The NBA is looking at forming a second “bubble” in Chicago, allowing the eight non-playoff teams left out of Orlando to play out some games, per ESPN’s Jackie MacMullan.
The NBA is closing in on signing off on a second “bubble” in Chicago for the eight teams that were not invited to play in Orlando, enabling mini-training camps and subsequent games against other clubs with a target date of September, sources tell ESPN’s Jackie MacMullan.— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) July 2, 2020
So right off the bat, that would include the Warriors, Bulls, Cavaliers, Timberwolves, Knicks, Hornets, Hawks and Pistons. It seems like each team would be able to meet up for training camps to stay in shape while also holding scrimmages against each other. These are the eight teams that will automatically be entered into the NBA Draft Lottery. We’ll need to wait and see who else joins them after the eight-game regular season in Orlando.
Honestly, this is probably safer than the Orlando bubble by a wide margin. We aren’t totally sure how well Chicago is handling coronavirus, but we know Florida isn’t doing a great job right now. This also could be pretty interesting with the Warriors involved. We know that Klay Thompson has sat out the entire season recovering from a torn ACL. Stephen Curry had just gotten back into the lineup for the Dubs before the League shut down. Between the Dubs, Hawks with Trae Young, and T-Wolves with Karl-Anthony Towns and D’Angelo Russell, we’d have some exciting basketball.
K.C. Johnson of NBCSN Chicago has some insight into how this may work in ChiTown. Johnson also mentions that there are more hurdles and the Players Association still needs to give it the green light.
Regarding the potential second bubble in Chicago, this scenario would need to be agreed to by the players association. Work remains on that front, I’m told. If hurdles get cleared, Wintrust Arena makes sense from logistical standpoint because it’s connected to a hotel.— K.C. Johnson (@KCJHoop) July 2, 2020