Just one week after a report from ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski pointing to an “inevitable solution” of voluntary, in-market workouts for teams omitted from the NBA’s Orlando bubble, additional buzz is pointing to that outcome. On Friday afternoon, Wojnarowski reported that discussions are continuing between the NBA and NBPA, with a target date of September.
The discussions for the eight teams left out of Orlando restart continue to center on in-market workouts starting in September, sources tell ESPN. Those teams remain anxious for chance to get teams back in gym during long hiatus — especially with no summer league.— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) August 14, 2020
From there, Shams Charania of The Athletic shed light on additional details for the in-market workouts, indicating that there are “serious talks” taking place.
The reported plan would feature one week of individual workouts and two weeks of group practices, including one hour of five-on-five scrimmaging per day. Beyond that, daily testing will reportedly take place with an aim toward maintaining safety in a non-bubble setting.
Earlier in August, ESPN reported that the NBPA “won’t agree to mandatory reporting for players” in this setting, which leads to some level of uncertainty on how things will unfold. Still, this is the most tangible reporting on the next step for the Atlanta Hawks, which is crucial under the reality that the team will be out of action, at least from the perspective of competitive games, for more than eight months.
In-market workouts aren’t necessarily comparable to the competitive environment enjoyed by 22 of the league’s 30 teams in Orlando. However, there is plenty to be gained for the Hawks if the reported proposal comes to fruition, with a real opportunity for players and coaches to come together with an eye toward the 2020-21 season and beyond.