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  • Dwight Howard
    C, Los Angeles Lakers

    Dwight Howard has decided to play for the resumption of the season in July.

    His status was up in the air at first, but he has now decided to play. This was a big redemption year for Howard and it's his best shot at a title since he was on the Orlando Magic so it isn't surprising to see him take advantage of this opportunity.

    Source: Shams on Twitter

  • LeBron James
    SF, Los Angeles Lakers

    According to Shams Charania, the NBA has informed players that they will not be able to travel with their respective teams to Orlando, should they fail to be tested on one of two days before the scheduled travel date.

    The report also says that if the player does indeed miss the said window to be tested, he will need to register three consecutive tests before traveling. This is a strict protocol, but one the league needs to enforce in order to ensure the safety of all of the players and staff who will be entering the "bubble" in Walt Disney World in preparation for the resumption of the 2019-20 season. There has been a lot of concern, especially with the growing number of cases being recorded in Florida.

    Source: Shams Charania on Twitter

  • LeBron James
    SF, Los Angeles Lakers

    The NBA has released its schedule of scrimmages for the Orlando restart, with games beginning on July 22.

    The league has tried to match up teams that are unlikely opponents for these scrimmages so nobody gets a really good look at what a potential playoff matchup might want to run. For example, the first day of scrimmages will see the Nuggets face the Wizards, the Nets take on the Pelicans, the Clippers against the Magic and the Kings vs. the Heat. Scrimmages will run through July 28.

    Source: Chris Haynes on Twitter

  • Anthony Davis
    PF-C, Los Angeles Lakers

    Anthony Davis has high expectations for the Lakers when they resume play later in July in Orlando, citing the long layoff as a favorable development for his squad.

    As if the Lakers weren't already squarely in the hunt for an NBA championship. When speaking to ESPN's Dave McMenamin, Davis said that he believes their "chances are higher just because we’re all rested and we’re all ready to go.” Depth seems to be the most glaring issue potentially facing the Lakers as they prepare to make the trip to Disney World, as defensive stalwart Avery Bradley recently opted out of the remainder of the season. Bradley was subsequently replaced by well-traveled veteran guard J.R. Smith (who has a long history of playoff runs alongside LeBron James with the Cavs), but the team is still unsure of veteran center Dwight Howard's status the rest of the way. Other than Howard, the Lakers' roster is seemingly set for Orlando. Davis sounds like he's ready to rock, however.

    Source: ESPN

  • LeBron James
    SF, Los Angeles Lakers

    Out of 344 players tested between June 24-29, nine have tested positive for COVID-19.

    That brings the NBA up to 25 positive cases among players since June 23 testing began, a positive rate of 7.1%. 10 out of 884 staff members have also tested positive. How the NBA handles any potential spread of the virus inside the Orlando bubble will make or break their entire plan.

    Source: Shams Charania on Twitter

  • Dwight Howard
    C, Los Angeles Lakers

    Dave McMenamin of ESPN reported that Dwight Howard remains in his Atlanta-area home and the Lakers hope he will eventually join them in Orlando.

    The Lakers do not plan to replace Howard on the roster. They are being patient with Howard, but if he decides to not play in Orlando the Lakers will likely look to sign another center.

    Source: Dave McMenamin on Twitter

  • Dwight Howard
    C, Los Angeles Lakers

    Speaking to reporters on Tuesday, Rob Pelinka said that Dwight Howard has yet to come to a decision on his playing status for the resumption of the NBA season, but he and the team are in frequent contact.

    Howard was one of the coalition of players who had been outspoken in spotlighting the importance of social injustice and police brutality. Teammate, and another player in the coalition, Avery Bradley, has opted to sit the remainder of the season, but the team is still waiting on Howard to make his. Whatever Howard ultimately decides to do, the organization, the fans and all of us here at HoopBall fully support.

    Source: Dave McMenamin on Twitter

  • LeBron James
    SF, Los Angeles Lakers

    Speaking to reporters on Tuesday, Lakers GM Rob Pelinka said that it doesn't appear there are any home-court advantages outside of the hotel accommodations.

    As of now, there doesn't seem to be any extra in-game play for higher-seeded teams, and it is going to be hard to come up with something inside the bubble. While playing on a crowd-less court at a neutral site is going to change the dynamic of pretty much everything, this information is something to keep an eye on for DFS players as home splits especially can be thrown out the window.

    Source: Mike Trudell on Twitter

  • JR Smith
    SG, Los Angeles Lakers

    The Lakers are reportedly finalizing a deal with JR Smith.

    Smith will be on the team's Orlando restart roster, taking the place of Avery Bradley. It would be a surprise to see Smith take even a moderate chunk of Bradley's playing time, as Danny Green and Kentavious Caldwell-Pope do more to provide defensive help and won't need to shake off a year's worth of rust.

