New Orleans Pelicans guard Jrue Holiday and his wife, Lauren, announced on Wednesday they are donating his salary for the remainder of the NBA season to start the Jrue and Lauren Holiday Social Justice Impact Fund.

Holiday's game cheques could be worth up to $5.3million between eight regular-season games and potential playoff games. The money will be used to aid communities in New Orleans, Indianapolis and the Los Angeles area. 

"Honestly when it came down to it, it was me and my wife talking about what we could do to kind of further this movement and progression and being able to help out our community and just being able to help," Jrue Holiday told ESPN.

Most of the money will be dedicated to nonprofits, black-owned businesses and citywide initiatives that seek to bring about equitable outcomes for black and brown communities in New Orleans, Los Angeles and Indianapolis. 

Another $1m will go to black-owned businesses in more than 10 other cities, while $500,000 will go to institutions of higher learning, including historically black colleges and universities.

Holiday is a Los Angeles native and played collegiately at UCLA for two seasons. He ranked second on the Pelicans with 19.6 points per game when the season was paused on March 12 due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Jrue's brothers, Justin and Aaron, both play for the Indiana Pacers.

Less than two weeks ago, Indiana Pacers star guard Victor Oladipo said he would sit out the NBA's restart in order to rehab his surgically repaired right knee. 

However, on Wednesday the two-time All-Star conceded he may be changing his mind after practicing with his teammates in Orlando, Florida. 

''It was hard for me to assess where I was,'' Oladipo said on a conference call. ''But being able to come down here and practice with my guys at a high level, I think there's a strong possibility that I might play. I want to be smart because I want to play the next 10 years.'' 

Oladipo is working his way back from a ruptured quadriceps tendon suffered in January 2019, which sidelined him for 12 months.

He returned this January, and appeared in just 13 games, averaging 13.8 points, 3.2 rebounds and 3.0 assists while shooting a career-worst 39.1 percent before the season was halted due to the coronavirus pandemic. 

Citing his injury history, Oladipo announced on July 3 he was opting out for the remainder of the season.

Last week, he then informed the Pacers he would join the team in the bubble at Disney World and practice with the team, but not play.

But that plan appears to be changing.

''I was always going to come down here and test it out,'' he said. ''When I made my decision, I wasn't able to play five-on-five, wasn't able to get up and down the floor and wasn't able to do things at a high level, so I didn't think I would be able to play.

"But after coming down here and working with the guys, rebounding, running and jumping, I'm trending in a positive direction. So hopefully when it's time to play, I can play.'' 

The first of Indiana’s eight seeding games before the playoffs is on August 1 against the Philadelphia 76ers. 

The Pacers are fifth in the Eastern Conference at 39-26, and if Oladipo decides to play when the season resumes, he would be the second starter to return to the team with Malcolm Brogdon deeming himself healthy following a hip injury sustained on March 4, as well as being cleared from coronavirus. 

"I know what I'm capable of," Oladipo said. "I know what standard I have to get to. I know how my body needs to feel in order to perform at the level that I'm capable of performing." 

Houston Rockets star guard James Harden arrived in Orlando, Florida on Tuesday for the NBA's season restart five days after the rest of the team.

The Rockets, who did not disclose a reason for Harden's absence, posted a video on their Twitter feed of Harden arriving at the league's campus-like environment.

The six-time All-NBA selection and 2018 MVP will have to isolate and register multiple negatives tests for COVID-19 before he will be cleared to join his team-mates.

Harden's arrival comes one day after team-mate Russell Westbrook announced that he tested positive for COVID-19. Westbrook said he is "currently feeling well, quarantined, and looking forward to rejoining my team-mates when I am cleared".

Harden led the NBA with 34.4 points per game when the NBA season was paused on March 12.

Houston have clinched a playoff spot and are tied with the Oklahoma City Thunder for fifth place in the Western Conference, one game behind the Utah Jazz and 1.5 games ahead of the Dallas Mavericks.

The Rockets are scheduled to resume their season on July 31 against Dallas.

Oklahoma City Thunder guard Dennis Schroder said on Tuesday that he will leave the NBA bubble in Orlando when his wife gives birth to the couple's second child.

Schroder's wife is expected to deliver the baby in three to four weeks, he said during a Zoom call with reporters.

