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Report: Cavaliers, Trail Blazers, Nuggets to open facilities on Friday

Cavaliers guard Collin Sexton and Trail Blazers star Damian Lillard

CLEVELAND, OH - NOVEMBER 23: Collin Sexton #2 of the Cleveland Cavaliers plays defense during the game against the Portland Trail Blazers on November 23, 2019 at Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland, Ohio. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this Photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2019 NBAE (Photo by David Liam Kyle/NBAE via Getty Images)

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The NBA is planning to allow teams – where permitted by local governments – to open facilities Friday. So far, we’ve heard mostly about teams that can’t or won’t. There’s still plenty of caution amid the coronavirus epidemic.

But a few teams will welcome players.

Jeff Zillgitt and Mark Medina of USA Today:

Even though the NBA targeted Friday for teams to open their practice facilities to a limited number of players at a time, just a few teams – the Cleveland Cavaliers, Portland Trail Blazers and Denver Nuggets and maybe another team or two – plan to make their facility available on that day.

The Houston Rockets had planned to open Friday, but Texas Gov. Greg Abbott pushed back the opening of gyms until May 18 so the Rockets will follow those guidelines.

This won’t be a resumption of business as usual. There will be drastic protocols in place for these voluntary individual workouts.

But players want to play. Some are reportedly secretly practicing in “closed” gyms.

NBA teams have the resources to provide safer conditions. Once it becomes sufficiently safe and legal, teams should open their facilities.

Though not necessarily Friday, plenty of other teams will soon. Zillgitt and Medina assembled a breakdown of each team’s plan.