As we all impatiently await the restart of the NBA season, the 22 invited teams are making last minute changes to their rosters. Players were given the chance to opt of out of the eight game regular season and playoff games set to be played in Orlando at Disney World. The teams are allowed to bring 17 players, including two-way players. This will be helpful for teams that advance to playoffs, in case of injury. We are currently in the middle of a one-week transaction period that allows the teams to make the necessary changes to their rosters. The players have until August 14th to opt out. Here is what we know so far:
Players Who Have Opted Out
Trevor Ariza – Portland Trailblazers
Ariza chose to spend the summer with his son for his month long set visitation. The families won’t be allowed to join the players until August so he would have missed that opportunity if he played. Ariza is a great player and an asset to the team, but he’s an even better father. Jaylen Adams will replace Ariza as a substitue player.
Deandre Jordan – Brooklyn Nets
Jordan, unfortunately, tested positive for Covid-19. He will probably be negative by the time the season starts but in an abundance of caution, he is out of the restart.
Wilson Chandler – Brooklyn Nets
At the end of this season, Chandler will become an unrestricted free agent. Taking this into consideration, he chose to stay home with his family. Chandler will be replaced by Justin Anderson.
Thabo Sefolosha – Houston Rockets
Sefolosha will also be a free agent after the season. He had previously mentioned that the bubble in Orlando would be a “huge commitment” because of the time away from his family. The Rockets have signed former Rocket, Luc Mbah A Moute to replace him. Mbah A Moute played for Houston in 2017-2018 and is familiar with the fast paced team.
Davis Bertans – Washington Wizards
Bertans will also be a free agent this year but is projected to be at the top of the list. Looking to avoid injury after a history of ACL problems, Bertrans has opted out. It’s a long shot for the Wizards to make 8th seed and the odds of them beating the Bucks in the first round are even more slim. Jerian Grant will be his replacement.
Willie Cauley-Stein – Dallas Mavericks
Cauley-Stein will have a newborn baby to take care of in July! The Mavs didn’t look for another center though and instead signed Trey Burke to give the team more depth in the back court.
Avery Bradley – Los Angeles Lakers
In the wake of the BLM movement and social justice fight, Bradley felt that the restart of the season would draw attention away from it. He is the only player so far to take this stand and the only player from a top, true championship contender team to opt out. The Lakers have signed J.R. Smith for the rest of the season.
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