"I'm not going to leave my wife by herself while she's getting a second baby," he said.

"Junior is still 17 months old, so I'm for sure going to go there and support her and try as much as I can to be there for my family."

If the baby is delivered as expected in the first or second week of August, Schroder could miss all eight pre-playoff games. Oklahoma City's first scheduled game is on August 1 against the Utah Jazz.

He also could miss some playoff games if he returns to the Thunder sometime in mid-August since he would be subject to re-testing for coronavirus and then a quarantine period.

The first round of the playoffs is scheduled to begin on August 18.

Schroder ranked second on the Thunder with 19.0 points and 4.1 assists per game when the season was paused on March 12.

Oklahoma City are tied with Houston for fifth in the Western Conference, one game behind Utah and 1.5 games ahead of the Dallas Mavericks.

The Sacramento Kings' slim playoff chances may have taken a hit after Harrison Barnes tested positive for coronavirus before his team left for the NBA's restart in Florida.

Barnes said he has been primarily asymptomatic and is doing well.

The eighth-year forward hopes to join the Kings at the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex at Walt Disney World Resort near Orlando when it is safe to do so.

Barnes has averaged 14.7 points, 4.8 rebounds and 2.4 assists in a team-high 34.9 minutes per game this season. He was the only player to start all 64 games for Sacramento before the NBA suspended play on March 11 due to the coronavirus pandemic.

The Kings (28-36) are 3.5 games behind the Memphis Grizzlies for the eighth and final playoff spot in the Western Conference. They have eight seeding games remaining to move into ninth place and within four games of the eighth seed to force a play-in tournament.

That would result in Sacramento having to win two head-to-head matchups to take over the number eight spot.

The Kings have not been to the playoffs since the 2005-06 season, the longest active streak in the NBA and longest in franchise history.

On Monday, Kings forward Richaun Holmes said he was under a mandatory 10-day quarantine after he left the resort over the weekend to pick up some food.

Holmes, who is averaging a career-best 12.8 points and team-high 8.3 rebounds, should be ready to join the Kings before they restart their season against the San Antonio Spurs on July 31.

Giannis Antetokounmpo believes any stars unhappy with their living conditions in the NBA bubble could do with a dose of perspective.

A number of players have shared social media posts of their functional quarters in Orlando as the league prepares for its restart at the end of this month.

Milwaukee Bucks forward Antetokounmpo believes the situation represents no imposition, considering his experiences of poverty in his native Greece as a youngster.

"I'm in a situation where I'm extremely blessed and I cannot complain," he told reporters.

"Obviously, it doesn't matter where you are in life – there's always something to complain [about], there's always a problem and an issue.

"But I try to kind of not focus on that. So, as I said, my apartment in Greece, when I was younger, with my four brothers, was way smaller than the suite that I have in the hotel, so I'm just trying to enjoy the moment."

Indeed, Antetokounmpo is excited by the return to competitive action at Walt Disney World, with the Bucks resuming against the Boston Celtics on July 31.

"This is something special," he said.

"Hopefully, this pandemic never happens again so we never are able to come back in the campus, but at the end of the day, this is part of history, so just being able to be here, participate in this, I'm just trying to be in the moment, trying to enjoy every moment, trying to enjoy basketball.

"I'm happy that we're back playing basketball, something that I love doing, so there's nothing really to complain about."

Los Angeles Clippers star Kawhi Leonard said he is feeling good but head coach Doc Rivers insisted the team will take a cautious approach ahead of the NBA playoffs.

Leonard's arrival for the resumption of the 2019-20 season was delayed after being excused due to a family matter, with the Clippers flying to Orlando last week.

The two-time NBA champion and Finals MVP trained with his team-mates on Monday – his first practice session since the league was halted due to the coronavirus pandemic in March – as the Clippers prepare for the season to restart on July 30.

The Clippers and Western Conference leaders the Los Angeles Lakers will headline the NBA's comeback on July 30 at the Disney World complex, and Leonard is ready.

"Has it been four months?" Leonard said when asked about his health following a four-month break.

"I mean, I feel good. You know, was able to work out, get strong and prepare for this moment now that we're in. It's about to be the first practice today, so I'm excited."

