The NBA is setting up for a return and @thebondarbrand is here to talk about what the plan is looking like and what we can expect once the players hit the court!!
What up Mafia? This week’s NBA article will focus on the most recent player developments in the NBA’s upcoming return.
The schedule is set:
The league has released a 16 day schedule starting 7/30 until 8/14. Most days consist of 5 or more games starting as early as 12:30 EST. The slates are similar to Christmas Day, with each game playing back to back. The main issue for sites like FanDuel will be late swap. DraftKings should be fine but having an all day slate will be a major concern if NBA DFS is setup the same. Neither major site has announced scoring or setup for the restart.
I hit on the possibility of roster changes due to COVID 19 fears and new changes to roster sizes. The league has given all teams until July 1 to finalize their rosters.
Here are a few player transactions that will impact some teams:
⁃ The Lakers’ Avery Bradley will not play. Bradley’s absence will impact the guards rotation of KCP and Danny Green. The Lakers are also rumored to sign former Lebron teammate, JR Smith. The team will obviously rely on LBJ and AD. Don’t think Bradley will be missed.
⁃ Portland’s Trevor Ariza and Washington’s Davis Bertans have also decided to sit out. The impact of both will greatly increase bench roles for the Blazers and Wizards. The situation should clear up as we get closer to the first few games.
⁃Lou Williams is still at a 50-50 chance of playing. If he sits, you’d have to think the Clippers would take a big hit on their FINALS potential. It will boost Kawhi and PG13 in DFS with the added usage without Williams.
⁃Malcom Brogdan tested positive for COVID 19 but should be back to full health. The team is waiting on Victor Oladipo’s status with his past health concerns. The Pacers have until July 1 to decide if he’s going to be on the roster.
Next week, we will have a better idea of who is playing and not playing. Until then, we are getting closer each minute to a return to the court in Orlando. Take care and be safe.