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NBA Commissioner Adam Silver: July 31 target date to resume 2019-20 season

Vincent Frank
NBA rumors: COVID-19
Oct 23, 2019; Salt Lake City, UT, USA; NBA Commissioner Adam Silver speaks to the press during the 2023 NB All-Star announcement at Vivint Smart Home Arena. Mandatory Credit: Chris Nicoll-USA TODAY Sports

The NBA Board of Governors held a two-hour meeting Friday afternoon to discuss details pertaining to a resumption of the suspended 2019-20 season.

There’s nothing concrete at this point. A full plan is expected at some point within the next week. Though, NBA Commissioner Adam Silver did set a target date of July 31 to resume the season.

This makes sense in that it would take a three-week training camp for players to get back into shape. At this point, team facilities have opened with strict social-distancing protocols amid the ongoing pandemic. Said protocols would have to be loosened in order for camps to even start up.

Though, this is the first time we’ve heard a concrete date as it relates to the resumption of a season that has been suspended since back on March 11.

The NBA also discussed four different competition scenarios for the return to the season, per The Athletic’s Shams Charania.

  • Directly to the playoffs with 16 teams
  • Group stage play with 20 teams
  • Play-in tournament with 22 teams
  • 72-game regular season with play-in tournament

At this point, a majority of NBA general managers back an expanded playoff field with at least a few regular-season games before the start of the playoffs.

It sure looks like the plan is coming together.