Here is what has happened over the last couple of weeks in the NBA:AUGUST 4The NBA season has gone about as well as anyone could have hoped for so far, but while the bubble appears to be a success from an on-court perspective, LeBron James says that the off-the-court aspect has proven to be quite difficult due to separating players from their families and friends. "I miss the hell out of my family," James said. "My wife, my kids, my mother. And so on and so on. So, it’s a huge challenge." Read more here.Three veterans involved in Tuesday’s Bucks-Nets contest have been cleared to play for the first time this summer, the two teams confirmed. Eric Bledsoe and Pat Connaughton will be available for Milwaukee, according to head coach Mike Budenholzer, who added that both players will see “reasonably low” minutes, per ESPN’s Malika Andrews. Meanwhile, Jamal Crawford is set to make his debut for Brooklyn, tweets Andrews. Read more here.Lou Williams missed the Los Angeles Clippers’ first two games of the NBA restart over a decision he made when leaving the Orlando bubble, but the veteran guard is officially eligible to return. Williams has cleared his 10-day quarantine and will play on Tuesday night against the Phoenix Suns, his agent told Shams Charania of The Athletic. Read more here.The Athletic's Shams Charania and Sam Amick reported that the eight franchises currently not involved in the return-to-play scenario taking place at the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex believe the second bubble won't happen. In addition, the National Basketball Players Association has concerns about keeping players safe and virus-free outside of a completely isolated environment. Read more here.AUGUST 3According to ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski, the NBA is altering its protocols for players who return inconclusive coronavirus tests. Wojnarowski reports that after entering quarantine, a player who is asymptomatic and tests negative on their first retest will be permitted to play in his next game as long as another negative test is returned within 60 minutes of the game's start time. Read more here.Philadelphia 76ers center Kyle O’Quinn will not be able to play in Monday night’s game against the San Antonio Spurs because he missed his scheduled coronavirus test on Sunday, Shams Charania of The Athletic reports. Read more here.As expected, Thunder guard Dennis Schröder has left the NBA’s Walt Disney World campus in order to be with his wife for the birth of their second child, head coach Billy Donovan confirmed. Read more here.AUGUST 1Despite being on the fence, Pacers star Victor Oladipo is playing in the NBA's resumption. Read more here.JULY 31Assuming the remainder of the 2019-20 NBA season goes on without a hitch, the Association could be looking at a big financial windfall from advertisers. Advertisers that previously bought the NBA are quickly returning, and we are also seeing new advertisers come into the NBA, including 25 new advertisers in the post-season to date,” Disney Advertising Sales said in a statement. Read more here.ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski and Marc J. Spears reported that a Kings player who went through a two-day quarantine was a victim of a "false positive" result. Read more here.JULY 30Rudy Gobert received plenty of criticism for his behavior leading up the coronavirus pandemic but the Jazz center says that the media's portrayal of him was unfair, as he feels he was made to be the scapegoat for the entire league shutting down. Read more here.Bucks head coach Mike Budenholzer confirmed that Eric Bledsoe and Pat Connaughton will remain sidelined for now, per Eric Woodyard of ESPN. Both Bledsoe and Connaughton tested positive for COVID-19 earlier in the summer, delaying their arrivals to the NBA’s Walt Disney World campus. They’ve each cleared quarantine and have returned to practice, but Budenholzer believes the two veterans need a little more time to get their conditioning and rhythm up to par. Read more here.Under the NBA resumption protocols, Memphis must hold a lead of at least four-and-a-half games over the club/clubs in ninth to avoid a play-in game or games for the conference's final postseason berth. Memphis star guard and uncrowned NBA Rookie of the Year Ja Morant criticized the process during an appearance on ESPN's "The Jump" that aired Thursday. Read more here.The NBA resumed its season Thursday night, with the Jazz beating the Pelicans and the Lakers squeaking out a victory over the Clippers. Read more here.JULY 29The latest round of testing at the Walt Disney World campus resulted in no new cases of COVID-19, the league and its players association tweeted in a joint statement. No positive results were recorded among the 344 players who have been tested since July 20. Read more here.JULY 28NBA teams 'very much expect' to start next year without fans, according to ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski. Read more here.Furthermore, NBPA executive director Michele Roberts told ESPN that embracing a "bubble" format may be the only way the Association can complete the 2020-21 season. "All I know is what I know now. So it may be that, if the bubble is the way to play, then that is likely gonna be the way we play next season, if