The NBA Board of Governors is set to approve a 22-team return-to-play plan on Thursday.
According to both Shams Charania of The Athletic and ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski, a call is scheduled for 12:30 p.m. ET tomorrow, with the intention of approving the 22-team restart plan in Orlando, FL.
With this plan, the 16 teams already in playoff position will be sent to Orlando, with New Orleans, Portland, Sacramento, Phoenix, and San Antonio also coming from the West, along with Washington in the East. The six additional teams will be brought in to fight for the eighth seed in their respective conferences.
There, the teams will play in eight final regular season games before the playoffs begin. If the ninth seed is more than four games behind the eighth seed, the eighth seed earns the final playoff spot. If they are within four games, the eighth and ninth seeds will participate in a play-in tournament that is double-elimination for the eighth seed and single-elimination for the ninth.
If approved tomorrow, as expected, the league is set to return on July 31 and will continue through October 12.
The NBA is back.