    Source: Adrian Wojnarowski on Twitter

  • Brandon Ingram
    SF, New Orleans Pelicans

    The NBA announced on Friday that the Pelicans will take on the Jazz at 6:30 p.m. ET on July 30 in Orlando, the first NBA action since the league went on hiatus in the middle of March due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

    That game, the first of 88 "seeding games" that will be played between July 30 and August 14, will be followed by an immediate face-off between Kawhi Leonard and Paul George's Clippers and LeBron James and Anthony Davis's Lakers at 9 p.m. ET. Both of those first two games will be aired on TNT. On any given day, the start times range from 12-9 p.m. ET and there will be up to seven games per day. After the 88 seeding games, the postseason is scheduled to begin as normal, unless the team with the ninth best winning percentage in either conference is within fewer than four games behind the team with the eighth best record (regular season combined with seeding games) in the same conference. In that case, there will be a play-in tournament that will be double elimination for the eighth place team and single elimination for the ninth place team, to decide the final seed for the playoffs.

    Source: NBA.com

  • LeBron James
    SF, Los Angeles Lakers

    The NBA has announced that 16 players have tested positive for COVID-19, out of 302 tests overall.

    This only covers the tests administered on June 23. Players who test positive will now self-isolate. The league wants players and teams to prepare to head to Florida, where over 14% of tests returned positive yesterday, with the state adding 9,000 new cases in a single day. This pool's 5.3% positive rate is paltry by comparison but there are still many hurdles to clear before the season officially gets back on track.

    Source: Chris Haynes on Twitter

  • JR Smith
    SG, Free Agent

    After news broke of Avery Bradley's decision to opt out of the remainder of the NBA season on Tuesday night, the Lakers have once again emerged atop the J.R. Smith "sweepstakes" as they are now in the market for a replacement for Bradley.

    The team will definitely need a replacement for Bradley, even if its only for depth purposes. They don't have much depth at any position, but the guard spots are especially delicate. The Bradley decision is a big one and seeing Smith join forces with LeBron James one last time is a mouthwatering possibility.

    Source: Adrian Wojnarowski on Twitter

  • Avery Bradley
    SG, Los Angeles Lakers

    According to Adrian Wojnarowski, Avery Bradley, who had made headlines recently for his efforts to highlight the importance of the social justice movements, has decided to opt out of the remainder of the NBA season on Tuesday evening, which is scheduled to get underway next month at Disney World in Orlando.

    This is notable for many reasons, both on and off the court. For the Lakers, Bradley's employer, this is a significant blow. They have much of their cap space allotted to a few players and the roster depth they were able to scrap together at the end of last offseason is particularly important to their success. The Lakers are slim at most positions and this will put even more responsibility in the hands of players like Danny Green and Alex Caruso when the league resumes. Off the court, Bradley was at the forefront of reports last week that numerous NBA players, including high-profile players like Kyrie Irving and fellow Laker Dwight Howard, were wary of returning to the basketball court amid the police brutality and Black Lives Matter movements/protests currently taking place in the United States. The deadline for players to decide about the Orlando plan is Wednesday, and Bradley joins the likes of Davis Bertans and Trevor Ariza in opting to stay home when the league finally resumes play. Teams are allowed "replacement players" in the event that their current players opt out, so it should be interesting to see where the Lakers choose to go with their roster in the wake of Bradley's big choice.

    Source: ESPN

  • DeMarcus Cousins
    C, Los Angeles Lakers

    While multiple teams have expressed interest, DeMarcus Cousins has made the decision to sit out the NBA's restarted season to focus on rehab in preparation for the 2020-21 season, per Shams Charania.

    The Lakers, Heat and Wizards were just a few of the teams connected to Cousins but ultimately this is the smart play. Boogie has dealt with devastating leg injuries in the past few seasons, and he hasn't even returned long enough for anyone to know how badly they've affected his game. He'll likely be looking at another short-term deal this offseason.

    Source: Shams Charania on Twitter

  • LeBron James
    SF, Los Angeles Lakers

    While the NBA cannot ignore the increasing rate of COVID-19 cases in Florida, high-level team executives are reporting that the NBA remains confident in the Orlando bubble.

    Adam Silver is taking the danger associated with COVID-19 seriously, but the league is optimistic that they've taken the necessary precautions to proceed forward. Moreover, the largest case concentrations are in South Florida, not near Orlando, as central Florida has not seen as large of an increase in comparison. This moment is a reminder that the path ahead is going to be a bumpy one, and the NBA can only control so much of what is taking place outside of the Orlando bubble.

    Source: ESPN