It’s baaaaaaaaaaack. After yesterday’s report that the 22-team return plan was expected to be approved, Adrian Wojnarowski reports that NBA owners followed through and officially said “aye” to Adam Silver’s outline of how NBA basketball will return to business.
The NBA’s Board of Governors has voted to approve the league’s 22-team format to restart the 2019-2020 season in Orlando, source tells ESPN.— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) June 4, 2020
The outlines of the plan were detailed yesterday, but it will be the thirteen Western Conference teams and nine Eastern Conference teams making the trek to Orlando. Other details include:
- Each team will play eight regular season games (following what would’ve been their upcoming schedule pre-cancellation to the best of our knowledge right now)
- Play-in tournament for the final seed in each conference as long as the nine-seed is within four games of the eighth seed. In that scenario, the nine seed would have to win both games of a 2-game series, the eight seed would only have to win once.
- Standard playoff format with each conference going ahead with the standard seeding we’re used to from year’s past.
- Training camp will begin on June 30 as well as other details included in the below from Shams Charania:
Sources: The NBA informed the Board of Governors of scheduled dates:— Shams Charania (@ShamsCharania) June 4, 2020
- Training camp: June 30, July 7 travel to Orlando
- 2019-20 season: July 31
- Free agency: Oct. 18
- 2020-21 targets: Nov. 10 training camp, Dec. 1 opening night (can remain fluid)
Additionally, this pushback of the NBA calendar has obviously affected the NBA draft dates as well, which will take place just three days after the last possible day of the playoffs, October 12.
NBA has set an August 25 Draft Lottery and October 15 Draft, sources say.— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) June 4, 2020
We still have little to no details on how exactly the NBA plans to handle some of the more fluid questions regarding return to play, including what would happen should a player test positive for COVID-19. For the sake and health of everyone involved, let’s hope Adam Silver discusses that in more details soon.
For now, the official date to return assuages any lingering concerns that the Bucks might not be able to play out their chance at a championship. Basketball is back in less than two months folks. As more details trickle out, we’ll continue to update this post.