Amidst Covid-19 uncertainty and unprecedented situation, nobody really knows what the NBA 2020 draft is going to look like and how NBA franchises will react after seeing their revenues and incomes getting plummeted.
Like always, players will be hitting the open market, traded will be made but will the team be ready to offer max salary contract to players? And what about the players who are on the wrong side of age, or the players who didn’t have the best of the 2019-20 season? Here are five players who face an uncertain future next season:
- Carmelo Anthony: Without a team for one year, Portland Trail Blazers offered Anthony a one-year non-guaranteed deal when they lacked a quality player at the power forward spot. And the 10-time All-Star didn’t disappoint. Anthony rolled back the years and became a fan-favorite in Rip City with some terrific displays, while his game-winning shot against the reigning champions Toronto Raptors proved that he remains a class player who has done enough to guarantee a spot in the NBA Hall Of Fame. But even after exceeding expectations with the Blazers, and becoming one of most valuable players on Dream11 Prediction, he faces skepticism.
- Rudy Gobert: Utah Jazz’s big-man once again put up monsters numbers this season. He is a dominant force on the court, and one of the most-picked players in Fantasy NBA. But it’s his off-the-court antics, the coronavirus prank he pulled on media is the reason why we don’t know what the Jazz are going to look like in 2020. The big Frenchman was the first player to test positive for COVID-19, with teammate Donovan Mitchell becoming the league’s second player to diagnose with the disease a few hours later.
- Reggie Jackson: Mostly due to health reasons, he failed to live up to his huge contract with Detroit Piston. He got a lifeline and a second chance to show his worth after Los Angeles Clippers offered him a short contract in winter. But his immediate future with the Clippers depends a lot on his fitness and how he does off the bench when NBA does return in the near future.
- Tristan Thompson: It’s clear that Thompson’s career has been on the downward trajectory in the last few seasons. He is likely to hit the free agency in 2020 and his inconsistency and fall from grace means there won’t be too many high profile suitors looking for his signature. But he has a decent 2019-20 season and has even buried a handful of 3-pointers. He is talented and his championship experience will allow any team to add perfect rotation to their roster.
- Marc Gasol: After failing to lead some talented Memphis Grizzlies teams to the glory, Marc Gasol finally got his hands on the ultimate prize as he starred in Toronto Raptors’ title-winning campaign. But he is 35 now, and you have to wonder how much he has left in his tank.