The NBA is reportedly targeting July 31 as the date to resume the 2019-20 season, but how the league will return to action is still under consideration.
According to ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski, numerous members of the NBA's board of governors are in favor of a 22-team format that would likely include play-in games to compete for playoff spots.
ESPN story with @ramonashelburne on the NBA's Board of Governors planning to approve Adam Silver's eventual recommendation on a return-to-play plan in a vote on Thursday -- and growing support among ownership for 22 teams resuming season in Orlando. https://t.co/fsi5LArjJx— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) May 29, 2020
In the proposed format, teams that are within six games of the final playoff spot would be invited to compete at Disney's ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex in Orlando, Fla., where the league is planning to resume the season in a "bubble-like" format.
That means the Wizards, who currently sit 5.5 games back of the Orlando Magic for the eighth and final playoff berth in the Eastern Conference, would be the only team invited from the East that currently doesn't hold a playoff spot.
In the West, four teams -- the New Orleans Pelicans, Portland Trail Blazers, San Antonio Spurs and Sacramento Kings -- are all within six games of the conference's final playoff spot.
This news comes after general managers expressed their interest in expanding the playoff field from 16 to 20-24 teams earlier this week.
The NBA has yet to decide how the final playoff spot will be determined, whether that be based on multiple regular season games or a play-in style tournament, according to Wojnarowski. Regardless, the league is adamant about playing multiple regular season games before entering the playoffs, according to the report.
Commissioner Adam Silver indefinitely suspended the NBA season on March 11 when Utah Jazz forward Rudy Gobert tested positive for the novel coronavirus, and the league has been on hiatus ever since.
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