Weeks of deliberation and proposals of various ways to restart the 2019-20 season led to the NBA’s Board of Governors approving a 22-team return-to-play plan on Thursday. The board voted 29-1 in favor of the proposal, however the Portland Trail Blazers were the only franchise to vote against the plan, per Shams Charania of The Athletic.
Details about the NBA’s restart plan emerged on Wednesday, which includes regular season games and a possible play-in tournament to determine the eighth seed in each conference.
Thursday’s meeting also provided a timeline for the resumed 2019-20 season, offseason activities, and looming 2020-21 campaign:
Sources: Additional dates NBA informed on Board of Governors call:— Shams Charania (@ShamsCharania) June 4, 2020
- June 15, players located internationally return to market
- June 21, all players report
- June 22, coronavirus testing begins https://t.co/kFZajb3Ioz
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)
NBA has set an August 25 Draft Lottery and October 15 Draft, sources say.— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) June 4, 2020
We’ll update this article as the finalized details emerge from the Board of Governors’ meeting.