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  • LeBron James
    SF, Los Angeles Lakers

    According to Shams Charania, the NBA has informed players that they will not be able to travel with their respective teams to Orlando, should they fail to be tested on one of two days before the scheduled travel date.

    The report also says that if the player does indeed miss the said window to be tested, he will need to register three consecutive tests before traveling. This is a strict protocol, but one the league needs to enforce in order to ensure the safety of all of the players and staff who will be entering the "bubble" in Walt Disney World in preparation for the resumption of the 2019-20 season. There has been a lot of concern, especially with the growing number of cases being recorded in Florida.

    Source: Shams Charania on Twitter

  • LeBron James
    SF, Los Angeles Lakers

    The NBA has released its schedule of scrimmages for the Orlando restart, with games beginning on July 22.

    The league has tried to match up teams that are unlikely opponents for these scrimmages so nobody gets a really good look at what a potential playoff matchup might want to run. For example, the first day of scrimmages will see the Nuggets face the Wizards, the Nets take on the Pelicans, the Clippers against the Magic and the Kings vs. the Heat. Scrimmages will run through July 28.

    Source: Chris Haynes on Twitter

  • LeBron James
    SF, Los Angeles Lakers

    Out of 344 players tested between June 24-29, nine have tested positive for COVID-19.

    That brings the NBA up to 25 positive cases among players since June 23 testing began, a positive rate of 7.1%. 10 out of 884 staff members have also tested positive. How the NBA handles any potential spread of the virus inside the Orlando bubble will make or break their entire plan.

    Source: Shams Charania on Twitter

  • LeBron James
    SF, Los Angeles Lakers

    Speaking to reporters on Tuesday, Lakers GM Rob Pelinka said that it doesn't appear there are any home-court advantages outside of the hotel accommodations.

    As of now, there doesn't seem to be any extra in-game play for higher-seeded teams, and it is going to be hard to come up with something inside the bubble. While playing on a crowd-less court at a neutral site is going to change the dynamic of pretty much everything, this information is something to keep an eye on for DFS players as home splits especially can be thrown out the window.

    Source: Mike Trudell on Twitter

  • LeBron James
    SF, Los Angeles Lakers

    The NBA has announced that 16 players have tested positive for COVID-19, out of 302 tests overall.

    This only covers the tests administered on June 23. Players who test positive will now self-isolate. The league wants players and teams to prepare to head to Florida, where over 14% of tests returned positive yesterday, with the state adding 9,000 new cases in a single day. This pool's 5.3% positive rate is paltry by comparison but there are still many hurdles to clear before the season officially gets back on track.

    Source: Chris Haynes on Twitter

  • LeBron James
    SF, Los Angeles Lakers

    While the NBA cannot ignore the increasing rate of COVID-19 cases in Florida, high-level team executives are reporting that the NBA remains confident in the Orlando bubble.

    Adam Silver is taking the danger associated with COVID-19 seriously, but the league is optimistic that they've taken the necessary precautions to proceed forward. Moreover, the largest case concentrations are in South Florida, not near Orlando, as central Florida has not seen as large of an increase in comparison. This moment is a reminder that the path ahead is going to be a bumpy one, and the NBA can only control so much of what is taking place outside of the Orlando bubble.

    Source: ESPN

  • LeBron James
    SF, Los Angeles Lakers

    Shams Charania is reporting that with increasing testing capabilities and with the change in CDC guidelines, the NBA will now be able to test asymptomatic players and staff for COVID-19.

    The NBA is also planning to fund a study out of Yale University's School of Public Health. That research aims to give a boost to saliva-based COVID-19 testing. This type of test would help expand testing opportunities to the wider general public. Expanding testing across the country would only help end the need for a bubble strategy for future NBA games beyond the 2019-20 season. It makes sense for the NBA to send funds towards this research as the league wants teams to return to their home arenas as soon as it is safe to do so.

    Source: Shams Charania on Twitter

  • LeBron James
    SF, Los Angeles Lakers

    Adrian Wojnarowski reports that the NBA has bumped up its planned restart date to July 30.

    The league previously listed July 31 as its target date, so this isn’t a huge change. It does condense the timeline ever so slightly, which might suggest that the league is confident that its return-to-play protocols will go smoothly, but there’s really no need to read too much into this.

    Source: Adrian Wojnarowski on Twitter

  • LeBron James
    SF, Los Angeles Lakers

    According to Shams Charania, the 2019-20 NBA playoffs are tentatively set to begin on August 18, immediately after a play-in tournament which will run from the 16th through the 17th of that same month.

