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.
Sources: The NBA and NBPA have agreed to conduct performance-enhancing drug testing during resumed 2019-20 season in Orlando — but tests for recreational drugs will remain suspended.— Shams Charania (@ShamsCharania) June 8, 2020
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.
Sources: Expected protocol if an NBA player leaves the Orlando bubble: Quarantined for no less than 10 days and must have two negative coronavirus tests.— Shams Charania (@ShamsCharania) June 8, 2020
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.