The NBA is reportedly closing in on allowing the eight teams who weren’t invited to the restart in Orlando to participate in their own bubble.
ESPN is reporting that a second bubble would take place in Chicago and would have mini-training camps and games. The target date for this bubble is in September which would be during the NBA Playoffs in Orlando.
The Cleveland Cavaliers along with the Golden State Warriors, Minnesota Timberwolves, Atlanta Hawks, Detroit Pistons, New York Knicks, Chicago Bulls, and Charlotte Hornets were the eight teams not invited to Orlando for the restart of the season which will restart on July 30 with an eight-game regular season, a potential play-in tournament and the playoffs to crown an NBA champion.
Cleveland finished with a 19-46 record but were playing some decent basketball prior to the suspension of the season on March 11. Once the All-Star break resumed, the team parted ways with head coach John Beilein and replaced him with assistant head coach J.B. Bickerstaff and the team responded well with the change going 5-6.
This potential restart would be beneficial for the young core in Cleveland to give them more time for development and to get more acclimated with Bickerstaff’s coaching style and scheme. One young player that could benefit the most is rookie forward Dylan Windler who missed all of the 2019-20 season with a stress fracture in his leg.
Although it’s unclear because this story is still developing, it’ll be interesting to see if anyone will choose to not participate because of the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. Larry Nance Jr. will be the one to keep a close eye on because he’s a higher risk because of his Crohn’s disease. Also keep in mind that veterans such as Kevin Love and Andre Drummond could also choose to not participate to not risk injury leading into the 2020-21 season which is tentatively scheduled for a December start.