Quoting “industry sources,” Marc Berman of the Post reports that the NBA’s G League season may not take place.
[T]here have been discussions of various scenarios for a G-League campaign, including not holding one at all and expanding NBA rosters instead.
One plan could feature having a handful of week-long G-League showcases in a bubble setting to ensure young players stay active. If a more normalized G-League season is attempted, sources said it would have to be with a regionalized schedule to reduce travel.
One big issue, Berman notes, is the G League’s reliance on commercial air travel and even busses, deemed far riskier
He added that one possibility, advocated by agents, is an expansion of NBA rosters from 15 to 17, eliminating the two two-way slots that have proven so successful for the Nets. Brooklyn got solid production from three of its two-way players in Timothe Luwawu-Cabarrot, Chris Chiozza and Jeremiah Martin. In each case, the player got big minutes in Long Island running the Nets system before being called up. Justin Anderson, another Long Island Net, joined the Nets in the “bubble.”
This was supposed to a big year for the G League with a new development team, called “Ignite” of top-rated high school players playing in Walnut Creek, California, as well as a team in Mexico City.
The new Gatorade-funded club will make its home base in Walnut Creek, Calif., and will be made up of recently graduated high school seniors, including stud Jalen Green, who didn’t want to go the one-and-done college route or head overseas like LaMelo Ball.
The select club is expected to host a tournament in November or December facing random G-League players. Its existence is a motivator to stage a season, sources indicated.
There’s been no word on the status of the Mexico City team. Last season, 28 of the 30 NBA teams had G League affiliates. In July, however, the Suns sold its G League team to the Pistons which has relocated it to Detroit. In addition to the Suns, the Trail Blazers and Nuggets don’t have G League affiliates.
The Nets situation is further complicated by uncertainty surrounding Nassau Coliseum’s availability. Mikhail Prokhorov, who renovated the Coliseum three years ago, abandoned the building, shuttering it and leaving the lease in the hands of his debt holders, 200 Chinese investors who received green cards in return of investments of $500,000 each. There’s no firm date for a re-opening, which will take months. There are also long-term plans to convert Nassau to a concert venue.
The Nets have declined comment on the issue.
- The NBA G-League is in jeopardy - Marc Berman - New York Post