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  • LeBron James
    SF, Los Angeles Lakers

    Report: NBA players that received advanced payments or regular payments on a six-month cycle instead of a 12-month cycle could return significant amounts to owners as part of a compensation deal.

    Owners may already get back a pro-rated amount of their players' salaries for each game that is not made up this season. And these players that have been paid some of their salary early would need to return the advanced portion, as well. The takeaway here is that both sides would clearly benefit by playing as many regular season games as possible, but the painful talks about how to handle the missing revenue from the inevitable missed games are moving along.

    Source: cnbc.com

  • LeBron James
    SF, Los Angeles Lakers

    The NBA "would like to have a champion crowned by Labor Day weekend," per Adrian Wojnarowski.

    Wojnarowski was on "Get Up" on Tuesday morning with host Mike Greenberg when he gave the latest timeline that he is hearing. Woj made it a point of emphasis that this is the ideal timeline that the NBA is hoping to complete this season by, and added that if this comes to fruition there is no question that the start of next season would be delayed. This is the latest timeline that we are hearing about, and we will have to see how realistic this is as time passes.

    Source: ESPN

  • LeBron James
    SF, Los Angeles Lakers

    NBA teams will not be allowed to conduct in-person or live video workouts for NBA Draft prospects but will be allowed up to four hours of virtual meetings per prospect.

    Whenever the draft happens, it will be with the least amount of research in quite a while. Teams will be without tournament game tape for college prospects and without the ability to watch live workouts. Combined with a lack of consensus on who the best players are, this could lead to a wild draft with the eventual best players going much later than usual.

    Source: Shams Charania on Twitter

  • LeBron James
    SF, Los Angeles Lakers

    Adam Silver said there will be no way to know the NBA season's fate until at least May 1st.

    It's not much of a surprise to hear that Silver doesn't expect to have enough information to make a determination about the season until next month at the very least. He also mentioned that the NBA has looked a lot at games without fans.

    Source: Tim Bontemps on Twitter

  • LeBron James
    SF, Los Angeles Lakers

    The NBA and ESPN are working together to televise a H-O-R-S-E competition with several high-profile players.

    Woj reported that the details of this competition are still being finalized, but it sounds like players will shoot in isolation, most likely in their home gyms. This would be a much needed source of entertainment for everyone who loves the NBA and, with bragging rights on the line, we would likely see some stellar performances from the NBA's best players.

    Source: Adrian Wojnarowski on Twitter

  • LeBron James
    SF, Los Angeles Lakers

    Speaking on ESPN on Friday, Brian Windhorst said that there has been increasing pessimism about the NBA season resuming.

    Windhorst noted that the league has begun to discuss the financial ramifications of shutting the league down, and we've seen reports about the league looking for players to take paycuts as a result of the season's uncertain future. The fact that the CBA in China was set to resume and then delayed again is an ominous sign with NBA markets nowhere near the apex of COVID-19.

    Source: ESPN

  • LeBron James
    SF, Los Angeles Lakers

    The entire Lakers roster has been deemed symptom-free of the coronavirus after completing a 14-day home isolation that was prescribed by team doctors, according to Lakers reporter Mike Trudell.

    Finally, some good news for the NBA. The Lakers were isolated two weeks ago and they all maintained quarantine in their homes. The league has yet to announce plans as far as next steps for potentially resuming the 2019-20 season, but this is a good start. More teams should complete quarantine periods in the coming weeks. It doesn't help that professional basketball's return in China was halted abruptly after they had planned on making a return earlier this week. This is obviously a very fluid situation and NBA commissioner Adam Silver must bide his time before making concrete decisions. Stay tuned.

    Source: Mike Trudell on Twitter

  • LeBron James
    SF, Los Angeles Lakers

    The New York Post's Marc Berman reports that the NBA's best-case scenario is looking like a late June to early July brief regular season restart with a one-site, 16-team playoff, possibly with each series a best-of-three.

    He mentions that a league official said that nothing is off the table, so we're far away from anything definitive. There is still obviously a chance that the season gets cancelled, but the league is "very determined to have a champion". Don't expect anything to be determined for many weeks, if not months.

    Source: The New York Post

  • LeBron James
    SF, Los Angeles Lakers

    The 2020 Summer Olympics in Tokyo have been postponed and should be rescheduled no later than the summer of 2021.

    A meeting was held between the President of the International Olympic Committee, the Prime Minister of Japan and others on Tuesday morning, and the determination was made to postpone the games. This is not surprising news, as countries have recently been pulling out.

    Source: Olympic.org

  • LeBron James
    SF, Los Angeles Lakers

    The NBA has shut down all team facilities to players and staff beginning on Friday to mitigate the coronavirus situation.

    There still is no definitive news about whether the current NBA season will commence at any point this year. At this point, things are still up in the air. Stay safe, everyone.

    Source: Shams Charania on Twitter

  • LeBron James
    SF, Los Angeles Lakers

    In an interview with Rachel Nichols on Wednesday, NBA commissioner Adam Silver said that the league is considering three different options to restart the league, including a one-off event for charity.

    Silver added that any option would have to come in consultation with health officials. He also mentioned the "national psyche" and how sports programming could come into play to help out with it. He's exploring the possibility of some players playing a game against each other, possibly as a fund-raiser for charity.

    Source: Rachel Nichols on Twitter

  • LeBron James
    SF, Los Angeles Lakers

    The Lakers will undergo coronavirus testing on Wednesday, following an announcement that four Nets players (Lakers' last opponent) tested positive for the virus.

    Most of the Lakers are still currently in Los Angeles and will self-quarantine for 14 days. This is an understandable precaution considering their exposure to the Nets in the last game. Hopefully, the results come back negative.

    Source: ESPN

  • LeBron James
    SF, Los Angeles Lakers

    According to Adrian Wojnarowski, ex-US surgeon general Vivek Murthy delivered a message to the Board of Governors that left owners hopeful to resume the league before July.

    To be clear, Murthy also explained that he expects the number of cases in the United States to grow in the next 2-3 months. Despite the league owners' optimism, we will all need to wait for an official announcement from the league within the next month or so.

    Source: Adrian Wojnarowski on Twitter

  • LeBron James
    SF, Los Angeles Lakers

    According to Adrian Wojnarowski, during a call with the Board of Governors on Tuesday, the league plans to increase its credit line from $650 million to $1.2 billion.

    The move is expected to increase cash flow over the course of what's believed to be an extended shutdown of the season. With the NBA planning for the worst and hoping for the best, it remains less and less likely that 2019-20 will be able to resume anytime soon.

    Source: Adrian Wojnarowski on Twitter

  • LeBron James
    SF, Los Angeles Lakers

    According to Marc Stein of the New York Times, the NBA has been looking into available G League buildings and practice facilities through the end of August, with hopes of resuming the 2019-20 season.

    A major hurdle for resuming play in the late summer is the lack of open dates at many NBA arenas. As Stein notes in his tweets, there is intrigue from owners to see how the market would react to NBA games in the summer and a Christmas opening day.

    Source: Marc Stein on Twitter