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G League Draft Monday as Long Island prepares for season in ‘bubble’

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With the G League ready to start up its 2021 season, the league’s draft will be held on Monday, reports Jonathan Givony of ESPN and Draft Express...

Veteran players —those with five years or more service— are eligible for the Draft because each of the 17 teams affiliated with NBA clubs can sign one veteran per team.

Long Island, who with the 20th worst record in the 2019-20 season, will reportedly have the 8th pick in the Draft but the league has not published a draft order. GM Matt Riccardi will make the pick as well as others in later rounds.

Players on G League rosters are to begin “at-home” quarantine a week from Wednesday, Then, on January 19, players will gather in their home markets for further quarantine and medical testing. A week later, players will travel to the “bubble,” at Disney World with training camp to begin on January 29 and games on February 8.

The league is reportedly charging NBA teams a $500,000 fee to cover costs of the “bubble.” Long Island recently hired veteran Brooklyn assistant Bret Brielmaier as head coach.

Based on a variety of reports, Long Island will field a team that will include their two two-ways, Reggie Perry and Chris Chiozza, affiliate players Elie Okobo, Paul Eboua, Nate Sestina and Jordan Bowden as well as G League vets Tariq Owens, Kaiser Gates, and Matt Farrell, all acquired in off-season moves. Nicolas Claxton, who’s recovering from knee tendinopathy, will also likely see action as part of his rehab.