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Says Woj,

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Thanks to COVID-19, and a series of progressively worse decisions, your Suns have not played since suffering a 128-107 loss against the Washington Wizards on Monday, January 11th. And there’s no telling when they’ll see the floor again.

In total three contests have already been lost, against Atlanta, Golden State, and Indiana, and Monday’s meeting with Memphis looks to be in serious jeopardy.

The Suns aren’t alone. The virus is slashing rosters, leaving teams without enough players to compete. According to ESPN basketball person Adrian Wojnarowski, the league is working to address this problem.

Woj likes it when I link to his articles. So be sure to read this. Woj writes:

The NBA and National Basketball Players Association must still agree on the details of granting teams an additional two-way roster spot for the balance of the regular season, but those talks are expected to soon culminate with an agreement and deeper roster options for teams struggling with COVID-19 issues, sources said.

NBA general managers have been enthusiastic in support of additional roster options this season, a broad sentiment that was shared with league office executives in a virtual meeting of NBA general managers on Friday, sources said.

In this 72-game shortened season, two-way roster spots allow players to be active for 50 games — and players’ eligibility is based upon three years or less of playing service.

This is obviously not any sort of attempt to address the handling of the virus itself, rather, it is a solution to fill those roster spots with more dudes who will get sick when the virus continues to rip through the Association.

Happy Friday. Stay tuned for more details.