The NBA is reportedly set to announce a July 31 return, as NBA commissionerAdam Silverproposed a 22-team plan to resume the season at Disney World in Orlando.
ESPN’sAdrian Wojnarowski took to Twitter to share the news, explaining the logistics of the return:
So the NBA's inviting 22 teams to Orlando: 13 Western Conference, 9 Eastern Conference. Eight-regular season games per team. Play-in for the 8th seeds. July 31-October 12. Vote tomorrow to ratify.
The NBA's back.
Wojnarowski also reported that the NBA’s Board of Governors expected to approve Silver’s plan during a 12:30 ET call on Thursday:
The NBA's Board of Governors has a 12:30 PM ET call on Thursday with the intention of approving the league's plan for a 22-team return-to-play in Orlando, sources tell ESPN. https://twitter.com/wojespn/status/1268200113148768258 …
Each of the 22 teams will play eight regular season games in Orlando for seeding purposes for the playoffs, sources tell ESPN.
Silver shut down the league on March 11 after Utah Jazz player Rudy Goberttested positive for the coronavirus, marking the first major closure due to the outbreak. His decision sparked several other sports leagues to suspend their seasons, so many have been looking to Silver for guidance on when to return amid the pandemic.