According to multiple reports from several league insiders, the National Basketball Association is gearing for a return with the first phase of the process occurring June 1 when players are recalled to their home markets.
Disney World in Orlando has emerged as a clear frontrunner for the league's return-to-play site.
Games could be played at centralized locations, with ESPN reporting that Orlando, Florida, and Las Vegas, Nevada are being considered as places where multiple teams could be based.
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Orlando has moved ahead of Las Vegas as the top neutral-site candidate, according to Charania.
Meanwhile, commissioner Adam Silver has acknowledged the prospect of playing without fans in attendance and the significant loss of profit that will come with it.
The league is set to issue protocols around June 1 regarding the return of out-of-town players to teams, ESPN reported Wednesday.
Games are expected to resume before the end of July. The league is discussing a step-by-step plan for a resumption of the season that includes an initial two-week recall of players into team marketplaces for a period of quarantine, one to two weeks of individual workouts at team facilities, and a two- to three-week formal training camp, sources told ESPN.More news: Justice League Snyder Cut Officially Releasing in 2021
The report added that Silver emphasized that in order for a return to occur, all parties would need to accept that a single positive test for COVID-19 would not derail the season. "We're going to put our family on hold'".
In addition, teams are also expecting that they will be able to expand the workouts that players who are already back in their market will be able to participate in.
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