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Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer vetoed a bill Friday that would have moved elderly people infected by the coronavirus away from nursing homes into separate facilities.

The Democrat argued that the bill, sent to her by the Republican-controlled legislature, was based on the “false premise that isolation units created within existing facilities are somehow insufficient to protect seniors,” according to The Detroit News.

“Instead of protecting seniors, this bill would require the state to create COVID-19-only facilities, forcing hospitals and many nursing homes to send COVID-19-positive patients to such facilities without any requirement for consent, doctor approval, or notification to the patient or their family,” Whitmer added in a letter explaining her decision. “The legislation fails to explain how such facilities would be staffed or paid for, or how frail residents would be protected during the potentially traumatic transfer from one facility to another.”

State Sen. Peter Lucido, one of the sponsors of the bill, said he was “disappointed” in Whitmer’s decision and urged his Republican colleagues to consider a veto override vote.

“I am very disappointed and saddened that the governor vetoed this extremely important and commonsense legislation,” Lucido said in a statement. “Politics should not prevail over the health and safety of our seniors and healthcare workers, and I urge my colleagues in the Senate and House to consider passing a veto override. We owe this to our citizens, especially the seniors and vulnerable members of our communities who cannot speak for themselves.”

Whitmer has been widely criticized by Republicans for her response to the virus, most recently over her handling of nursing homes. State data show that roughly 33% of coronavirus deaths in the state were nursing home residents or employees. Coronavirus deaths in nursing homes account for a major share of the overall death toll in the United States.

A Detroit News investigation in early June showed that out of 45 nursing homes with the most virus deaths in the state, almost half of them had been cited in the past several months for failing to follow infection control guidelines. In April, Whitmer designated 21 nursing homes as regional hubs capable of receiving stable coronavirus patients, but Republicans have argued that the move has facilitated the spread of the virus.

Lucido also made the argument that the Whitmer administration’s decision to pay regional hubs $5,000 per bed and $200 per day for occupied beds is “incentivizing bringing COVID patients into nursing homes."

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NBA Rumors: Spurs Could Send LaMarcus Aldridge To Bulls For Lauri Markkanen, Otto Porter Jr., And Draft Pick

After their 22-season playoff streak came to an end, the San Antonio Spurs could be planning to rebuild their roster in the 2020 offseason. Instead of being stuck in mediocrity, the Spurs may consider trading LaMarcus Aldridge and other veterans and start gathering players that fit with their long-term plan. In the deal involving Aldridge, one of the potential trade partners for the Spurs this fall is the Chicago Bulls.

According to Fadeaway World, the Spurs could send Aldridge and Derrick White to the Bulls for a package that includes Lauri Markkanen, Otto Porter Jr., and a future draft pick.

“And if we take an in-depth look at all teams, the Chicago Bulls would be a possible destination. Ironically, the Bulls drafted LaMarcus Aldridge but traded him to the Portland Trail Blazers. This time, he may finally play in the United Center. But why? Well, the Bulls finally let coach Jim Boylen go. They’ve put together a promising young core that seems a good player away from being able to make the playoffs, and that might as well by Aldridge. They’d also get Derrick White and finally allow them to trade away Kris Dunn.”

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Trading for Aldridge would only make sense for the Bulls if they are already desperate to end their playoff drought next year. The proposed deal would enable the Bulls to pair their best player, Zach LaVine, with an All-Star caliber big man who is capable of knocking down shots from beyond the arc. Having more space to execute their offense would make it easier for LaVine to penetrate the basket or kick the ball out when he’s trapped by the opposing team’s defense.

Aside from his ability to space the floor, Aldridge is also a good low-post scorer, incredible rebounder, and a quality rim protector. This season, the 35-year-old power forward averaged 18.9 points, 7.4 rebounds, 2.4 assists, and 1.6 blocks while shooting 49.3 percent from the field and 38.9 percent from the three-point range, per ESPN.

White isn’t just included in the deal for salary-matching purposes. He could actually make an immediate impact and help the Bulls become a more competitive team in the Eastern Conference next year. When given enough playing time, he could perform better than most of the point guards who are currently on Chicago’s roster.

Meanwhile, the suggested trade would be a no-brainer for the Spurs. In exchange for Aldridge’s expiring contract, they would be acquiring two quality players in Markkanen and Porter Jr. who fit the timeline of Dejounte Murray. Using the future draft pick, the Spurs could add another talented prospect that could help them speed up the rebuilding process.

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