NBA rumors: 'Growing belief' second bubble with Warriors won't happen


Remember when it looked like the NBA was on the verge of building a second bubble in Chicago for the eight teams not invited to Orlando?

Well, don't expect that to come to fruition.

"There is growing belief among the NBA’s eight franchises not in Orlando that a second bubble site being built for minicamps and intrasquad scrimmages will not happen," sources told The Athletic's Shams Charania and Sam Amick. "There is pessimism about in-market minicamps for group workouts happening as well."

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Warriors coach Steve Kerr in early June made it very clear that his preference was to get all of Golden State's players and coaches together for workouts at Chase Center.

"We're not interested in a summer league," he said on a conference call. "If what we're talking about is some kind of minicamp and some of the other teams are interested in playing games -- we would not be interested in doing that.


"And I've talked to a couple of the coaches about that. Every team has its own unique set of circumstances, and I definitely understand that a lot of the teams involved are younger and more interested in getting game action for their players.

"But we're in a different space and people understand that. We'd be more interested in practice time."

But it appears the Dubs won't be allowed to do that either.

“There’s nothing happening,” a general manager told The Athletic. “It’s a shame. It’s a huge detriment to these eight franchises that were left behind.”

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The Warriors' last game before the season was suspended because of the coronavirus pandemic was March 10. So if training camps for the 2020-21 campaign open Nov. 10 (it seems inevitable this date will get pushed back), that would be an eight-month layoff.

Golden State players are allowed to use the team facilities in San Francisco now, but there are safety restrictions and protocols in place.

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