All 22 NBA teams participating in the NBA’s restart have arrived at the Disney campus, and by Saturday evening, all 22 teams will have had at least once practice.
But as teams get adjusted to their new normal for the remainder of the season in the controlled, bubble-like environment designed to keep players and staff safe from COVID-19, not all players expected to play have arrived in the Orlando area.
Scrimmages are set to begin July 22 and the seeding games to conclude the regular season will begin July 30 and end Aug. 14. The playoffs are scheduled to begin Aug. 17.
Here are notable players who have not arrived at Disney:
Los Angeles Clippers forward Kawhi Leonard
Forward Kawhi Leonard has not yet joined his Los Angeles Clippers teammates in Orlando. (Photo: Troy Taormina, USA TODAY Sports)
Leonard remained in California for personal reasons, according Yahoo! Sports. He is expected to join the Clippers, who are in second place in the Western Conference and are considered a championship contender.
Houston Rockets' James Harden and Russell Westbrook
They were not on the team flight Thursday, a person with knowledge of the situation told USA TODAY Sports. The person requested anonymity because he was not authorized to speak publicly about the situation. They are expected to join the team.
Denver Nuggets' Nikola Jokic
The Nuggets center remains in his native Serbia. Jokic tested positive for COVID-19 and has not been able to return to the U.S. The Nuggets are planning for his return, but he was not expected at Denver’s practice Friday afternoon.
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