NBA Teams Expecting First Guidelines For Return

Tanya Simon
May 22, 2020

Per ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski, NBA commissioner Adam Silver is expected to outline guidelines for a return around June 1st, which means it will still likely be several weeks until all NBA teams are allowed to formally practice.

Teams expect a similar timeline from the league on when they'll be allowed to expand individual workouts already underway with in-market players to include more team personnel, sources said.

The NBA is considering shortening the 19-20 regular season to 70 games with play resuming in July.

The stoppage came as the league hurtled toward its playoffs, which were due to start in April.

As part of the NBA's plan to return to action, players being recalled from other cities and countries would be quarantined.

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More individual workouts and team training camps would also feature in a build-up to any resumption of play.

The league has made efforts to discuss potential scenarios for finishing out the season, such as finalizing a location and ushering in new safety protocols.

It is possible the National Basketball Association could try to squeeze in the remainder of the regular season - there are as many as 18 games left for some teams - but they could opt for an expanded playoffs with a play-in for teams beyond the usual 16 spots.

Exactly what the league's return might look like is still unclear, although Shams Charania and Sam Amick of The Athletic report that Orlando's Walt Disney World Resort has emerged as the clear frontrunner to host the league's isolated return.

The MGM Grand in Las Vegas has also been under consideration, and Houston has apparently been added to the list of possible sites as well. The Bahamas was also mentioned as a possibility.

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