The NBA Is Set To Release Guidelines On June 1, Sources Say
The NBA suspended its season on March 11 due to the COVID-19 pandemic. And since then, the league has yet to announce a possible return this 2020 while sportsbooks formulate new ways to deliver NBA-action like sims betting markets. Fortunately, plans are slowly coming to life. NBA teams reportedly expect the league office to release guidelines on June 1st.
Adrian Wojnarowski and Zach Lowe of ESPN released the information yesterday. From their joint statements, the two insiders revealed that the NBA might be allowed to resume its season next month:
“Barring an unforeseen turn of events, many NBA owners, executives, and National Basketball Players Association elders believe commissioner Adam Silver will greenlight the return to play in June — with games expected to resume sometime before the end of July.”
The guidelines set to release on June 1 are all about allowing franchises to recall their players who have left their markets in preparation for the current season’s formal ramp-up. On a similar note, NBA teams are waiting for the league to release a timeline covering the expansion of individual workouts for in-market players and the inclusion of more team personnel.
Many players who want to get back in shape before the season returns either stayed in the residential markets or joined their teams for individual workouts. Some players didn’t follow the NBA’s recommendations not to travel abroad. Dallas Mavericks star Luka Doncic was called out when he returned to Europe while the league was on hiatus.
Aside from training and franchise-related plans, the NBA hopes to finalize the location and formats of the games. The league considers a two-location format that includes Orlando’s Walt Disney World in Las Vegas and the final option between Houston’s Toyota Center and George R. Brown Convention Center.
For the format, the league is getting advice from multiple sources. The NBA and the National Basketball Players Association (NBPA) are having occasional meetings to discuss the structure of the current season, particularly how the league will execute regular-season games, play-in tournaments, and playoff formats. Whether or not the full 30 teams will be brought back to finish the season is still a question the league can’t answer.