New Orleans Pelicans
When thinking of teams that are not seriously considered contenders to win a championship, no team is suitable more than the New Orleans Pelicans. With a healthy Zion Williamson, the Pelicans is hoping to play a first-round playoff matchup with the Lakers in Orlando.
Although the Bucks practice facility was shut down due to a positive COVID-19 test, Milwaukee hasn’t announced that any players will be sitting out the NBA season’s return. The Bucks are one of the teams to be hoped to win the championship in Orlando.
The Raptors were never able to return to resume individual workouts due to the COVID-19 pandemic. However, the team has moved to Orlando since July 1 preparing for the NBA’s return. Although there have been more and more infected cases around Orlando, no players of the Raptors have publicly tested positive since the team’s arrival. To date, no Raptors players are sitting out of the league’s return.
The Celtics was one of the first teams to have players publicly test positive for the virus. Guard Marcus Smart announced his positive test on social media soon after the NBA’s hiatus. Howver, no Celtics players have announced their plan to skip the league’s return.
According to its Coach Eric Spoelstra, the Miami Heat expect to have their full 17 rosters intact for the league’s return in Orlando.
However, reports emerged earlier this month that three Miami Heat players have tested positive for the COVID-19 pandemic. Derrick Jones Jr. had tested positive but will join the team in Orlando while the other two players may have to wait to join the team.
The Pacers will be one of the league’s most heavily impacted teams due to the pandemic. In spite of locking up a playoff berth, the team will play without the participation of Victor Oladipo who continues to rehab from a torn quad tendon and said that he wasn’t comfortable enough to return to action.
Meanwhile, Malcolm Brogdon tested positive for the virus in June but has announced plans to join the team in their return.