NBA Rumors: League, Players Agree To Insurance Plan For Resumed Season

The NBA is preparing to resume its 2019-20 season, but some players are worried about the health risks that come with the resumption.

The league reportedly has tried to address that, attempting to help ease fears with a new “enhanced” insurance plan for players who will travel to the Walt Disney World Resort in Orlando, Fla., according to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski.

The plan would cover career-ending injuries either related to COVID-19 or typical basketball injuries.┬áThe potential policy could cover players upwards of “several million dollars,” per Woj.

Health and safety protocols surrounding COVID-19 have been a major sticking point for players as the league looks to resume. And while soft-tissue injuries are among the biggest basketball-related injuries players are worried about, it’s the coronavirus that could pose the biggest threat to the players and the season.

One Western Conference playoff contender reportedly had four positive coronavirus tests in the past few weeks, according to Woj. Players are required to follow proper quarantine procedures once they return a positive test, a major point of concern for teams not guaranteed a spot in the playoffs prior to the resumption of the season.

The hope here, as Woj noted, is that players that test positive for COVID-19 now and in the future will have little to no symptoms, and many already have. But while young people are less likely to get severely ill from the virus, there’s no guarantee players will experience mild symptoms or even be asymptomatic should they contract it.

In the end, however, anything is possible, and the NBA isn’t willing to chance that.

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