Report: Jayson Tatum among players reluctant to return in league's resumption in Orlando

Ryan Hannable
June 16, 2020 - 7:54 pm

The NBA is set to return July 31 in Orlando with the players staying and playing games at Disney World.

There are a few concerns with a return, including the coronavirus with cases spiking in Florida, but also the threat of injury for players who are set to cash in on big contracts.

According to the New York Daily News, Celtics forward Jayson Tatum -- who is eligible for a max extension in the offseason -- has expressed a reluctance to play because of it. The 22-year-old has emerged as one of the better players in the league and was averaging 23.6 points per game before the season was put on hold.

Earlier in the week it was reported Tatum is among a few players seeking insurance policies from the league in case they were to get COVID-19 or suffer an injury that could prevent them from signing a max contract extension this offseason.

Players reportedly have until June 24 to tell their respective teams if they will not play in Orlando.

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