certain sense. Whether we pursue the opportunity to get our young players some work in some safe environment locally or in a second bubble, we're in support of the pursuit. Now whether we get there or not is really a health and safety thing."
If the Warriors do travel to the second bubble, though, it is highly unlikely that Steph Curry, Klay Thompson and Draymond Green would participate.
Per MacMullan, several of the eight teams left off the Orlando invite list were on a call with the league today, and the NBA wanted assurances the teams would all participate if the plan is given the green light. Some teams asked to wait and see how the restart in Orlando fairs before signing off on participating, per MacMullan.
The bubble will be completely voluntary for players, sources told MacMullan. It will include two weeks of practice, then each team will play four games.
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