Much as the surge of brand-new coronavirus cases nationally have slowed– they are still too high, however the rise has subsided, at least briefly– the number of NBA gamers testing positive has slowed: There was simply one last week.

Perhaps that takes some of the pressure off the requirement to include an 18th roster area to groups. Those talks, which began a couple of weeks back, have stalled out over the kind of player contract, reports Marc Stein of the New York Times.

This season’s tough capped teams consist of the Lakers, Clippers, Bucks, Jazz, Nuggets, Celtics– teams with title goals (and expecting to make deep playoffs runs). Their challengers are loath to offer these teams a benefit, especially since veteran stars who might assist would flock to the competitors.

Some NBA general supervisors had actually pushed for bigger rosters before the season, understanding they would need bodies and flexibility, however picked the standard 15-man lineup with expanded usage of two two-way gamers.

Philadelphia coach Doc Rivers kept in mind that while including a lineup spot might allow more video games to get played, this is still including an end-of-the-bench fringe NBA player– it’s not likely to alter winning and losing. The gamers on the lineup now will be crucial to that.