There are a few New York Knicks players who could benefit from playing in Chicago.
The NBA is strongly considering hosting a second “bubble” in Chicago for the eight teams who were not invited back to play in Orlando. While details still need to be finalized, the event would take place sometime in September and allow teams an opportunity to hold mini training camps and play each other in a tournament-like atmosphere, as reported by ESPN.
The New York Knicks have made it known that they are reluctant to participate in a second bubble. Due to the structure of several of their veteran players’ contracts, many are set to become free agents this offseason and wouldn’t have much incentive to travel with the team amid a global pandemic.
While it seems practical to allow the Knicks to host their own training camp in the New York area for their young players and new head coach later this summer, if the NBA ultimately decides to force them into a return in Chicago, there are a few young players who could benefit from this.
Of course, health and safety should be the number one priority in thinking about teams traveling from different parts of the country to meet in one location for an exhibition event.
But for the purposes of this article, we will assume the conditions allow for teams to play in a safe environment (however unrealistic that might be). We will also assume that teams will be allowed to carry an expanded roster of players to make up for veteran players who decide to opt out.