In his first season with the Clippers after guiding the Toronto Raptors to their first championship, Leonard has been averaging 26.9 points, 7.3 rebounds and 5.0 assists per game.

The Clippers, however, have managed a knee issue in 2019-20, with Leonard not playing in the second of back-to-back games this season.

Asked about the Clippers (44-20) and their plans for Leonard leading into the postseason, Rivers – whose team are second in the west – said: "I don't know that yet. But no limits. Kawhi is healthy for the most part.

"That still doesn't mean that we don't want to maintain him and get him through the first eight games and get ready for the playoffs. We want to be smart about this."

Philadelphia 76ers head coach Brett Brown is thrilled with Ben Simmons in the power forward position as the championship hopefuls look to change things up when the coronavirus-affected NBA season resumes.

The 2019-20 NBA campaign is set to restart via a 22-team format at the Disney World complex in Orlando, Florida on July 30 after the season was postponed due to COVID-19 in March.

Philadelphia will return to action against Eastern Conference rivals the Indiana Pacers on August 1, boosted by the comeback of All-Star Simmons.

Simmons – averaging 16.7 points, 8.2 assists and 7.8 rebounds per game this season – is back to full fitness after a back injury sidelined him in February, showcasing his ability at power forward, having played as a point guard.

"He's so dynamic," Philadelphia's Brown said on a conference call with reporters on Monday. "Let's just talk about running. There's nobody faster in the NBA. So to always have the ball and dribble it up against five guys ... to do that dilutes some of his potent weapons.

"So, watching him fly up the floor, watching him and Joel [Embiid] play off each other, has been a really good look. I think they've been fantastic together."

Brown, whose 76ers (39-26) are sixth in the Eastern Conference, added: "You take somebody and say, 'Here's the ball.' It's not like Ben came in and we had Chris Paul on the team or Damian Lillard on the team. We were young, and really not that good, so it was my decision, 'You take the ball. We're going to make you the point guard.' It's not like there was an established point guard that he had to bump out.

"[And] how has he responded to that? Like a star. Just a mature, 'Whatever it's going to take to get this team to be the best it can be with the pieces that we have that can be, I don't know, just designed into a smooth thing' ... that is one of the pieces he has to offer. He's been great accepting that, and really killing it in the environment that I just said."

With the 76ers trialling Simmons at power forward, it means Shake Milton is set to replace the Australian as point guard, leaving Al Horford on the bench following his struggles since arriving from the Boston Celtics.

Milton has averaged 9.5 points, 2.2 assists and 2.1 rebounds per game in 2019-20, while he scored a career-high 39 points against the Los Angeles Clippers prior to the coronavirus outbreak.

"He's been amazing," All-Star Joel Embiid said of Milton. "He's been the starting point guard, and I think he has a huge opportunity to help us accomplish what we believe we can.

"He's been doing an amazing job and he's running the team and we're going to need him to knock down shots, which he did, before the league got shut down. He was on a roll so we're going to need him to keep it going. But it's great."

A takeout order for food has landed Sacramento Kings forward Richaun Holmes under a mandatory 10-day quarantine. 

The 26-year-old admitted on Monday via Twitter that he left the NBA bubble at Walt Disney World over the weekend to pick up some food, and will not be able to participate in team activities until being cleared. 

"After the initial quarantine period, I briefly and accidentally crossed the NBA campus line to pick up a food delivery," Holmes posted.

"I am currently in quarantine and have 8 days left. I apologize for my actions and look forward to rejoining my teammates for our playoff push."

Meanwhile, the NBA announced that two of the 322 players that tested for COVID-19 upon arrival at the Disney bubble on July 7 have returned positive tests while in quarantine. 

Those two players have since left the bubble to isolate at home or in isolation housing. 

Holmes should be ready to join the Kings before they restart their season against the San Antonio Spurs on July 31. 

The five-year veteran is averaging a career-best 12.8 points and team-high 8.3 rebounds for a Sacramento team that currently has the 11th-best record in the Western Conference. 

Russell Westbrook tested positive for COVID-19 prior to the Houston Rockets' departure for Orlando, the former NBA MVP has revealed. 

Westbrook will join up with his team-mates for the resumption of the NBA season at the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex in Florida after a period of self-isolation. 