    In addition, the second round of the playoffs is tentatively set for September 1, the Conference Finals on September 15 and the Finals in September 30. This is good news. The fact that the league is already making plans for schedules this far ahead, is encouraging sign. Fans have been eagerly awaiting the resumption of the league and it appears we're going to be able to crown a champion in just over two months' time.

    Source: Shams Charania on Twitter

  • LeBron James
    SF, Los Angeles Lakers

    Shams Charania is reporting that the NBPA informed players that they will be tested on a nightly basis for COVID-19 and a positive test will result in quarantine for a minimum of seven days.

    The resumption of play will also include 2-3 preseason games and a bubble of 1600 total people. Players will not have tracking devices on them but they are expected to stay in the bubble for the entire period. Everything is gradually coming together and the schedule for the return to play is becoming more and more clear for all parties.

    Source: Shams Charania on Twitter

  • LeBron James
    SF, Los Angeles Lakers

    The Board of Governors has approved the NBA's 22-team format to restart the 2019-20 season.

    The vote was 29-1. It was widely expected that the format would get the go-ahead, even though more than one team didn't fully support the proposed plan, and the NBA has at least settled on what the season will look like once it's able to resume. They have also set the draft lottery for August 25 and the draft for October 15. The biggest hurdles remain anything that has to do with COVID-19, and to this point the league has yet to say anything about those challenges, but there is plenty of forward momentum these days.

    Source: Adrian Wojnarowski on Twitter

  • LeBron James
    SF, Los Angeles Lakers

    Adrian Wojnarowski is reporting that the NBA will have an eight-game regular season for the purposes of playoff seeding upon its return while Shams Charania reports that there will be a play-in tournament for the eighth seed.

    This applies to the NBA coming back with 22 teams, as the league's bottom eight are well out of playoff contention and bringing them to Orlando would only negatively affect the league's pursuit for player safety. As for the play-in tournament, Charania describes it as such: "If the ninth seed is more than four games behind the eighth seed, the eighth seed earns the playoff spot; if the ninth seed is four or fewer games behind, then the eighth and ninth seed will enter a play-in tournament that is double-elimination for the eighth seed and single-elimination for ninth." Expect another announcement about the league's format in the coming days.

    Source: Adrian Wojnarowski on Twitter

  • LeBron James
    SF, Los Angeles Lakers

    ESPN's Adrian Wojanrowski is reporting that Adam Silver and the NBA Board of Governors, who are planning to vote Thursday on how to continue the season, would like the NBA Finals to conclude no later than October 12.

    With July 31 being the widely-reported restart date and the league tentatively planning to start 𝘯𝘦𝘹𝘵 season by Christmas Day of this year, it would make sense to crown a league champion as early as possible. The meeting with the NBA Board of Governors on Thursday will (finally) bring some clarity to the rest of the NBA season, as they will hold a vote to decide how to proceed. NBA fans have been waiting since the middle of March for some resolutions. This week will provide them.

    Source: Adrian Wojnarowski on Twitter

  • LeBron James
    SF, Los Angeles Lakers

    Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN is reporting that the NBA is planning for a Board of Governors vote on Thursday, during which they are expected to approve Adam Silver's proposal for re-starting the season in Orlando.

    The trend lines are all moving in this direction, and this adds another bullet point on the schedule as the league prepares for launching games on July 31. Adam Silver has been able to bridge any divides between ownership and the players, and has been taking into account all his key constituent's views as we approach approval of a plan for moving forward. We still have plenty of items to resolve before we see game action, but the NBA is gaining momentum as these details come into place.

    Source: Adrian Wojnarowski on Twitter

  • LeBron James
    SF, Los Angeles Lakers

    On a call with the Board of Governors on Friday, Adam Silver and the league office confirmed July 31 as a target date for the resumption of the NBA season, according to a report from Shams Charania.

    We have to imagine that this is just one of the possible options on the table, as the league still has much to figure out. Charania adds that the league has four scenarios for the return: 16 teams move directly to the playoffs, 20 teams engage in group/stage play, 22 teams have games to determine seeding with a play-in tournament, and all 30 teams reconvene for a 72-game season with a play-in tournament. It's seemed unlikely that we'll have a full 30-team return given the stated priorities for player safety. There are still tons of logistical hurdles to clear but the NBA is getting its ducks in a row for a potential return.

    Source: Shams Charania on Twitter