The NBA will resume on July 31 at the Disney Sports Complex in Orlando, Florida as announced concordant sources close to the league after the governors meeting this Thursday. 22 teams will finally compete for the ring in a reduced format from July 31 to October.
As several news outlets had advanced, Commissioner Adam Silver's proposal to the teams, endorsed by a financial advisory committee, has gone ahead with the only vote against the Portland Trail Blazers, according to reports The Athletic and other sources close to the league.
The NBA has not yet officially informed of the agreement, which must also be ratified this Friday by the players union, although in a preliminary survey the athletes were already generally favorable to the plan.
In this way, the end of July will end a break of more than four months after the competition was stopped by the positive by coronavirus of the Utah Jazz Frenchman Rudy Gobert .
The competition is planned to be completed in a reduced format in some phases and some other novelties. It will be retaken by all the franchises that were already classified for the play-offs and those that still had real options to get classified in the top eight of each conference at the end of the regular league. In this way 22 teams will meet in Orlando, 13 from the Western Conference and nine from the Eastern Conference.
To the top eight of the Eastern (Milwaukee, Toronto, Boston, Miami, Indiana, Philadelphia, Brooklyn and Orlando) and Western (Lakers, Clippers, Denver, Utah, Oklahoma City, Houston, Dalla and Memphis) Conferences teams will currently join six eighth-place wins at both conferences: New Orleans, Portland, San Antonio, Sacramento, Phoenix and Washington.
End of season for eight teams
Therefore, the franchises of Charlotte, Chicago, New York, Detroit, Atlanta, Cleveland, Minnesota and Golden State.
They will play eight games to finish the first phase and if the ninth is very close to their goal they will have the possibility of moving him in a special tie with an advantage over the eighth. In the same way, there will be a kind of play-in to improve the classification at the crossroads for the title.
The competition starts on July 31 and will last about two and a half months, until October 12 as a cap. .
The teams will begin training at their sports facilities in July, and will arrive at full training grounds in Orlando later that same month, the media announced and has been confirmed by the NBA afterward.
The NBA and the players union negotiate details of the return related to security protocols to stay in a kind of health bubble until the competition ends .
Daily tests for players
Life at the Disney complex in Orlando will be governed by a strict protocol to prevent coronavirus . Although players and coaches will be allowed to carry out leisure activities, should always keep their social distance .
The NBA plans to do daily tests for players and team members in general. In the event of a positive, this will be isolated and treated individually while the tests are maintained on the rest of the team's components.
Employees of ESPN Wide World of Sports must follow a similar protocol.