As the NBA’s June 24 deadline for withdrawal from the Orlando Bubble approaches, let’s look at which San Antonio Spurs are most likely to sit out.
Months of patience from fans and diligence by Commissioner Adam Silver is slated to culminate in the return of the 2019-20 NBA season at the end of July. Given the financial ramifications of canceling the season altogether, Silver knew that the league needed to finish in some way shape or form, finalizing an Orlando Bubble plan that will include the No. 12 seed San Antonio Spurs.
There’s been meticulous reporting from the world’s greatest sources in NBA basketball over the course of these months. CBS Sports’ Jack Maloney reported that the league’s deadline for player withdrawal from the plan for resumption is June 24, which is this coming Wednesday.
The first player to officially withdraw from the season finale is former Spur and famed sharpshooter Davis Bertans, who is opting-out of a return to play. He’s a father to an infant and an international player who’d be returning to the States and putting his health at risk to play for a team with virtually no chance of making the NBA Playoffs, the Washington Wizards.
With Spurs star LaMarcus Aldridge out for the rest of the season as a result of shoulder surgery, it wouldn’t be surprising to see other Spurs decide to sit out. Whether it be an impending free-agent like DeMar DeRozan looking to preserve his health or an international player like Marco Belinelli who doesn’t want to travel, every player has a good reason not to show up.
Therefore, we must face the very candid reality that not all players are going to be ready and available for the silver and black when play resumes. There may even be coaches who might opt-out due to pre-existing health conditions or restrictions due to personal situations. Others could decide not to play to focus on social justice and bringing the Black Lives Matter movement to the forefront of our attention as a nation.
Regardless of their reasoning, these are the three individuals most likely to stay at home.