NBA players will have anenhanced insurance policy during Orland bubble, covering career-ending injuries related to either COVID-19 or conventional basketball injuries.
When the NBA announced that it would make its return in Orlando on the 30th of July, many young stars experienced their concern over the restart.
They demanded that the NBA provide insurance policies that would cover career-ending injuries during the NBA bubble in Orlando.
The players have the right to not participate in the restart of the campaign. With voluntary withdrawal meaning a reduction in salary for the players but no other consequences.
Which players wanted the enhanced NBA Bubble insurance?
Many of the NBA’s youngest talents were at the forefront of bringing the need for insurances to the association.
These include Jason Tatum(Boston), Bam Adebayo(Miami), Donovan Mitchell(Utah), Kyle Kuzma (Lakers), and De’Aaron Fox( Sacramento).
These players with significant earning power talked with executive director Michele Roberts on the possibility of providing players with insurances.
These 5 players are eligible for rookie extensions beginning with the start of free agency in mid-October. An injury could mean them not getting a new bumper contract for the next season.
They didn’t only ask for insurance for themselves but for a large number of players returning for the restart.
What does the enhanced Covid-19 insurance cover?
The plan would cover career-ending injuries this summer. They could be either conventional basketball injuries or related to COVID-19.
NBA and NBPA have agreed to put into place an enhanced insurance plan for players in Orlando that would cover career-ending injuries related to Covid-19 or conventional basketball injuries, sources tell ESPN. Potential group policy would cover players for several million dollars.
— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) June 23, 2020
The potential group insurance policy would cover players for “several million dollars”.
Due to the three month forced break and limited access to basketball and training facilities, the players believe that they would at higher risk of getting injured in Orlando.
This was first reported by ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski via twitter.