Two former Virginia Basketball standouts will be heading to Orlando, Florida on new NBA free agent contracts as Justin Anderson and Devon Hall are returning to to the league. The NBA plans to resume the season on July 31 at the Wide World of Sports Complex just outside of Disney World. Twenty-two of the 30 NBA teams were invited, with each team playing eight “regular season games” before the playoffs start.
The Thunder announced June 27 that Hall is rejoining the Oklahoma City as a Substitute Player after signing a two-way contract to start the 2019-20 season. He played — and started — in 30 games for the Oklahoma City Blue (the G League team for OKC), averaging 15.6 points, 5.7 rebounds, and 4.4 assists in over 31 minutes per game.
A Substitute Player is exactly what it sounds like: someone that is used in the case that one of the players on the roster cannot participate for any reason, whether that’s deciding not to travel to the NBA bubble, testing positive for coronavirus, or injury.
The Brooklyn Nets added the swingman Anderson after Wilson Chandler opted out of the rest of the season. By signing with Brooklyn, Anderson will be reunited with former teammate and current Net Joe Harris. ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski broke the news of Anderson’s signing with the Nets:
Free agent Justin Anderson is signing with the Nets, agent Mark Bartelstein of @PrioritySports tells ESPN.— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) June 28, 2020
Anderson had a fabulous season in the G League with the Raptors 905 (Toronto) and Long Island Nets (Brooklyn) affiliates, averaging 20.6 points, 6.6 rebounds, and 1.1 steals per game in over 33 minutes of action a game. He earned third-team All-NBA G League honors for his efforts.
Hall and Anderson are joining several other former Virginia players as Harris, Mike Scott (Philadelphia), Ty Jerome (Phoenix), Kyle Guy (Sacramento), and Malcolm Brogdon (Indiana) are all expected to be in attendance. Brogdon will have extra steps to follow as he is currently in quarantine after testing positive for COVID-19.
This season resumption follows the season being postponed and eventually suspended on March 11 after Utah’s Rudy Gobert tested positive for the coronavirus.