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Trevor Ariza, forward for the Portland Trail Blazers, has made his official announcement that he will not be playing when the NBA resumes its season in Orlando next month, according to ESPN.
Ariza has been in the middle of a custody case for his kid, and the courts granted a one month visitation period that is going to interfere with the NBA restart.
There have been numerous reports about players saying they are going to opt-out, but other than Ariza, DeMarcus Cousins deciding to sit out until next season while he rehabs, and Davis Bertans there haven’t been any other notable dropouts.
Cases in Florida, the state the NBA restart will happen, has seen a worrisome spike in cases over the last week.
Florida’s spike began a month after reopening as the State’s Department of Health reported more than 4,000 new Covid-19 diagnoses on Friday, June 19, with a 12% positive test rate.