This weekend, LeBron James and the Los Angeles Lakers are in Las Vegas for a series of team practices and bonding experiences before training camp. The Jazz also did pre-camp team practice in Las Vegas, while the Rockets did theirs in the Bahamas. Even teams where players haven’t been to exotic locations are in the midst of full-team training ahead of training camp opening next week.
Andrew Wiggins, however, has been limited to individual training because he is unvaccinated, reports Monte Poole of NBC Sports Bay Area.
Sources: Andrew Wiggins visited the Bay Area this month, but is limited to one-on-one sessions at the Chase Center. According to current SF protocols, if he is not fully vaccinated within the next 20 days, these workouts will end.
– Monte Poole (@MontePooleNBCS) September 23, 2021
San Francisco has a vaccination mandate for high-contact indoor spaces – bars, restaurants, clubs, theaters, gyms, and sports arenas – which means players cannot enter the Chase Center for practices or games unless vaccinated. Wiggins is not vaccinated and has always said he won’t be getting vaccinated anytime soon unless he’s forced to. The league would consider giving Wiggins a religious exemption to get the shot, but that would have no impact under San Francisco law.
The league and the Warriors are hoping the money will strain Wiggins’ hand. If this continues into the season, the Warriors could attempt to fine Wiggins’ game checks for the home games he misses, which would add up to more than $ 350,000 per game (Wiggins is expected to earn $ 31.6million). dollars this season). While Wiggins could (and probably would) appeal, the arbitration process spelled out in the CBA would take at least six months and possibly up to a year to resolve.
Wiggins is a starting wing for the Warriors who averaged 18.6 points and 4.9 rebounds per game last season, and he has an increased role in the Warriors offense until Klay Thompson returns later. this season.