things remain as they are," Roberts said, per ESPN's Tim Bontemps. Read more here.Pels star Zion Williamson has cleared his quarantine period and will be permitted to practice with the Pelicans, per Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN. That will give him two chances to get back up to speed in practice before Thursday’s game against the Utah Jazz. Read more here.JULY 27Clippers guard Patrick Beverley has returned to Walt Disney World after exiting for a family emergency, according to ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski. Read more here.Suns center Aron Baynes has cleared the NBA’s medical protocols after contracting COVID-19 and has been given the go-ahead to travel, according to Shams Charania of The Athletic, who reports that Baynes is set to arrive at the Walt Disney World campus Monday. Read more here. Read more here.Kristaps Porzingis was in quarantine for a day after missing a coronavirus test in the NBA bubble, which he calls a “mistake.” The Mavs big man missed his test on Saturday and could not scrimmage with his team on Sunday as a result. Read more here.JULY 26Following Lou Williams' visit to a strip club during his excused absence, the NBA announced he will have to undergo a 10-day quarantine, which means he will miss the Clippers' first two games of the resumption. Read more here.JULY 25Bam Adebayo and Kendrick Nunn returned to practice on Friday after both tested positive for the coronavirus and recently finished quarantine, per ESPN's Nick Friedell. Read more here.The league is close to finalizing plans for the eight teams not in Orlando to hold practices and group workouts, Rick Bonnell of the Charlotte Observer reports. Under the proposal, those teams would be allowed a week of practice at their home facilities, beginning the second week of August. They might also conduct two weeks of group workouts and scrimmages at two of those sites. Read more here.Rockets guard Austin Rivers is back on the Walt Disney World campus, two days after leaving for an urgent family matter. Rivers posted the new on his Instagram account. Read more here.JULY 24Rockets guard Austin Rivers has left the bubble complex due to an urgent family matter, according to The Athletic's Shams Charania. Rivers hopes to report back to Orlando sometime this weekend, Charania added. Read more here.Pacers All-Star forward Domantas Sabonis has left the bubble with a "significant left foot injury" and is seeking treatment from a specialist, per ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski. Read more here.JULY 23A week after revealing he had tested positive for coronavirus, Eric Bledsoe has arrived in Orlando and is planning on rejoining the Bucks once he has completed his quarantine. Read more here.Dwight Howard has become the subject of criticism after he declared that he does not believe in vaccines despite overwhelming evidence that shows that vaccines are safe and healthy. He addressed that criticism by doubling down on his stance. "Will vaccines work for some people? They may, or they may not. But, for me, I don’t believe in them," he said. Read more here.JULY 22Russell Westbrook has cleared the NBA’s quarantine protocol after testing positive for the coronavirus, and the superstar is now allowed to join the Houston Rockets at the Walt Disney World Resort’s ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex. Read more here.Suns star Aron Baynes revealed to Shams Charania of Stadium that he and his immediate family members tested positive for COVID-19. He said his family had "minimal symptoms," but it "put [him] on [his] butt for a good week." He also said he continues to test positive despite feeling better. Read more here.JULY 21San Antonio Spurs head coach Gregg Popovich has and will continue to don a mask in the Orlando, Fla., bubble so long as the team competes in the NBA restart at the Walt Disney World Resort’s ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex. Being 71 years old puts Popovich at a high risk for severe, potentially even fatal complications should he contract COVID-19. Read more here.The NBA has moved up its 2020 draft lottery by five days, according to Shams Charania of The Athletic, who reports that the event, previously tentatively scheduled for Aug. 25, will now take place on Thursday, Aug. 20. Read more here.The NBA has confirmed a weekend report, announcing Tuesday in a press release that its 2020 awards will be based on games played through March 11, without this summer’s “seeding games” being taken into account. To ensure that the media members who vote on the awards aren’t influenced at all by the upcoming seeding games, voting will take place from July 21-28, according to the league. Read more here.JULY 20Bucks wing Pat Connaughton revealed that he recently tested positive for the coronavirus and has not yet reported to the NBA’s campus in Orlando. Read more here.Oklahoma City Thunder center Steven Adams wants fans to know he's handling life in Florida just fine. "Let's be clear: This is not Syria. It's not that hard ... We're living at a bloody resort. Everyone is going to complain, everyone has their own preferences, nothing too serious. Just a bit of dry food here and there," he said. Read more here.One week after Houston Rockets guard Russell