NBA Rumors: League Eyeing Mid-July Start, More Guidelines Coming June 1


May 20, 2020

Been waiting for some good news from the NBA? Well, you might be in luck.

Teams expect the league office will issue additional guidelines around the resumption of the 2019-20 season June 1, according to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski and Zach Lowe. Teams also expect they’ll be allowed to expand workouts with in-market players around June 1, as well.

So, what might the reopening of the NBA look like? A report from The Athletic’s Shams Charania and Sam Amick on Wednesday delved into some of the details.

The most popular idea, according to multiple sources, is having player training underway by mid-June with the prospect of resuming the season a month later in mid-July. No official dates have been set, however.

Both Las Vegas and Walt Disney World in Orlando remain at the top of the league’s list of locations to finish the season. The Athletic reports Houston also had been strongly considered, but notes Orlando “is on track to win its bid so long as final details regarding testing and hotel use are resolved.”

In fact, Disney reportedly already has started reworking hotel spaces to help house the NBA, sources tell Yahoo! Sports’ Keith Smith. There’s also been a bit of work done to the Wide World of Sports Complex in anticipation of hosting the league.

This certainly is a glimmer of hope for NBA fans longing to see play resume after two long months. And, hopefully, June 1 brings even more.

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