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Report: NBA will test for PEDs, set up bubble guidelines

The League is putting into place protocol for players while they’re in the Orlando bubble, include PED tests and what happens when someone leaves.

A detail shot of the gam e ball during the game between the Golden State Warriors and the Philadelphia 76ers at Chase Center on March 07, 2020 in San Francisco, California. Photo by Lachlan Cunningham/Getty Images

UPDATE: June 8 — We’ve got some new updates on the protocol that will be put into place in Orlando. The Athletic’s Shams Charania reported Monday afternoon that the NBA will conduct PED tests while in Orlando but tests for recreational drugs will remain suspended.

An important thing to note is what will happen if players decide to leave the bubble. They’d be really setting their team back big time. Shams says the NBA will quarantine any player who leaves the bubble for 10 days and they can only return after two negative COVID-19 tests.

The NBA is deciding what to do about injured players and players who test positive for coronavirus, sources told ESPN on Saturday. What will happen if a player tests positive or goes down with an injury? How will they be replaced? These are all questions the NBA needs to answer before we get back to basketball on July 31.

The NBA is set to resume play in late July in Orlando. With 22 teams heading to one place, there is strict protocol in place to ensure safety. Still, there’s a chance somebody tests positive and/or an injury occurs during training camp or in a game. When this happens, how will a player be replaced? Will there be players outside the bubble who will come in? How will transactions work? Can teams add or subtract from their roster at all? A lot needs to be clarified.