Westbrook confirmed via social media that he tested positive for the coronavirus before his scheduled journey to the bubble site of the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex in Florida, Houston coach Mike D'Antoni told reporters the one-time MVP has traveled to Orlando. Read more here.NBA players have been living inside their bubble campus in Orlando for two weeks now, and the arrangement appears to be limiting the spread of the coronavirus. The NBA announced that zero players out of 346 have tested positive for COVID-19 since the last time test results were shared on July 13. Read more here.JULY 19Rockets coach Mike D'Antoni is providing an update on Russell Westbrook since the star testing positive for COVID-19. Per Mark Berman of Fox 26, D'Antoni said Brodie is "in pretty good shape and has been ramping up." Read more here.JULY 18On Friday, the Magic announced significant layoffs. Former Magic head coach Stan Van Gundy responded to that news with some pointed criticism on Twitter Saturday, saying that the team's owners, the DeVos family, are billionaires and could easily pay those salaries. Read more here.Games will be shorter as NBA teams open the exhibition schedule in a few days, writes Tim Reynolds of the Associated Press. Each team’s first game will have 10-minute quarters, giving players a chance to ease back into competition after a four-month break. Read more here.JULY 17ESPN’s Malika Andrews obtained a copy of a memo the NBA sent to players on Thursday, and it included reminders of several “campus rules.” One of them was to dress appropriately when having room service delivered. Read more here.The NBA has expanded the number of people it is allowing on the Walt Disney World campus, and more changes could be coming in the future, according to Sam Amick and Mike Vorkunov of The Athletic. A memo was sent out this week saying that team governors will be allowed to attend seeding games, and the eight teams not invited to Orlando can send scouts when the season resumes in 13 days. Read more here.James Edwards III of The Athletic reported that "there are whispers in NBA circles that next year’s cap is going to drop to about $109 million." Read more here.Clippers forward Montrezl Harrell left the bubble because of a family emergency, per The Athletic's Shams Charania. As Bleacher Report's Blake Schuster wrote, the 26-year-old will be asked to quarantine for at least four days upon his return. Read more here.JULY 16Dwight Howard revealed that someone called the NBA hotline and told on him, letting the league know that the Lakers center had not been wearing his mask when he was supposed to. Read more here.The NBA has set up a hotline that is meant to allow players and personnel to anonymously report anyone who is not following proper social-distancing protocol. Memphis Grizzlies rookie Ja Morant says he has no interest in turning anyone in. Read more here.Michael Beasley signed with Brooklyn a week ago but tested positive for COVID-19 upon arriving to the Walt Disney World campus and didn’t clear quarantine. As a result, the Nets have decided to sign a substitute player to replace him. Read more here.Bucks star Eric Bledsoe told Chris Haynes of Yahoo that he tested positive for COVID-19 and is currently asymptomatic. Bledsoe has not been in Orlando at all since the Bucks arrived at the bubble, but he told Haynes that he expects to rejoin his teammates once he has cleared all protocols. Read more here.JULY 15There has been some concern that the daily coronavirus testing taking place in the NBA’s Walt Disney World — as well as the quick turnaround on those test results — has placed some strain on BioReference Laboratories’ testing capacities for the general public. However, Dr. Jon R. Cohen of BioReference insists to Joe Vardon of The Athletic that that’s not the case. “Our current capacity is somewhere in the vicinity of 50,000 to 70,000 tests a day,” Cohen said. “So the amount of testing we’re doing for the sports franchises is minimal compared to our total number of testing." Read more here.Joe Vardon of The Athletic reports that the NBA has recruited renowned executive chef Shawn Loving to the Walt Disney World Resort campus to make adjustments to the meals provided to players, coaches and team staffs. Loving comes with solid credentials in the NBA world, having served as chef for both Team USA basketball and the Detroit Pistons. Read more here.Thunder Dennis Schroder explained that he will return home in "three to four weeks" for the birth of the couple's second child. Excused absences, such as childbirth, are permitted as long as the player quarantines for four days upon his return to Orlando and tests negative for the coronavirus for each day he stays off the campus. Read more here.Magic forward James Ennis explained that he tested positive for the coronavirus weeks before he joined teammates in the bubble. Ennis added that he experienced multiple symptoms, including headaches and vomiting. While he said he's feeling better, he admitted he's still working to get back to full fitness and playing shape. Read more here. Playing games in empty arenas will be weird. To enhance the experience, Mavericks coach Rick Carlisle said Wednesday that there will be virtual fans, digital boards and “home team