According to Chicago-based Media Company, The Athletic, the NBA Commissioner, Adam Silver, and the league’s office has informed the board of directors that they have set their eyes on July 31st for the restart of the 2019/2020 NBA season.
The league made known its plans during the Board of Directors meeting on Friday, with four scenarios discussed on how to complete the NBA season which was suspended on March 11 due to the outbreak of the Coronavirus.
Of the four scenarios, one depicted the probability of having the remainder of the regular season canceled by the NBA. If this event takes place, the top 16 teams in the standings when the season is canceled would head straight into the playoffs.
A second scenario pictures all 30 teams reaching 72 games before conducting a full post-season.
The NBA is also planning a restart with as many as about 20 or 22 teams involved, with the final few playoff spots to be determined by either a play-in tournament or by group-stage play just like the FIFA World Cup format.
It was gathered that the majority of the League’s General Managers support having the season advance directly to the playoffs.
According to survey results claimed to have been seen by ESPN, 16 of the 30 General Managers in the meeting preferred the option above, with only one General Manager proposing that the regular season ends with 30 teams before proceeding to the playoffs.
Also, according to the survey, 16 General Managers supported retaining the traditional playoff format, with 14 championing an option to re-seed the 16 qualifiers regardless of the conference.
Half of the General Managers in attendance at the meeting preferred 20 teams participating in any kind of expanded playoffs, with seven votings for 24 teams, five for 18 teams, and three General Managers going for 22 teams.
The survey also indicated a willingness for greater roster flexibility among teams once play resumes, whether by increasing numbers or making more options available to replace sick or injured players.
When the General Managers were asked their preference for the conclusion of the NBA season, 25 of the 30 responses recorded supported a completion on or before October 1, 2020.
The NBA is expected to use the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex near Orlando, Florida for all games as well as its training camps once it finalizes the number of teams participating when the season resumes.