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SportsPulse: USA TODAY Sports’ Mark Medina discusses the difficult decision facing players to resume the season and how teams have reacted to the few who have already opted out.

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Brooklyn Nets star Kyrie Irving has been among the group of NBA players skeptical of the league’s planned restart in Orlando next month. While he won’t be participating due to a shoulder injury, one of his teammates won’t be making the trip, either. 

Wilson Chandler told ESPN on Sunday that he is opting out of the restart. 

“As difficult as it will be to not be with my teammates, the health and well-being of my family has to come first,” he told ESPN. “Thank you to the Nets organization for understanding and supporting me in this decision, and I will be watching and rooting for our team in Orlando.”

Chandler, 33, was suspended for the first 25 games of the season for violating the terms of the NBA’s Anti-Drug Program by testing positive for Ipamorelin.

“As difficult as it will be to not be with my teammates, the health and well-being of my family has to come first,” Wilson said. “Thank you to the Nets organization for understanding and supporting me in this decision, and I will be watching and rooting for our team in Orlando.” https://t.co/bN37YdF9zX

— Malika Andrews (@malika_andrews) June 28, 2020

A handful of NBA players across the league have announced they are opting out for various reasons, including the Wizards’ Davis Bertans, the Los Angeles Lakers’ Avery Bradley and the Portland Trail Blazer’s Trevor Ariza. Dwight Howard of the Lakers and the Clippers’ Lou Williams have publicly indicated they may sit out as well. 

At 30-34, the Nets are in seventh place in the Eastern Conference. They will battle the Washington Wizards and Orlando Magic for the bottom two playoff spots over the final eight games. 

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