"I tested positive for COVID-19 prior to my team's departure to Orlando," he wrote in a statement posted on social media. 

"I'm currently feeling well, quarantined, and looking forward to re-joining my team-mates when I am cleared. 

"Thank you for the well wishes and continued support. Please take this virus seriously. Be safe. Mask up!" 

The league was suspended on March 11 amid the coronavirus pandemic but will continue from July 30 at its bubble site near Orlando, with all players being tested before travelling. 

Players returned to team facilities in June and were tested for COVID-19, with Nikola Jokic, DeAndre Jordan, Malcolm Brogdon and Jabari Parker among those to have contracted the virus. 

Figures released by the NBA and National Basketball Players Association (NBPA) on July 2 said 25 of the 351 players tested between June 23-29 had returned positive results. It added that of the 884 staff members checked, there were 10 confirmed coronavirus cases. 

The Rockets will resume their campaign against the Dallas Mavericks on July 31.

Westbrook was averaging 27.5 points, 7.0 assists and 8.0 rebounds for Houston - who acquired the 31-year-old via a trade with the Oklahoma City Thunder last year - when the season was halted.

The Los Angeles Lakers will be without Rajon Rondo for six to eight weeks after the veteran backup point guard sustained a fracture to his right thumb in practice on Sunday. 

Rondo averaged 7.1 points, 5.0 assists and 3.0 rebounds in 48 games with Los Angeles before the league was suspended on March 11 because of the coronavirus pandemic. 

The Lakers, who were leading the Western Conference with a 49-14 record at the time, will resume their season on July 30 against the Los Angeles Clippers at the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex near Orlando, Florida. 

Rondo could return if the Lakers make a run in the playoffs, which are scheduled to begin on August 17. 

A first-round pick in the 2006 NBA Draft, the 34-year-old Rondo has averaged 10.2 points, 8.3 assists and 4.7 rebounds in 873 career regular-season games. He has earned four All-Star selections and been named to the NBA All-Defensive First Team twice. 

Rondo won an NBA championship with the Boston Celtics in his second season in the league in 2007-08. He has averaged 14.0 points, 9.3 assists and 6.1 rebounds in 105 career playoff games. 

The Lakers will also be without starting guard Avery Bradley for the NBA's restart after he opted out due to concerns over the coronavirus. Bradley averaged 8.6 points in 49 games this season. 

Following the lead of his fellow All-Star Los Angeles Lakers team-mate LeBron James, Anthony Davis said he will wear his last name on the back of his jersey instead of a social justice message when the NBA restarts its season in Orlando later this month.

Speaking to reporters on Sunday in a conference call following the Lakers' practice at the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex, Davis said he chose to use his name over one of the NBA's 29 approved social justice slogans to continue to honour his family.

"I was kind of torn between the two," the seven-time All-Star said.

"I just think my last name is something that is very important to me, and social justice as well. But [I'm] just holding my family name and representing the name on the back to go through this process ... and people who have been with me through my entire career to help me get to this point."

James, one of the league's more outspoken players on the topic of racial inequality, said on Saturday that the available messages "didn't seriously resonate with my mission, with my goal".

"Everything that I do has a purpose, has a meaning," the four-time NBA MVP said. "I don't need to have something on the back of my jersey for people to understand my mission or know what I'm about and what I'm here to do."

Davis stressed his support of the social justice initiatives the NBA has planned when it returns from a hiatus of more than four months due to the worldwide coronavirus pandemic.

"We'll have a ton of ways to represent what we stand for," he said.

Davis is averaging team-highs of 26.7 points and 9.4 rebounds per game for a Lakers team that enter the restart with a 5.5-game lead over cross-town rivals the Clippers for the best record in the Western Conference. The teams will face one another in the second game of an opening-night doubleheader when the league resumes play on July 30.

Los Angeles Clippers star Kawhi Leonard is "healthy" and has arrived at Disney World for the NBA season restart, coach Doc Rivers has confirmed.

Leonard did not fly to Orlando with his Clippers team-mates on Wednesday after being excused due to a family matter.

Speaking on Saturday, Rivers said the All-Star forward was going through the quarantine procedure put in place as part of the protocols to combat the risk of coronavirus.

