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Doubt & Out: 20 NBA Players Who Will Miss 2020 Restart

Darren - July 13, 2020
NBA

Doubt & Out: 20 NBA Players Who Will Miss 2020 Restart

Darren - July 13, 2020

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6. Willie Cauley-Stein

Cauley-Stein won’t play because his wife is pregnant. The Dallas Mavericks star expects the birth of his newborn child in July, so understandably wants to be with his partner during this time. First of all, he doesn’t want to risk her health during this vulnerable period.

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With the NBA banning families from the Disney Hub until August, it simply wasn’t possible for Cauley-Stein to balance his commitments. That’s why he chose to put his family first. With a $2.29MM player option for 2020/21, he could still return to Dallas next season.

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5. Courtney Lee

Most NBA teams actually benefited from the unexpected hiatus because it gave injured players a chance to recover. Just take a look at the Toronto Raptors. However, the Mavericks actually lost a player to injury, not even illness. Lee managed to hurt his calf during the break.

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After playing in only 10 of the first 50 games for the Mavericks this season, Lee appeared in 14 of their past 17. However, he featured in 14 of the last 17 games, while starting five of the last six. With depleted numbers, Dallas would definitely prefer to have him available.

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4. Thabo Sefolosha

It’s possible that Sefolosha has featured for the final time in a Houston Rockets jersey. He will be an unrestricted free agent next season so he may never play for them again. First of all, he thinks it is too big of a commitment to be away from his family during the current health crisis.

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That’s why he’s not going to travel with his team to Orlando. The Rockets could make a dent in the playoffs this year, but they’ll have to do it without him. They intend to sign Luc Mbah a Moute as a replacement player for him. Mbah a Moute knows this team well so it’s a wise move.

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3. Kevin Durant

An Achilles injury suffered last season while playing for the Golden State Warriors ruled Durant out for the season. However, he says that he would probably refuse to play anyway because of the risks involved with the current health crisis. But he didn’t have to make that decision.

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Durant says that he with the Brooklyn Nets in spirit no matter what they decide to do. If they are happy to play, then that’s good, but if not, then he is in solidarity with them too. Next season will be big for Durant as he looks to make an impact with his new franchise.

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2. Victor Oladipo

This has been a very frustrating year for Oladipo. Ravaged by injury all year, the All-Star has ruled himself out of the restart. With one eye on a new contract with the Pacers or elsewhere, it’s an understandable reaction from the star guard. even if it disappoints Indiana.

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You get the feeling that next season will be a defining one for Oladipo. He does need to improve his shooting accuracy, while he also has to get more physical to take the punishment that he could before. The Pacers want to go to the next level, but is Oladipo the man to bring them there?

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1. Kyrie Irving

Irving has only played 20 games this season with injuries hampering him all year. Finally, a shoulder problem ended his season. He won’t return in Orlando and will continue rehabbing. The Nets aren’t a lock to make the playoffs so it is a blow to miss all of these players.

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There was speculation that he would return earlier than planned, but that does not appear to be the case. Instead, he wishes to get back to peak condition for the new season. The Nets could be a different prospect next year after losing a lot of players at different stages.

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