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Consolation? Report suggests NBA considering ‘second bubble’ for teams not invited to Orlando

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FILE — A sign marking the entrance to ESPN’s Wide World of Sports at Walt Disney World is seen Wednesday, June 3, 2020, in Kissimmee, Fla. (AP Photo/John Raoux)

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SALT LAKE CITY — Only 22 of the 30 NBA teams were invited to participate in the league’s restart of the 2019-20 season in Orlando — the top eight seeds in each conference, along with the next best six teams, which ended up being five teams from the Western Conference and one team from the Eastern Conference. So where does that leave the remaining eight teams?

Up until Thursday, it was assumed that those teams — the Atlanta Hawks, Charlotte Hornets, Chicago Bulls, Cleveland Cavaliers, Detroit Pistons, Golden State Warriors, Minnesota Timberwolves and the New York Knicks — would simply be done with the 2019-20 season. But a new report from ESPN shines light on a new possibility — a second bubble location for the eight teams not invited to Orlando.

According to ESPN’s sources, while the details are still being worked out, the bubble would be held in Chicago. The precautions would be the same as will take place in Orlando, with all daily testing and quarantine requirements in place. The bubble would provide teams the chance to continue working out and playing basketball so the teams don’t go without any basketball from March until December. The bubble would feature a few weeks of team training camps, like what is happening in Orlando, and then would feature teams playing against each other, though no specific format has been announced.