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G League headed to ‘bubble’ outside Atlanta?

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There’s nothing official, but various NBA writers report the NBA is planning a “bubble” outside Atlanta for an abbreviated G League season, starting in late January and ending a little more than a month later. Details are still sketchy, but at least three reporters have laid out the basic outline...

Then Sunday, Adam Johnson, who covers the G League, provided more details...

Adam Zagoria, the New York writer who covers college and pro basketball, added additional information...

The “bubble” would presumably be located at the Gateway Center Arena at the Georgia International Convention Center in College Park, a suburb of Atlanta. It’s home of both the Hawks G League affiliate College Park Skyhawks and the WNBA’s Atlanta Dream.

The facility, opened only last year, is an ideal location. It sits next to Atlanta’s Hartsfield International Airport, the busiest airport in the world with easy connections to all the NBA’s cities. The convention center even has a stop on the Atlanta transit system linking it directly to the airport, further easing concerns about travel for two-way players.

The season, with 15 or 16 games, would be considerably shorter than a conventional G League affair which is normally 50 games long. So the question is how many of the 26 NBA teams with G League affiliates will agree to field teams in College Park. (Team Ignite, the Nets’ select development team whose roster is filled with top young players from the U.S. and overseas, will participate, Johnson reported.)

For the Nets, it’s hard to imagine they wouldn’t pay the entry fee. Just last week, Sharif Abdur-Rahim, president of the the G League, told the Long Island Nets podcast that the league relies on Brooklyn to be a leader. The Nets already have four players ready for the G League: two-ways Jeremiah Martin and Reggie Perry plus two training camp invites bound for Long Island — Jordan Bowden, a 6’5” shooting guard out of Tennessee, and Nate Sestina, a 6’9” stretch 4 who played for Kentucky and Bucknell.

Playing in the bubble would also resolve an issue for the Nets. Their home arena, Nassau Coliseum, is currently shuttered and there’s not specific date for it to be reopened, although Laura Curran, the Nassau County executive, said she believes the arena will be ready should the Long Island Nets need it.