Bradley Beal is the latest NBA player to opt out of the 'bubble.' Here's who else is sitting out

Isaiah J. Downing/USA TODAY Sports/ReutersBradley Beal is sitting out the NBA’s restart in Disney.
  • The NBA will resume the 2019-20 season in a “bubble” in Walt Disney World in July.
  • So far, eight players have opted out of playing, with several others scratched because of injuries and surgeries.
  • NBA teams travel to Disney July 7-9 to begin staying in the bubble.
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As the NBA nears a resumption of the 2019-20 season in a bubble in Disney World, several players won’t be taking part.

Several players have willingly opted out so far, but there are expected to be more. Several other players have suffered recent injuries or underwent surgery, ruling them out of the season’s restart.

Our list excludes players who have been injured all season long and did not play this year, like Kevin Durant, John Wall, and DeMarcus Cousins.


Bradley Beal, G/F

Tommy Gilligan/USA TODAY Sports/ReutersBradley Beal.

Team: Washington Wizards

Why he’s sitting out: Beal, the Wizards’ All-Star guard, had said he was undecided on playing in the bubble. He announced on Tuesday that he’ll sit out the resumption of the season because of a nagging shoulder injury.


Victor Oladipo, G

Brian Spurlock-USA TODAY SportsVictor Oladipo.

Team: Indiana Pacers

Why he’s not playing: Oladipo played in just 13 games this season after missing a whole year with a quadriceps injury. He was using the return to training to decide whether he would play in the Orlando bubble, and ultimately decided to sit out.


DeAndre Jordan, C

Nicole Sweet/USA TODAY Sports/ReutersDe’Andre Jordan.

Team: Brooklyn Nets

Why he’s not playing: Jordan announced via Twitter that he tested positive for COVID-19 and would not be going to Orlando. He is one of four Nets players, including Kyrie Irving and Kevin Durant, who will not play.


Wilson Chandler, F

Tim Fuller/USA TODAY Sports/ReutersWilson Chandler.

Team: Brooklyn Nets

Why he’s not playing:Chandler told ESPN’s Malika Andrews that he is choosing to avoid the Disney bubble for family concerns. Chandler cited his grandmother and three children as primary reasons he is staying home.


Willie Cauley-Stein, C

Jeremy Brevard-USA TODAY Sports/ReutersWillie Cauley-Stein.

Team: Dallas Mavericks

Why he’s not playing: Cauley-Stein, a reserve centre for the Mavs, is choosing to sit out because he and his partner are expecting a child in July.


Avery Bradley, G

Nelson Chenault/USA TODAY Sports/ReutersAvery Bradley.

Team: Los Angeles Lakers

Why he’s not playing: Bradley told Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN that he decided against playing in the bubble to be with his family. He also said his six-year-old son has had respiratory issues in the past and is at risk during the coronavirus pandemic. Bradley was also a vocal member of a player coalition led by Kyrie Irving that expressed concern about the NBA’s restart overshadowing the Black Lives Matter movement.


Trevor Ariza, F

Steve Dykes/USA TODAY Sports/ReutersTrevor Ariza.

Team: Portland Trail Blazers

Why he’s not playing:According to Wojnarowski, Ariza has a one-month visitation period with his son, which will occur during the NBA resumption. Ariza chose to see his son instead of attending the bubble.


Davis Bertans, F

Brian Rothmuller/Getty ImagesDavis Bertans.

Team: Washington Wizards

Why he’s not playing: Bertans was in the midst of a career year with the Wizards and is set to hit free agency this offseason. With the Wizards looking like long-shots to make the playoffs, and Bertans eligible for a big, multi-year deal, he is opting out of the risk of getting injured or sick in the Disney bubble.


LaMarcus Aldridge, C

Eric Gay/APLaMarcus Aldridge.

Team: San Antonio Spurs

Why he’s not playing: Aldridge underwent surgery on his right shoulder during the layoff and will be out for the remainder of the season. The injury had been bothering him before the season was suspended.


Bojan Bogdanovic, F

David Richard/USA TODAY Sports/ReutersBojan Bogdanovic.

Team: Utah Jazz

Why he’s not playing: Bogdanovic, a 20-points-per-game scorer for the Jazz, underwent surgery on his wrist during the break and will miss the rest of the season.


Kyrie Irving, G

Tommy Gilligan-USA TODAY SportsKyrie Irving.

Team: Brooklyn Nets

Why he’s not playing: Irving was ruled out for the season in March with a shoulder injury. Irving and the Nets confirmed he would not be able to play in the bubble, even with the season pushed back. Irving has also expressed concern with restarting the season.


Thabo Sefolosha, F

Troy Taormina/USA TODAY Sports/ReutersThabo Sefolosha.

Team: Houston Rockets

Why he’s not playing: Sefolosha did not initially give a reason for sitting out of the bubble, but in an interview with a Swiss media outlet, he said some Rockets players had COVID-19 and he did not want to take the risk of playing.


Kelly Oubre Jr., F

Rick Osentoski/USA TODAY Sports/ReutersKelly Oubre Jr.

Team: Phoenix Suns

Why he’s not playing: Oubre underwent knee surgery in March and will not be ready to play when the season resumes.


Courtney Lee, G

Jerome Miron/USA TODAY Sports/ReutersCourtney Lee.

Team: Dallas Mavericks

Why he’s not playing: Lee suffered a calf injury during the suspension and won’t be able to play when the season restarts.


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