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NBA Players Sitting Out of Season Restart: See Full List By Team and How Odds Have Changed

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Victor Oladipo was the latest NBAer to opt out of the Orlando bubble on July 3rd. Photo from Keith Allison (Wiki Commons)
  • We’re tracking which players have decided to opt-out of the Orlando bubble season re-start due to various reasons
  • You can also see which additions and subtractions to rosters around the league have affected teams odds in the championship, conference and playoff races
  • This chart will be updated frequently as news continues to come down about NBA player movement leading to the season’s resumption

With the NBA season tentatively set to resume on July 30th amidst the COVID-19 pandemic, news has begun to trickle in about various players opting to skip the Orlando bubble return to play format.

Whether it be for medical, financial or personal reasons – we’ve already seen multiple players opt-out of suiting up in the 22 team format, with more surely to follow.

We will be tracking player news on opt-outs and their replacement signings in the table below right up until the NBA kicks off in central Florida.

NBA Players Sitting Out and Signed for Season Restart in Orlando

Team Players Sitting Out Players Signed
Boston Celtics Gordon Hayward (Will leave bubble in September for birth of child) N/A
Brooklyn Nets DeAndre Jordan (COVID-19 positive test)

Wilson Chandler (Family health concerns)

Kyrie Irving (Injury rehab, social reform)

Kevin Durant (Injury rehab)

Nic Claxton (Shoulder surgery on Jun. 26th)

Tyler Johnson (1-yr, $212k)

Justin Anderson (1-yr, $196k)


Dallas Mavericks Willie Cauley-Stein (Family health concerns) Trey Burke (1-yr, $229k)
Denver Nuggets N/A PJ Dozier (1-yr, $183k)

Tyler Cook (2-way contract)

Houston Rockets Thabo Sefolosha (Family health concerns) David Nwaba (1-yr, $903k – 2020 club option)

Luc Mbah a Moute(1-yr, $289k)

Indiana Pacers Victor Oladipo (Re-injury/health concerns) N/A
L.A. Clippers N/A Joakim Noah (1-yr, $289k)
L.A. Lakers Avery Bradley (Family health concerns) J.R. Smith (1-yr, $289k)
Memphis Grizzlies N/A Anthony Tolliver (1-yr, $289k)
Miami Heat N/A N/A
Milwaukee Bucks N/A N/A
New Orleans Pelicans N/A N/A
Oklahoma City Thunder N/A Lugentz Dort (4-yr, $5.4m)
Orlando Magic N/A N/A
Philadelphia 76ers N/A Ryan Broekhoff (1-yr, $163k)
Phoenix Suns N/A Cam Payne (2-yr, $2.1m)
Portland Trail Blazers Trevor Ariza (Family reasons) Jaylen Adams (1-yr, $163k)
Sacramento Kings N/A Corey Brewer (1-yr, $289k)
San Antonio Spurs N/A Tyler Zeller (1-yr, $245k)
Toronto Raptors N/A N/A
Utah Jazz N/A N/A
Washington Wizards Davis Bertans (Hitting Free Agency) Jerian Grant (1-yr, $196k)

Table last updated July 3rd

  • Gordon Hayward has announced he will leave the bubble to accompany his wife for the birth of their 4th child regardless of the Celtics standing in September. Their odds to win the East remained +700 after the announcement on July 3rd
  • Despite swapping the defensive prowess of Avery Bradley for the offensive-minded game of J.R. Smith the Lakers are still +240 favorites for the 2020 title
  • The Nets roster may look entirely different by the time play begins in Orlando, but they are still heavy favorites to make the postseason in the East – as only the woeful Wizards can challenge them for a spot

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