Injury kept him out of New Orleans' appearance in the first game of this National Basketball Association season when the Pelicans started the year at Toronto, but now the big-name rookie will be in position to be on center stage at Disney when play resumes - against the team that was the first to find itself in the middle of the NBA's coronavirus situation.
According to NBA Insider Shams Charnia, there will be a maximum of seven games played each day split amongst three courts at the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex.More news: Shooting at California Walmart distribution center leaves two dead, four injured
The NBA got one step closer to its eventual return Friday with the official announcement of the eight-game regular-season schedule for the 22 teams that'll be heading to Walt Disney World in Orlando, Fla., for the season restart at the end of July.
As expected, all games at the Disney complex will be played spectator-free and will be held under strict health and safety protocols created to minimise risks related to the coronavirus pandemic.More news: Florida's coronavirus crisis deepens as state shatters daily case record
All games are set to take place in Orlando, Florida, as the league looks to adapt to the COVID-19 pandemic. The plan has been enacted after several months of debate. "And so it's a closed network; and while it's not impermeable, we are in essence protected from cases around us".
The season, meanwhile, is scheduled to begin just a few weeks after that on July 30. If the NBA is able to stage the remainder of the games without having to shut down again, the NBA Finals will finish no later than October 13.More news: Trump denies being briefed on Russian bounty intelligence