Heat, Lakers Among Teams Likely To Bypass G League Bubble

Several franchises are expected to bypass the option of competing in the proposed NBA G League bubble, which would likely be located in Atlanta next month, league sources told Hoops Rumors.

The Celtics (Maine Red Claws), Heat (Sioux Falls Skyforce), Lakers (South Bay Lakers), and Pistons (Grand Rapids Drive) are among the teams that have indicated plans of not participating in the bubble, sources said, with discussions ongoing about the final structure of a season. The Athletic first reported that Boston planned on bypassing the bubble.

Among the topics still being discussed are player salaries, committed teams, and a precise calendar for the season. Franchises would have an entry fee of $500K. The newly-introduced G League Ignite team is a major consideration in the league’s push to salvage a season.

Teams would be expected to play a minimum of 12 games during the campaign, which could then be followed by a tournament, sources said. As in past years, a G League draft would be held at a date to be later determined.

Despite some teams gradually beginning to reject the idea, other franchises such as the Sixers (Delaware Blue Coats) and Raptors (Raptors 905) have committed to playing this season, sources said. All in all, optimism remains that a G League bubble will commence, with a minimum of double-digit teams participating and an announcement coming in the near future.

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7 thoughts on “Heat, Lakers Among Teams Likely To Bypass G League Bubble

  1. miamiheat319

    What happens to players on Exhibit 10 contracts if their respective G League teams don’t play?

    • Jeff Zanghi

      That’s a really good question… And the Celtics literally just signed a kid to an exhibit-10 deal a couple of days ago… so one would’ve assumed they had a plan for him to get some action with the Red Claws. Seems weird to sign a guy to an exhibit-10 deal if you have no intention of having your G-League club participate in the season/tournament…

  2. gstamp

    so teams with actual player development will participate and others will sit out. I wish more teams would use the gleague properly. The NBA would benefit greatly from it. There is absolutely no reason the Pistons should be sitting out of it, they are exactly the type of team that needs to develop players much better than they currently do.

  3. Jeff Zanghi

    Why are the Celtics (Maine Red Claws) option out? Or any of the teams for that matter…??? Why would any franchise not want to get their players the development opportunity to play even if it is only a handful of games? I mean I get that $500K is a good chunk of $ but not really for an NBA team — so it seems weird that if that’s the holdup that it would actually stop a club like the Celtics who clearly have to have the $500K necessary – from participating. There must be some other reason? I hope anyway…

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