The NBA intends to put together a bubble for the G League for the 2020-21 season, and already teams are signing up. Others are taking a pass.
Per reports, the bubble will take place next month in Atlanta, and NBA teams will need to come up with $500,000 to serve as an entry fee for their minor-league affiliates. Yes, it will cost 500 grand.
But the G League hasn’t operated since March, and this is one way to get young players the game experience and development for which parent clubs long. And say what you will about the NBA’s terrible television ratings during its own restart (and they were indeed atrocious), but there was never any doubting the league’s effectiveness at keeping COVID-19 at bay.
So far, reports suggest the Cleveland Cavaliers, Indiana Pacers, Philadelphia 76ers are among those that intend to send their G League affiliates to the bubble. The Miami Heat, Los Angeles Lakers, Boston Celtics and Detroit Pistons are reportedly out.
Much like the NBA restart, it is believed the NBA is eyeing around a dozen “seeding” games for G League teams, followed by a tournament.