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NBA News: Zion Returns to the Bubble, Sabonis Exits

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Pelicans forward Zion Williamson returned to Orlando and is on pace to play against the Jazz next week.

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The NBA’s restart in Orlando opened its scrimmage schedule earlier this week. While plenty of action occurred on the court for the first time since March, several newsworthy items unfolded off of it.

The Pelicans, who are competing with the Trail Blazers for the final postseason spot in the Western Conference, welcomed rookie forward Zion Williamson back into the bubble on Friday. The former Duke star tested negative for novel coronavirus and could potentially play against the Jazz in the restart opener.

The Pacers received news on the opposite end of the spectrum. Domantas Sabonis exited the bubble to receive treatment for plantar fasciitis.

Back in the Western Conference, the Thunder received a boost when Andre Roberson ended a 30-month injury absence on Friday. The 28-year-old defensive specialist is set to enter free agency at the conclusion of this season.

We got an early glimpse of Jamal Crawford’s return to the NBA on Friday. The 40-year-old NBA veteran was captured on video showcasing his slick perimeter moves.

Finally, the NBA delivered a special message to retiring star Vince Carter. The video featured several current and former players paying tribute to one of the best forwards to ever play the game.

I’m not crying. It’s just been raining on my face.