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Adrian WojnarowskiSenior NBA Insider
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The NBA’s board of governors intends to approve a league proposal on a 22-team format to restart the season in Orlando, Florida, sources told ESPN.
The convention call and vote is determined for 12: 30 p.m. ET Thursday, sources said.
Commissioner Adam Silver and the league’s advisory/finance committee have shared the broad details of a plan with teams to play at the Walt Disney World Resort, sources said. The plan includes 13 Western Conference teams and nine Eastern Conference teams, eight regular-season games, a that you can think of play-in tournament for the eighth seed, and playoffs, sources said.
The top 16 teams in the Eastern and Western conferences will probably be joined by teams currently within six games of eighth place in the two conferences — Modern Orleans, Portland, San Antonio, Sacramento, Phoenix and Washington, sources said.
The play-in tournament will include the No. 8 and No. 9 teams — if the ninth seed finishes the regular season within four games of the eighth, sources said. In that case, the No. 8 seed enters a double-elimination tournament and the No. 9 seed a single-elimination tournament, sources said.
Teams will begin training at team internet sites in July and advance to plump training camps in Orlando later that month, sources said.
Among the eight teams omitted of the Orlando format, several are disappointed and concerned about how a nine-month window between NBA games affects their teams competitively and financially, sources said.
For these teams omitted of the playoffs — including Atlanta, Cleveland, Charlotte and Detroit — there has already been dialogue with the league urging mandatory summer training camps and regional fall leagues that may possibly bridge the prolonged gap between seasons, sources told ESPN. These are ideas many teams take into consideration vital, and there is an expectation that the NBA will raise that you can think of scenarios such as these with the players’ union, sources said.
The NBA and National Basketball Players Association are negotiating details of the return to play’s safety protocols and competitors.
Existence in the NBA bubble will probably be governed by a location of safety protocols. Whereas players and coaches will probably be allowed to golf or eat at outside restaurants, they are going to also want to maintain social distancing, sources told ESPN’s Ramona Shelburne.
The NBA is planning to have uniform, daily testing for the coronavirus within the Disney campus atmosphere, sources told ESPN. ESPN is owned by The Walt Disney Company.
If a player assessments clear for the virus, the league’s intent can be to opt that player from the team to quarantine and treat individually — and continue to test other team contributors as they play on, sources said.
Workers at the Disney resort will have to maintain similar protocols. For example, no staff will probably be allowed into players’ rooms, and hallways will probably be carefully managed to avoid crowding, sources told Shelburne.
The NBA suspended its season on March 11 because of the coronavirus pandemic.