By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher
According to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski, the NBA will have 14 teams eliminated from their 22-team season in Orlando within ’53 days of arriving.’ Teams are expected to report to Orlando, Florida on July 9th to begin their training to resume the league season.
Not all the teams will report to Orlando on July 9th, according to Wojnarowski. The rest of the teams will report on July 10th and 11th.
When the teams report to Orlando, they will be ‘briefly quarantined’ before beginning their training camps. The league is expected to resume on July 30th.
There will be also a week for teams to convert two-way player contracts to regular contracts.
The NBA has been on hold since March due to the coronavirus pandemic thanks to a positive test by Utah Jazz center Rudy Gobert. But as the coronavirus cases have decreased around the country — and sports are beginning to take place once again without fans — many leagues, like the NBA are planning their return to play.
Wojnarowski says that there will only be four teams, who will remain following 67 days when the Conference Finals are expected to be played. The NBA Finals are expected to begin at the end of Sept.
The plan is for the NBA Finals to end in mid-October if there is a Game 7. Then, there will be a break, before the new season is expected to begin on December 1st, 2020.
There will be eight regular season games once the league resumes their schedule in Orlando for those attempting to make the playoffs. Six of those teams will be eliminated within 35 to 40 days.
Wojnarowski believes that the Conference Finals will be completed within 82 days after the league resumes.
This break in the action has allowed teams – who are still playing – to have their players healthy for the restart. Teams will also be able to sign free agent players, like DeMarcus Cousins, Isaiah Thomas, JR Smith, and Jamal Crawford, among others, according to ESPN.
International players are not eligible to be signed. Once the league resumes, teams will be allowed to have 17 players on their rosters, which 15 will be the cut off for the standard NBA contracts and two two-way contracts.
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