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PBT Podcast: NBA suspends season due to coronavirus, now what happens?

Virus-Outbreak NBA

A worker removes rolled up carpets after the Dallas Mavericks defeated the Denver Nuggets in an NBA basketball game on Wednesday, March 11, 2020 at American Airlines Center in Dallas. The NBA has suspended its season “until further notice” after a Utah Jazz player tested positive Wednesday for the coronavirus, a move that came only hours after the majority of the league’s owners were leaning toward playing games without fans in arenas. The vast majority of people recover from the new coronavirus. According to the World Health Organization, most people recover in about two to six weeks, depending on the severity of the illness. (Ashley Landis /The Dallas Morning News via AP)


The NBA has hit pause on its season after Utah’s Rudy Gobert — and later, teammate Donovan Mitchell — tested positive for coronavirus.

Now what happens? Is the season shortened, do they go straight to the playoffs, or does the league still try to play out the full 82 games and just push everything back?

What could this mean for the draft, Summer League, and the Olympics? What will the reduction in income to the league mean to the salary cap?

Kurt Helin and Keith Smith from NBC Sports talk about what they know in relation to the stopped games, and a lot about how nobody really knows what happens in this uncharted territory. They also answer a couple of listener questions, including one about what Giannis Antetokounmpo might do this summer and how that impacts every other team

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