In addition to Orlando, NBA would like to create a second bubble in Chicago for the eight teams left out of the playoff race, with a mini-training camp and games to be played in September. A sort of summer league designed for Hawks, Hornets, Bulls, Cavaliers, Pistons, Warriors, Timberwolves and Knicks.
If on the one hand the NBA prepares to welcome the 22 teams that will play playoffs in Orlando, on the other it must also worry about the 8 teams that have not been invited to Disney World, after the suspension of all activities from March in December which may jeopardize their future possibilities.
For this reason NBA is in advanced negotiations with the players association to create a second bubble for the eight teams left out, this time organizing it in Chicago, in a sort of Summer League to be played in September.
Teams are: Atlanta Hawks, Charlotte Hornets, Chicago Bulls, Cleveland Cavaliers, Detroit Pistons, Golden State Warriors, Minnesota Timberwolves and New York Knicks, which have already dealt with the league in a conference call.
The idea is to create mini-training camps and friendly matches between the eight teams following the same rigid protocols of the Orlando bubble, as specifically requested by the NBPA chief Michele Roberts and also supported by the commissioner Adam Silver.
The details have yet to be discussed, because there is talk of two weeks of training and four games for each team, but the plan seems to be outlined by now, although not everyone thinks it is the best solution.
What about the second bubble
Considering Cocid-19 numbers are increasing across USA, many have criticized the opportunity to make a second bubble for eight teams that basically have nothing to play, unlike those present in Orlando.
The Detroit Pistons coach Dwane Casey said: "Rather than the bubble, I would rather be able to have a mini-camp in our gym. This would allow us to bring the whole team together, create chemistry between the players, improve and have some competition.
We think we can do it safely on our training ground. What is certain is that we cannot allow the boys to remain still from 11 March to late December without doing something. It would hurt their careers, it's too long a stop."
Of the eight teams, the one with the least incentives to go are Golden State Warriors. GM Bob Myers said: "Our position is Let us know what you can do. If it will be beneficial to send most of our players, then we will.
Otherwise we will manage as best we can. We must balance health and safety. If there will be an opportunity to make our young people work in a safe environment, then we will agree."