NBA Commissioner Adam Silver says the 2019-20 NBA season is still on hold, has not been canceled, and that the league is “not in any position to make decisions at this time” about when or how play will resume. Silver’s statements were made on behalf of the NBA Board of Governors and were reported by multiple media outlets.
NBA commissioner Adam Silver says Board of Governors are in agreement that safety is paramount: “We are not in any position to make any decisions and it’s unclear when we will be.”— Shams Charania (@ShamsCharania) April 17, 2020
Silver also quoted Disney exec Bob Iger, who addressed NBA board of governors today. Iger told them, "It’s about the data and not the date." Silver added, "That is going to be my answer to all of you when you ask me similar questions." https://t.co/jJJv7NWilM— Howard Beck (@HowardBeck) April 17, 2020
Adam Silver says NBA is not ready to set a date when a decision has to be made on resuming the season. "I would just say everything is on the table," including moving back the start of next season.— Tim MacMahon (@espn_macmahon) April 17, 2020
Adam Silver says continuing the regular season is "absolutely still an option. Everything is on the table. All rules are off. … If there is an opportunity to resume play, even if it looks different than what we’ve done historically, we should be modeling it."— Fred Katz (@FredKatz) April 17, 2020
The league has also reached an agreement with its players to withhold a portion of salaries against the possibility of games being canceled.
ESPN Sources: The NBA and NBPA have agreed on the withholding of 25 percent of each player paycheck beginning on May 15. Deal gives gradual reduction in salary should Force Majeure provision be enacted with cancellation of regular season games. May 1 checks will be paid in full.— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) April 17, 2020
The season has been on hiatus since March 11th due to the spread of COVID-19.