sounds” during Orlando bubble games. Read more here.JULY 14Kings forward Harrison Barnes confirmed he tested positive for the coronavirus before the team's flight to the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex in Florida to complete the 2019-20 NBA season. Barnes tweeted he is "primarily asymptomatic" and quarantining as he waits to be cleared to join teammates in Florida. Read more here.Spurs assistant Tim Duncan is staying out of the Orlando bubble. Instead, he is helping oversee LaMarcus Aldridge’s rehab efforts. Read more here.Shams Charania of The Athletic reported on Tuesday that there have been multiple tips placed to the anonymous hotline to inform the NBA of potential violations. Those tips have resulted in players receiving warnings. Read more here.The Brooklyn Nets’ roster appears to have suffered another blow after Michael Beasley tested positive for the coronavirus. According to Shams Charania of The Athletic, Beasley has been sent home by the Nets, and it is unknown if he will be able to play for Brooklyn in Orlando. Read more here.After a delay involving a positive coronavirus test and various travel complications, center Nikola Jokic has reported to the Nuggets at the Walt Disney World campus and has cleared quarantine, the team announced. Although Jokic has gone through his two-day quarantine period, he hasn’t yet been cleared to participate in practice, according to Chris Dempsey of Altitude Sports, who tweets that the big man is still waiting on results from “physical-type testing.” Read more here.JULY 13Rockets guard Russell Westbrook announced that he tested positive for the coronavirus prior to departing for the NBA’s campus in Florida. “I’m currently feeling well, quarantined, and looking forward to rejoining my teammates when I am cleared,” Westbrook wrote in his statement. Read more here.Westbrook's teammate, Rockets forward Bruno Caboclo, inadvertently broke quarantine at the NBA’s Walt Disney World campus and will be required to re-quarantine for another eight days before he resumes team activities, according to Tim MacMahon, Zach Lowe, Malika Andrews and Tim Bontemps of ESPN. Read more here.A league spokesperson confirmed to ESPN’s Nick DePaula on Monday that players will now be allowed to wear their own clothing while walking from the team bus to locker rooms. That is a shift from the previously announced policy, which instructed players to change in their hotel rooms and arrive already in uniform. Read more here.In addition to waiting on star center Nikola Jokic to arrive at the Walt Disney World campus from Serbia, the Nuggets are also currently missing a few other players, according to Chris Haynes of Yahoo Sports. League sources tell Haynes that Gary Harris, Michael Porter Jr. and Torrey Craig haven’t made the trip to Disney. Read more here.Kings center Richaun Holmes announced on Twitter that he “briefly and accidentally crossed the NBA campus line” in order to pick up a food delivery following the initial quarantine period. As a result, Holmes is subject to a new 10-day quarantine period — he indicated in his statement that he has eight days left. Read more here.Two out of 322 NBA players tested for the coronavirus at the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex in Florida returned positive results. "Those players never cleared quarantine and have since left the campus to isolate at home or in isolation housing," the NBA announced. Read more here.Some NBA players have readily criticized the league’s “bubble,” but Malcolm Brogdon has expressed support for it, tweeting: "The bubble has been good to me! I know there are so many people risking their health to pull this off and your hard work has not gone unnoticed!" Read more here.JULY 10According to USA Today, NBA players will have the opportunity to exclusively explore the Disney World theme parks after hours. Only select attractions will be available, though it looks like players will be able to ride some of Disneys top coasters including Expedition Everest, Rock "N" Rollercoaster and Test Track. Read more here.New Laker JR Smith says he was told to stop airing complaints about the hotel situation at the NBA bubble in Orlando. He had previously gone on Instagram Live to complain about various issues, such as a small blanket. Read more here.JULY 9Lou Williams said last month that he was contemplating sitting out the resumed NBA season in Orlando to focus on social issues, but it would appear the Los Angeles Clippers star is joining his teammates after all, as he appears to have traveled with the team to Florida. Read more here.Wizards center Thomas Bryant and bench point guard Gary Payton II have tested positive for COVID-19 and did not travel with their team to Orlando. Their availability for the season's resumption is up in the air. Read more here.JULY 8Marcus Smart, who tested positive for COVID-19 in March, believes veterans bear some responsibility in pointing young players in the right direction. “I think the younger guys are going to have some skepticism but I think as veteran guys and other guys on the team, we’ll have to do our part to keep those guys, I guess, in a sense, under control and just understanding that although you might not take it as serious, you’re putting other people at risk and they take