With free agency on the horizon OKC Thunder forward Danilo Gallinari never wavered on opting into Orlando
OKC Thunder forward Danilo Gallinari spend the duration of the NBA hiatus in Oklahoma City working out in preparation for the restart. His native Italy was hit hard by the COVID-19 pandemic although they’ve flattened the spread and are doing much better now.
Meanwhile, America is undergoing the second wave of coronavirus hitting new highs for positive tests with Florida leading the way as the new epicenter of the U.S. pandemic. Over the past month, Florida has experienced spikes in positive tests with numbers climbing to 9,000 and 10,000 in recent days.
Fortunately, the Orlando bubble and ESPN Wide World of Sports at Walt Disney World will inarguably be the safest place in the state due to all the efforts the NBA and NBPA have undertaken to make it as healthy and safe as possible.
Free agency or history of health issues opt-out:
Still, there are players opting out of participating either due to pre-existing injuries, health concerns (both of the player or family members), the position of their team entering the bubble, and chances of moving deep into the postseason, impending free agency or a combination of several of these factors.
Just today Victor Oladipo announced he will opt-out which is a gigantic hit for the Indiana Pacers. Indy and the 76ers are tied with 39 wins but by virtue of the Pacers holding the season record, they sit in fourth. That likely changes with this news as the 76ers have the easiest Eastern eight-game schedule.