7 New NBA Players Sitting Out The League’s Restart
The 2020 NBA season officially returns on July 30, but some players aren’t ready to go back to the court yet as the pandemic worsens and social unrest looms. With such valid concerns, the league allowed players to voluntarily join their teams in Disney World or opt-out of the season.
Here are the players who decided to sit out this season:
DeAndre Jordan – Brooklyn Nets
The holder of the NBA record for best career field goal percentage will not join the Brooklyn Nets this season. Jordan tested positive for COVID-19 two days ago, along with several players, after returning to the market. He’s the fifth member of the team who won’t be in Orlando.
Avery Bradley – Los Angeles Lakers
Bradley recently joined Kyle Irving’s movement to demand social justice reform in the country and in the NBA itself. But according to reports, it’s not the main reason for Bradley’s decision. ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski said that Bradley is considering the health of his son, who has respiratory illnesses.
Davis Bertans – Washington Wizards
Bertans’ decision was a strategic move. He was an impending free agent when the pandemic halted the 2020 NBA season, and Washington Wizards struggles to qualify for the playoffs, especially with the recently proposed format. There’s basically no reason for him to join his team in Orlando.
Trevor Ariza – Portland Trail Blazers
Part of the league’s health and safety protocols is to maintain a bubble environment. No guests or family members can join the players in Orlando. For this reason, Ariza will not be joining the Trail Blazers to stay home for his son. He is currently in a custody situation.
Willie Cauley-Stein – Dallas Mavericks
Citing health reasons, Cauley-Stein decided to opt-out. He and his partner are expecting a newborn child in July. Additionally, the player reportedly carries the sickle cell trait, an inherited blood disorder that tags him as a high-risk individual.
Wilson Chandler – Brooklyn Nets
For the well-being of his family, Chandler joins Jordan on the fence. Chandler recently announced his decision to the public: “As difficult as it will be to not be with my teammates, the health and well-being of my family has to come first.”
Thabo Sefolosha – Houston Rockets
Sefolosha decided to sit out but cited no reason at this time. It’s worth noting, however, that he only played 10.6 minutes per game for the Houston Rockets in the past games. The NBA only allows a limited number of players to compete.