"Kawhi, he is here, he is going through the protocol," Rivers said, with Leonard now expected to quarantine for two days.

ESPN reported on July 2 that the Clippers had to close their team facility following a positive test for COVID-19, but Rivers says all the players in Orlando are fit, including Paul George, who had been recovering from shoulder surgery.

"I think everybody's healthy, that is a great thing," he said. "Guys were not as healthy in training camp at the beginning of this year.

"Now we got Paul George healthy, we have Kawhi healthy, we don't have a guy that's injured right now, knock on wood. Hope that continues."

Rivers also addressed controversy around Missouri senator Josh Hawley, who wrote to NBA commissioner Adam Silver to question why players will be allowed to wear jerseys with social justice messaging rather than slogans "Support our Troops", "Back the Blue" or "free Hong Kong".

"They always try to turn it into the military or the police," Rivers said. "There's no league that does more for the military than the NBA. But how about that senator? I'll make up a challenge. We will do things for the troops as long as he acknowledges Black Lives Matter. I think that would be really cool for him to do.

"It's funny, whenever we talk about justice, people try to change the message. Colin Kaepernick kneels, it had nothing to do with the troops. It had to do with social injustice. And everyone tries to change the narrative. How about staying on what we're talking about and dealing with that instead of trying to trick us or change or trick your constituents? How about being real?

"I guarantee you that we have done more for the military than probably that senator. And I guarantee you this, we are going to do things for Black Lives Matter, how about him? Maybe he should join into that."

Los Angeles Lakers superstar LeBron James said on Saturday he will not wear a social justice message on his jersey during the NBA's season restart in Orlando, Florida.

Most NBA players have picked a social justice message to wear on the back of their jerseys starting later this month, but James is one of the few that declined to display one.

"It's no disrespect to the list that was handed out to all the players," James said on a video conference call.

"I commend anyone that decides to put something on the back of their jersey. It's just something that didn't seriously resonate with my mission, with my goal."

The NBA and Players Association agreed on several messages for jerseys, including Black Lives Matter, Say Their Names, Vote, I Can't Breathe and Equality. 

"Everything that I do has a purpose, has a meaning," James said. "I don't need to have something on the back of my jersey for people to understand my mission or know what I'm about and what I'm here to do."

James and the Lakers begin the season restart in the second game of an opening-night doubleheader against the Clippers on July 30.

The Lakers lead the Western Conference with a 49-14 record, 5.5 games ahead of the Clippers.

The Brooklyn Nets signed former number two overall pick Michael Beasley to fill out their depleted roster.

The team confirmed the signing with a statement on Thursday, calling Beasley a "substitute player".

Beasley has not played in an NBA game since February of last season but did play in the Chinese Basketball Association for the Guangdong Southern Tigers later in 2019.

The signing comes one day after the Nets added another veteran, shooting guard Jamal Crawford, as Brooklyn attempt to field a competitive roster for the NBA's 22-team restart in Orlando, Florida, later this month.

Beasley, 31, and Crawford, 40, have been added as many of the Nets' best players are either recovering from injury or have opted out of the league's restart due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Center DeAndre Jordan, forward Taurean Prince and guard Spencer Dinwiddie have tested positive for COVID-19 and said they will not be joining the team in Orlando. Forward Wilson Chandler has also opted out, saying, "the health and wellbeing of my family has to come first".

Kevin Durant has yet to play in a Nets uniform as he continues to recover from a ruptured Achilles tendon, while Kyrie Irving was shut down for the season after undergoing shoulder surgery on March 3.

With several key players out, center Jarrett Allen and swingmen Caris LeVert and Joe Harris will be the team's focal points when they take the court on July 31.

The Nets are 30-34 this season and enter the eight-game seeding schedule seventh in the Eastern Conference, one-half game ahead of the Orlando Magic and six games ahead of the equally depleted Washington Wizards.

Beasley has averaged 12.4 points and 4.7 rebounds in 609 career NBA games.

After being selected second overall in the 2008 NBA Draft behind Derrick Rose, Beasley has had a journeyman career with the Miami Heat, Minnesota Timberwolves, Phoenix Suns, Houston Rockets, Milwaukee Bucks, New York Knicks and Los Angeles Lakers.

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