With the compressed timeline between the NBA draft, free agency, and the start of training camps during the coronavirus pandemic, it has been unclear when teams could begin practices and how they would do so. Marc Stein of the New York Times reports that players must be back in their markets Saturday, November 28th in order to start the required three negative coronavirus tests prior to beginning practices.
NBA teams are scheduled to begin training camps Tuesday with individual workouts capped at four players and four team staff members at one time, league sources say, with all those participating required to register three negative PCR tests— Marc Stein (@TheSteinLine) November 28, 2020
Dec. 4 (next Friday) is the soonest date for full team practices, sources say, but teams will have to wait until Dec. 6 for their first group practice sessions unless all players have reported by Saturday to begin daily testing— Marc Stein (@TheSteinLine) November 28, 2020
NBA exhibition play is scheduled to open Dec. 11
The only Trail Blazers player who was out of market as of Neil Olshey’s press conference was Jusuf Nurkic. Several players have already been engaging in individual workouts at the Blazers’ practice facility, including Zach Collins, Rodney Hood, and CJ McCollum.
The Blazers are set to resume play Friday, December 11th against the Sacramento Kings.
Shams Charania of the Athletic reports that the anonymous hotline for safety violations will return for the season.