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Fred VanVleet isn’t confident NBA season will resume, is worried more about health & safety than payday

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Toronto Raptors guard Fred VanVleet was in the midst of a career season, and is one of the main reasons why the team has all but secured themselves second place in the Eastern Conference with a 46-18 record. But then COVID-19 happened, and that changed the entire landscape of not only the NBA, but the world we live in.

Prior to the league pause, the 26-year old was averaging 17.6 points, 6.6 assists and 3.8 rebounds (all of which are career-highs). To put those numbers into perspective, he is doing this during the final season of his current contract, which in all likelihood would’ve set him up for a big payday this summer.

So you got to think this coronavirus pandemic has gotten to him on a personal level, it not only impacted his team’s chances as repeating as champions but it might also affect the amount of money he could get in the open market. He admits that it is in the back of his mind, but is definitely more concerned about the well-being of his family and the people that are being impacted worldwide.

“I’m not one of those guys that tries to like give a vanilla answer. Yeah, I think about (free agency)…I’m human. I felt like I worked myself into a good position, I was having a helluva year and I was planning on having a great playoffs to cap that off.” said VanVleet.

“People’s health and well being and frame of mind is a lot more important than a couple million here or there, because we’re all filthy rich compared to what we came from in the first place, so I don’t think anybody’s crying over it” 

As for when the season will continue, the Raptors guard certainly has his doubts. While the rest of the basketball world remains optimistic, he struggles to see how everything will be safe enough or organized in a way that will allow the league to confidently resume in the summer.

“If we’re saying the timeline matters, we’re saying all these certain things and you’re looking around the world at what’s going on with the virus itself, if our league is going to be a leader in terms of public health and player safety, you’ve gotta follow the guidelines of what the virus is speaking to you…So the odds are probably against us in terms of that.” added VanVleet.

The league is in discussions to possibly start up in July, and play in neutral sites to prevent the spread of COVID-19.


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Vince Carter officially announces retirement after 22 NBA seasons

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Vince Carter is packing his bags and riding off into the sunset.

The eight-time NBA All-Star announced on Thursday via the Ringer’s ‘Winging It’ podcast that he is “officially done playing basketball professionally.”

At 43 years of age, Carter began his career with the Toronto Raptors during the 1998/99 season. Throughout his illustrious career, he averaged 16.7 points, 4.4 rebounds and 3.2 assists split between eight different teams in 1466 combined regular season games.

This past season with the Atlanta Hawks, he broke the NBA record for most seasons played, and become the first player to have played in four different decades. He is also the oldest player in NBA history to record at least 20 points

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NBA to vote on 22-team format starting back up on July 31

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There finally appears to be a concrete plan for the NBA to resume their season.

According to reports, the NBA has proposed a format that will consist of 22 of the league’s teams returning to action as early as July 31st at Orlando’s Disney World. The latest the season could end would be October 12th, which would be Game 7 of the NBA Finals.

The NBA’s board of governors and the National Basketball Players Association are still negotiating all the details, but there will be a vote on the plan this Thursday.

Three-fourths of the NBA’s 30 teams must vote in favor for the league to go ahead with the proposal. The plan is expected to pass with flying colors.

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Basketball’s EuroLeague cancels remainder of season due to coronavirus pandemic

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Europe’s top basketball league isn’t taking any chances with the COVID-19 pandemic, and has decided to cut the cord on the rest of the 2019/2020 campaign.

Euroleague Basketball President and CEO Jordi Bertomeu confirmed the league’s decision to cancel the season in a released statement.

“Without a doubt, this is the most difficult decision we have had to take in our 20-year history…Due to reasons beyond our control, we have been forced to cut short the most successful and exciting season in European basketball history.” said Bertomeu.

To look on the bright side, it appears things will be back to normal next season. The league will use this extra time off to ensure the 2020/2021 season will start at it’s expected time on October 1st.

EuroLeague officials plan to start the 2020-21 season on Oct. 1.

“All the league’s stakeholders maintained their determination and exhausted every possible avenue in trying to deliver a complete and uniquely special season to our fans, whose passion is the driving force for all our efforts,” added Bertomeu.

“That is our commitment and our passion every single season, and so falling short due to forces beyond anyone’s control is what saddens us most.”

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