The NBA G League shut down play in mid-March, at the same time the NBA did after the positive coronavirus test of Rudy Gobert. However, without a big television contract or much gate revenue, there wasn’t the motivation to restart the G League season, as the NBA is doing.
Thursday the G League made the expected official, canceling the remainder of its season. It will finish without crowning a champion.
“While canceling the remainder of our season weighs heavily on us, we recognize that it is the most appropriate action to take for our league,” G League President Shareef Abdur-Rahim said in a statement. “I extend my sincere gratitude to NBA G League players and coaches for giving their all to their teams and fans this season. And to our fans, I thank you and look forward to resuming play for the 2020-21 season.”
The Wisconsin Herd (33-10) and Salt Lake City Stars (30-12) finished the season with the best records.
The G League did take care of its players, which was the right thing to do.
The NBA G League paid out all of its players through the season (17 canceled days) and extended their health benefits, per sources. https://t.co/NJhimO75lp
— Shams Charania (@ShamsCharania) June 4, 2020
With the NBA starting next season in December, the G-League will follow that schedule, with games through the winter and spring. There is a real possibility of expanded NBA rosters next season due to coronavirus fears, which will impact G League rosters as well, but there are a lot of details still to be determined.