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Chris McGowan preparing for various scenarios when it comes to next season

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Here’s what we know for sure:

The 2020 NBA Draft is set for Nov. 18

And the league is eyeing Jan. for the start of the 2020-21 season. In an interview with Bob Costas on CNN in late Sept., NBA commissioner Adam Silver said his "best guess" is that the season won't start until January at the earliest.

While Trail Blazers star CJ McCollum expects next season to start in February or March.

How the season will look exactly is still very much up in the air.

There have been talks of potential regional bubbles, or possible games with no fans or limited fans at NBA arenas across the country.

The league still has so many hurdles to jump through before making a concrete decision on how next season will play out.

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For Trail Blazers President and CEO Chris McGowan, he’s preparing for any and all scenarios in regards to how the season could look next year.

We’re planning as if we would start in Dec. or Jan. because that’s what our commissioner has been on record saying. So it’s our job to develop planning for all kinds of scenarios that could come to fruition.

Trail Blazers President and CEO Chris McGowan told NBCSNW

As the league proved this summer that an NBA bubble could be safe and successful, the Trail Blazers are looking to have the same results for an entire season in their own facility. 

 
We’ll be prepared as an organization to launch into whatever the season looks like when it gets announced… We’re working on scenarios that include fan-less games, similar to what the Timbers are doing right now to limited capacity to building towards a point when we can have full buildings again and we’re only going to do any of that if it’s safe, that’s the most important thing.
Chris McGowan

McGowan didn’t say that the league is leaning towards one way or another, but the Blazers are covering their bases.

“We just have to be prepared for anything that comes our way. I’m hopeful that the bubble’s not required or a regional bubble's not required [and] we can get back into our facilities and show progress towards a point where we can open back up again, but I think it’s our job to look at all different types of scenarios to enable ourselves to get a season in next year.”

As for the Trail Blazers decision on who will fill the shoes of Trail Blazers television play-by-play announcer Kevin Calabro, that announcement should be coming within the next month.

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McGowan praised Jordan Kent for his work filling in for Calabro during the NBA restart.

“We’re going through a process right now to get to that decision,” McGowan said. “Obviously, Jordan stepped in and did a really good job and we’re lucky to have him as part of our organization to be able to jump in when Kevin made that decision… I would say within the next month or so we’ll come out and explain to everyone what we’re going to be doing with our broadcast moving forward.”  

Hopefully we’ll know more about the season in the next month as well as the Trail Blazers newest play-by-play announcer.