The timeframes are slowly being leaked and the return of the 2019-20 NBA season could be known by the end of the week.
On Tuesday afternoon, ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski reported that the NBA’s Board of Governors will “vote on a finalized plan to restart the season” and that it will take place this coming Thursday.
The NBA's Board of Governors has a Thursday meeting set for a vote on a finalized plan to restart the season, per sources. The league is still working through those details with the NBPA. https://t.co/bwZ74S3ldR
— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) June 2, 2020
Woj also reported on Tuesday that the final game of the playoffs would occur – at the latest – on October 12. So if the NBA Finals were to reach a Game 7, October 12 is the day it would take place. This news comes just a few days after it was reported that NBA Commissioner Adam Silver is targeting a July 31 return date with teams most likely converging into one “bubble” venue located in Orlando’s Walt Disney World.
If this were the case, then the league is looking at roughly two-and-a-half months to finish up the regular season and complete the postseason. Typically, the NBA Playoffs, by itself, lasts around two months. The NBA Draft and the beginning of free agency would start sometime after the conclusion of the season.
Instead of restarting the league as the NBA left it following the March 11 postponement, a 22-team playoff field is expected to be introduced following a portion of regular-season games. Teams that are currently outside of the playoff standings (New Orleans, Portland, San Antonio, Sacramento, Phoenix, and Washington) will be included along with the traditional 16-team field, as well. A three-fourths vote is required to pass the proposal, but Woj believes it is highly likely that it will be “overwhelmingly” approved.
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