Desire to Return to NBA Motivated by Need for Medical Coverage
NBA player Tony Snell has expressed his hope of being signed by a team in order to secure a 10th year of league service, which would make him eligible for the premium medical plan provided by the Players Association Union upon his retirement. Snell, who currently plays for the Maine Celtics, needs to be signed to an active roster by Friday to meet the qualifications, as reported by Sports Illustrated.
Support from Fellow NBA Personalities
Snell’s desire to secure the medical plan is motivated by his two sons, who have been diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder. His fellow NBA personalities have voiced their support for him. Charles Barkley, an NBA analyst, expressed his hope that a team would sign Snell for the rest of the season, highlighting the financial burden autism can bring to a family. Former NBA guard Kenny Smith suggested that the league should make an “exception” given Snell’s circumstances, emphasizing that it would only be for 40 games.
A Struggle for Medical Coverage
Snell, who was drafted 20th overall in 2013, last played in the NBA during the 2021-22 season. He previously revealed in June that his son’s diagnosis led to his own autism diagnosis. The challenge of providing medical care for his children has motivated Snell’s desire to return to the NBA and secure the necessary medical coverage for his family.
As the deadline approaches, Snell hopes that a team will recognize his talent and sign him, allowing him to provide the necessary support for his children’s medical needs.