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No Tacko in Maine? C's reportedly out on G-League bubble

/ by Darren Hartwell
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The Boston Celtics' regular season begins in two weeks, but their G-League affiliate may be out of action for much longer.

The Maine Red Claws are opting out of the NBA's proposed G-League bubble, The Athletic's Jared Weiss reported Sunday.

The G-League hopes to host its bubble in Atlanta with a similar setup to the NBA's Orlando bubble this summer: Each team will play 12 games prior to a playoff tournament.

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Bubble planning is still in the "preliminary" stages, per Weiss, and concerns about the setup are partially contract-related: Players who sign Exhibit 10 contracts (like the one Amile Jefferson just signed with Boston) may not receive their usual $50,000 bonus after being waived and joining their G-League affiliate. That bonus has been a carrot to convince players to stay with the organization after being waived.

So, what does no G-League season mean for Tacko Fall and Tremont Waters, who are back on two-way contracts for the second consecutive season?

Fortunately for Boston, the NBA amended its rules to allow two-way players to appear in up to 50 NBA games with unlimited practice and travel time, so Fall and Waters -- and other young Celtics like Romeo Langford, Carsen Edwards and rookies Aaron Nesmith and Payton Pritchard -- can essentially spend the entire 2020-21 campaign with their parent club.

 

That means the C's will have plenty of depth at the end of their bench this season, but it also means players like Fall will get less real game experience.