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According to ESPN's Jackie MacMullan, the NBA is moving toward creating a 'second bubble’ in Chicago for the eight non-playoff teams that will not be participating in the NBA restart in Orlando.
The details of the second bubble have yet to be finalized but it appears this will be an alternative for the eight teams to be able to hold mini-camps, practices, and potentially scrimmage against each other to prepare for next season. Team officials from 7 out of the 8 teams were present on the call with the league office on Thursday and there is still a considerable amount of hurdles to overcome in terms of safety, timing, and which players would be participating. If all goes as planned, the NBA expects the second bubble to kick-off in September.
Hawks All-Star point guard Trae Young is wants to improve his conditioning level this offseason in an effort to "play at 100% for a longer period of time on both ends."
Trae Young was an offensive dynamo in his sophomore campaign, putting up 29.6 points, 4.3 rebounds, 9.3 assists, along with 3.4 triples per night. He even contributed on the defensive end for fantasy owners, swiping 1.1 steals per contest. However, fantasy does not always translate to reality. It's known that Young is constantly tested on the defensive end of the floor and it doesn't help that the Hawks held the third-worst in defensive efficiency rating as a team this season. Clearly, defense needs to be a priority to be more competitive next season and it starts with Young. Young's matured into the leader of the youthful Hawks and will need to be the engine that elevates their game on both ends of the floor if they want to put more "W's" in the win column. Young has all of the upside you want in a fantasy player and should be selected within the first 20 picks next season.
Hawks guard Trae Young spoke with Adrian Wojnarowski and WNBA Star Chiney Ogwumike on ESPN’s One Team Speaker Series and told them that he’s staying active, working out, and will be ready to go once the season picks back up.
Although he’s confident he’ll be ready once the games start to be played, Young admitted it could take some time to get back into basketball shape. “Right now, I'm gonna say I'm not necessarily prepared because I haven't run, I haven't played. I haven't touched the ball or been able to," Young said. "But one thing I'll say is I will be prepared. That's something that I know for a fact. If we do end up coming back, there's gonna be some time where we get kind of like a mini-training camp started where we can get back in shape, play, and just kind of get back into the game flow. So if I'm not prepared right now, I will be when it returns." Young was averaging a whopping 29.6 points, 4.3 rebounds, 9.3 assists, and 1.1 steals in 35 minutes per game. He’s easily a top-5 point guard option in all fantasy league formats.
Trae Young scored 31 points (11-25 FG, 6-13 3PT, 3-4 FT), grabbed four rebounds, distributed 16 assists, and had six turnovers in Monday night’s home win against Charlotte.
Young had a huge night for the Hawks in a dramatic home win against the Hornets. Tonight’s double-double marks his 27th this season. Concerningly, tonight’s six turnovers was his 23rd game this season where he coughed up six turnovers or more in a contest. Despite the turnovers, he is still an elite option. With two more home games this week for the Hawks, expect Young to continue to help his fantasy owners fight for a playoff spot.
Trae Young scored 16 points (4-16 FG, 1-10 3PT, 7-9 FT), with five rebounds, four assists, two steals, and five turnovers in 28 minutes in Saturday night’s 118-101 loss to Memphis.
Young couldn’t hit the backside of a barn tonight, shooting just 1-10 from downtown. Maybe the illness is having an effect on his shooting stroke, as he’s now 1-14 from three in his last two games. He’s a superstar, and there’s no need at all for fantasy owners to panic after just two subpar performances. Look for Trae to get back on track Monday when the Hawks take on the Hornets in Atlanta.