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Report: Clippers guard Lou Williams leaves bubble, expected to return soon

Williams 10 days

ORLANDO, FL - JULY 21: Lou Williams #23 of the LA Clippers looks on during practice as part of the NBA Restart 2020 on July 21, 2020 in Orlando, Florida. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2020 NBAE (Photo by Jesse D. Garrabrant/NBAE via Getty Images)

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Clippers guard Lou Williams, after expressing hesitancy, joined the Clippers in the bubble.

Now, he’s gone.

Andrew Greiff of the Los Angeles Times:

Hopefully, everything with Williams is alright.

Several Clippers – Montrezl Harrell, Patrick Beverley and now Williams – have left the bubble. It’s difficult not to wonder whether these departures are related.

Maybe, maybe not.

Like all employees, NBA players sometimes have independent personal issues that take away from work. It’s just receiving heightened attention now due to the complications of re-entering the bubble. Upon return, players must quarantine in their hotel room. They can’t simply dash away from the team for a day or so like in normal times.

The Clippers have also created a culture of players looking out for their own needs during a long season. They expect to be at Disney World for a deep playoff run. If there’s a time for Clippers players to handle personal matters with minimal disruption, it’s now. The team probably won’t be returning home for months.