NBA targeting July 31 as the return date

2020-05-29T21:22:27+00:00 2020-05-29T21:22:27+00:00.

Stefan Djordjevic

29/May/20 21:22

NBA has informed the Board of Governors that July 31 is the targeted return-to-play date

By Eurohoops team/

NBA commissioner Adam Silver and the league office informed the Board of Governors that July 31 is a target date for the return of the season, according to Shams Charania. 

The following four scenarios were discussed at the meeting:

– 16 teams: Directly to playoffs
– 20: Group/stage play
– 22: Games to determine seeding, play-in tournament for final seed(s)
– 30: 72-game regular season, with play-in tourney

Hornets owner Michael Jordan advocated on the call for player safety, and not simply having players return for meaningless games. Given the NBA is prioritizing health and safety first and foremost, 30 team return is unlikely.

According to Adrian Wojnarowski, the two-hour call included discussion/debate of the possible plans and financial implications of proposals but no broad ownership consensus on an idea.

Wojnarowski also added that “as hard as owners and teams are pushing for proposals rooted in some level of self-interest, there’s still a sense they’ll give Silver the latitude to implement the plan that he lands on with the NBPA. Most expect that’ll come inside the next week.”

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