NBA Players Who Are Sitting Out Season Restart at Disney World

Dan Mennella
July 07, 2020 - 12:05 pm
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The NBA appears set on resuming the 2019-20 season next month at Disney World in Florida, but not all players will be present.

The league is allowing for players to opt out of the restart whether it be due to injury, personal reasons, or some combination of both. Those who don't partake forego the balance of salary they are owed under the terms of the return.

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The restart talks were relatively amicable, at least compared to MLB. There appeared to be fairly little initial disagreement among the players over whether the season should resume, and under what conditions.

However, Nets superstar Kyrie Irving recently held a call with players to discuss their concerns over the restart. Not only are some players apparently concerned for their health and safety, but others such as Irving are expressing concerns about playing amid massive nationwide social unrest.

So far, several players have already confirmed they won't be in Orlando come late July. Here's the latest:

Opting Out

Spencer Dinwiddie, F, Brooklyn Nets

DeAndre Jordan, C, Brooklyn Nets
Jordan tested positive for COVID-19 on June 29 and decided he would not play in Orlando when the season resumes.

Willie Cauley-Stein, C, Dallas Mavericks
Cauley-Stein reportedly opted against playing because he and his partner are expecting a new child in July.

Avery Bradley, G, Los Angeles Lakers
Bradley told ESPN he would skip the restart out of concern for his six-year-old son, who has had respiratory illnesses. Veteran free agent JR Smith was reportedly in consideration to replace him.

Davis Bertans, F, Washington Wizards
Bertans, a sharpshooting forward, is reportedly sitting out ahead of his upcoming date with free agency.

Trevor Ariza, SF, Portland Trail Blazers
Ariza reportedly declined to play owing to visitation considerations with his son, whose custody he shares with the child's mother.

Victor Oladipo, SG, Indiana Pacers
Oladipo's absence will be a big blow to the Pacers, who were viewed by many as a dark horse to surge in the resumed season. Instead, he will opt to continue getting to full health instead of taking any risks in an opt-out/injury recovery hybrid.

Injured

Bradley Beal, SG, Washington Wizards
Beal, a two-time All-Star, will reportedly miss the competition due to a shoulder injury, in a major blow to the Wizards and the restart itself.

DeMarcus Cousins, C, Free Agent
With teams soon allowed to once again sign players to their rosters, Cousins' name came up often in free agency speculation ahead of the restart. Instead he'll reportedly continue his recovery from a knee injury.

Bojan Bogdanovic, SF, Utah Jazz
Bogdanovic was quietly putting together a career year, but will have start anew next season after undergoing wrist surgery in May.

Kelly Oubre, SF, Phoenix Suns
Oubre was expected to travel with his team to Orlando, but will not play owing to a knee injury suffered shortly before the coronavirus shutdown.

LaMarcus Aldridge, PF, San Antonio Spurs
The Spurs said the veteran big man would miss the remainder of the season after he had shoulder surgery in late April.

Courtney Lee, G, Dallas Mavericks
The Mavs recently revealed Lee would be sidelined after he suffered a calf injury while working out during the shutdown.

Kevin Durant, SF, Brooklyn Nets
The prolonged season prompted some to wonder whether KD would return before the 2020-21 campaign, but ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski says he will remain benched as the Nets continue to play his return conservatively.

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