As the NBA season is set to restart on July 31st, several players have already used their option to opt of the shortened season. Let’s take a look at who is out and how that will affect title shots
Avery Bradley: Bradley is opting out due to his son, who has health ailments regarding his lungs and would likely not be able to enter the Orlando “bubble”. This will be a blow to the Lakers as they will be losing a veteran point guard who is a defensive presence and was averaging 8.6 points a game. The Lakers will be looking to fill the void left by Bradley with rumors circulating that JR Smith or Jamal Crawford could be potential targets. Bradley has also been outspoken about how players can use their platform for social justice issues in America and how he will continue his work during the summer.
Trevor Ariza: Trevor Ariza will not be joining the Blazers in Orlando as he will opt to spend time with his 12-year-old son. Ariza, who is in the midst of a custody battle is choosing to commit to a court-ordered one-month visitation schedule. Ariza joined the team in January after being dealt from the Sacramento Kings. He has averaged 11 points and 4.8 rebounds since being acquired by the team. The Blazers will plan on looking in the free-agent market for someone to replace Ariza. Nick Young has been campaigning on social media for an NBA comeback and this could be an option for Portland
Davis Bertans: The sharpshooting Washington Wizards Forward has opted of the season with health concerns and to preserve himself for next season.
Demarcus Cousins: Although not officially on a team, many believed that the four-time all-star would be re-joining the Lakers with the new expansion rosters. But as of Tuesday, Cousins has opted out of the season to continue rehabbing