it seriously, so you have to respect them.” Read more here.JULY 7Pelicans All-Star Brandon Ingram admits that he is not feeling great about the season actually being completed. "New cases are coming up. Different things are happening. I’m not very confident. But they’ve got us going to Orlando on [Wednesday], so we’ll see," Ingram said. Read more here.Bradley Beal announced that he will not play for the Washington Wizards in Orlando for the resumption of the NBA season due to an injury to his right rotator cuff. Beal will still go to Orlando with the team, but his injury will keep him from actually playing in the games. Read more here.Nets team doctors have decided to have Spencer Dinwiddie sit out of the NBA’s restart, sources tell Shams Charania of The Athletic. The decision is being made out of an “abundance of caution,” Charania adds, as Dinwiddie recently tested positive for the coronavirus. The Brooklyn guard has confirmed the news in a tweet. Read more here.It seems that Embiid also called out teammates whom he believes might put the All-Star center in harm’s way. Embiid also talked about how basketball isn’t everything and that health is important. Read more here.Another Nets player is sitting out Orlando. Forward Taurean Prince is also out after testing positive for the coronavirus, per ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski. Read more here.JULY 4The NBA is preparing for the intangible aspects of having players stuck in a bubble for an extended period of time. As such, Brett Martel of the Associated Press reports the league plans to emphasize mental health for players, who will be kept away from their families as they head to Walt Disney World. Read more here.Landry Shamet has tested positive for COVID-19, per Shams Charania of The Athletic. As a result, he is unlikely to travel to Orlando this week to join his teammates for workouts. Read more here.Another Heat player has tested positive for the coronavirus, per Barry Jackson of the Miami Herald. At least one Heat staff member also had a positive test, a source tells Jackson. Read more here.JULY 3Gordon Hayward indicated it would it would be a “pretty easy decision” for him to leave Orlando if his wife Robyn were to go into labor in September, which would occur during the postseason as currently scheduled. The Haywards’ plan is to have the baby in Indianapolis, where there’s family to help Robyn with the newborn, especially if the Celtics star elects to return to Orlando to compete with the team in the later rounds of the postseason, if Boston makes it that far. Read more here.JULY 2As Bobby Marks of ESPN explains, no teams are currently permitted to make trades, including the bottom eight teams that aren’t participating in the summer resumption in Orlando, Fla. Even though the offseason has begun for those eight non-Orlando clubs (the Warriors, Timberwolves, Cavaliers, Pistons, Hawks, Knicks, Hornets and Bulls), a transaction moratorium remains in place for them following last week’s brief transaction window. The likely outcome is that the league and the players’ union will agree to lift the moratorium once the first round of the playoffs gets underway on Aug. 17. At that point, non-playoff teams — including the six teams in Orlando that don’t make the postseason — would be allowed to make trades, waive players and sign certain players to contract extensions. Read more here.The eight teams not invited to Orlando still might have an opportunity to play again this season. ESPN's Jackie MacMullan reports (via Woj) that the NBA is finalizing plans for a second bubble in Chicago that would be for the "Delete Eight" teams. Those clubs would be able too hold mini-training camps and games. Read more here.JULY 1Rockets guard Austin Rivers told Turner Sports' Taylor Rooks that he believes this year's NBA championship should come with an asterisk, calling it "one of the toughest championships ever won." Read more here.Bucks star Giannis Antetokounmpo echoed Rivers' thoughts, saying, per Sports Insiders' Scott Davis: "This will be the toughest championship you can ever win. The circumstances are really tough right now." Read more here.Trail Blazers star Damian Lillard told reporters (via ESPN's Royce Young) that he believes some of his fellow players could try to bend the league's bubble rules. "My confidence ain't great because you're telling me you're gonna have 22 teams full of players following all the rules? When we have 100 percent freedom, everybody don't follow all the rules," Dame said. Read more here.JUNE 25Alex Len is the third Kings player to test positive for COVID-19. In a statement, Len said he underwent testing in Sacramento and immediately isolated. Read more here.Mavericks center Willie Cauley-Stein has decided to sit out of the NBA's resumption as a preventative measure. He and his partner are expecting a baby in July, and he doesn't want to put them at risk for the coronavirus. The Mavs will sign guard Trey Burke to take his place. Read more here.The NBA plans to use law enforcement to ensure player and staff safety. ESPN's Tim Bontemps reported that "local, state and federal law enforcement, plus former special operations forces" will be employed to secure the bubble site and keep NBA personnel safe from any intruders. Read more here.