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Rockies’ Ian Desmond opting out of playing in 2020, citing high risk amid pandemic

[ad_1] Ian Desmond will opt of playing this season, the Colorado Rockies outfielder announced Monday."The COVID-19 pandemic has made this baseball season one that is a risk I am not comfortable taking," he wrote at the end of a lengthy post on Instagram that touched on race and opportunities for youth baseball players.Desmond, who was born in Sarasota, Florida, wrote that he's not "leaving baseball behind for the year. I'll
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Nets’ Wilson Chandler opting out to remain with family

[ad_1] NEW YORK -- Brooklyn Nets forward Wilson Chandler has informed the team that he is opting out of playing in Orlando.Chandler cited spending more time with his family -- particularly his grandmother, who raised him, and three children -- as the primary reason for sitting out."As difficult as it will be to not be with my teammates, the health and well-being of my family has to come first," Chandler
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With Avery Bradley opting out of restart, JR Smith emerges as leading candidate for Lakers, sources say

[ad_1] Los Angeles Lakers guard Avery Bradley has opted out of playing in the NBA's Orlando restart of the season, he told ESPN on Tuesday night.Bradley, who started 44 games for the Lakers this season, informed team management of his decision to stay back. The Lakers will be able to sign a replacement player for Bradley, with free-agent scorer JR Smith emerging as a leading candidate, sources told ESPN.At the
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Sources — Blazers’ Trevor Ariza opting out of participation in NBA’s Orlando restart

[ad_1] Portland Trail Blazers forward Trevor Ariza is opting-out of participation in the NBA's Orlando restart of the season, committing instead to a one-month visitation window with his young son, sources tell ESPN.Ariza, a starter, has been involved in a custody case over his 12-year old son, and the mother's choice of granting a court-ordered one month visitation period during the league's quarantine of teams in Orlando left Ariza to
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Virginia guard Jerome opting for NBA draft

[ad_1] Virginia star Ty Jerome, a key contributor to his team's national championship run this season, will hire an agent and enter the NBA draft, per his Instagram page."After talking to my family, coaching staff and thinking about it a lot, I've decided to forgo my senior year of college and declare for the 2019 NBA draft," Jerome said in the video. "From Day 1, I always dreamed about playing