In the NBA, traveling is bad.
But on Sunday, the league reportedly is allowing a little bit of traveling.
The Athletic's Shams Charania and ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski reported, citing sources, that the NBA will allow players to leave their team's markets and travel to their home cities.
NBA has sent memo to teams telling them that players can leave respective cities during hiatus, league source tell ESPN.— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) March 16, 2020
While the players are free to go home, Charania reported, citing sources, that there are rules that need to be abided by.
Sources: Players who travel out of team's market during NBA season hiatus must: Provide whereabouts; remain home, do social distancing. Team permitted to pay for certain travel.— Shams Charania (@ShamsCharania) March 16, 2020
Teams also encouraged to establish daily health/basketball check-ins (such as via FaceTime, Skype). https://t.co/9uoboDoJ8L
While NBA commissioner Adam Silver initially stated that the NBA hiatus due to the coronavirus pandemic could last at least 30 days, that timetable took a big hit Sunday. After the Center for Disease Control recommended no gatherings of 50 or more people for the next eight weeks, Wojnarowski spoke to several NBA owners and executives who believe the best-case scenario for a resumption of the season is mid-to-late June.
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Yes, NBA players have been given the green light to travel home. But under the current circumstances, it's probably not the best idea to go through an airport and get on a plane right now.