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Report: Another NBA bubble for ‘Delete 8’ teams looking unlikely

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There is “growing belief” that a second bubble site for the eight NBA teams not invited to Orlando will not take place, according to The Athletic.

A second site for minicamps and scrimmages had been considered for the NBA’s so-called “Delete Eight” in 2019-20, possibly to be held in Chicago. However, things aren’t looking good for that plan:

“There’s nothing happening,” a general manager said after a call between with league officials for all eight teams. “It’s a shame. It’s a huge detriment to these eight franchises that were left behind.”

Opinions have seemingly shifted about the prospect of a second bubble. Teams were initially optimistic about the idea, with camps set to open in mid-August, but the NBPA has become increasingly concerned about the health risks that would come with operating a second campus.

Basketball-wise, the teams wanted to set up a site so teams can scrimmage during the extended hiatus, some of which would have been televised. But safety concerns seem to be outweighing potential revenue, at least at the moment.

However, the NBPA is reportedly open to setting up market-specific bubbles for teams to hold minicamps, but it’s also not clear if this will happen. Those eight teams (Charlotte Hornets, Chicago Bulls, New York Knicks, Detroit Pistons, Atlanta Hawks, Minnesota Timberwolves, Cleveland Cavaliers, and Golden State Warriors) have only been able to conduct 1-on-o workouts during the extended layoff — which could last up to eight months for teams not invited to Orlando.

Training camp for the 2020-21 season is tentatively slated to begin on Nov. 10, while the 2020-21 season is scheduled to start on Dec. 1, though things are fluid.

At least for the time being, the challenges and risks of operating another bubble seem to be overtaking the worries about any competitive disadvantage for teams missing out on the restart in Orlando.