Five Key Stories: 3/22/20 – 3/28/20

If you missed any of this past week’s biggest headlines from around the NBA, we’ve got you covered with our Week in Review. Here are some of the most noteworthy stories from the last seven days:

The coronavirus continues to dominate headlines as the NBA’s hiatus stretched past its second full week. The biggest development was the International Olympic Committee’s decision to postpone the Tokyo Olympics until 2021. The move may affect the availability of NBA players, depending how the current season is resolved.

A tragic story surrounded Timberwolves center Karl-Anthony Towns, who announced that his mother is in a medically induced coma with COVID-19, while his father has also contracted the virus. Towns shared his mother’s story in a YouTube video as a way to promote the need for proper precautions.

Jazz stars Rudy Gobert and Donovan Mitchell, the first two players in the NBA to test positive for the coronavirus, have both been cleared after a two-week self-isolation. The Utah Department of Health confirmed that they are no longer carrying the virus.

Christian Wood is also fully recovered after registering a negative test result on Wednesday. He is the only Pistons player known to have been affected by the virus.

ESPN analyst Doris Burke revealed that she also contracted COVID-19. She began feeling the effects of the virus after working at a game March 11, the final night of play before the hiatus began.

Here are 10 more noteworthy headlines from around the basketball world this week:

  • The top basketball league in Italy abandoned plans to resume play this season. No champion will be selected and the focus will shift to starting next season on time.
  • The Korean Basketball League, which has been suspended since the end of February, also called off the remainder of its season. The Chinese Basketball Association pushed back its planned resumption to May after originally setting a target date of April 15.
  • The NBA’s top-earning executives will have their salaries cut by 20% for the duration of the coronavirus crisis. The move will affect approximately 100 league employees.
  • The Sixers called off a plan to reduce salaries by 20% for full-time employees who earn more than $50K per year.
  • Las Vegas, the primary host for NBA Summer League games, is being considered as a possible site to complete the season. Under the scenario, no fans would be admitted to the games.
  • Dayton’s Obi Toppin declared for the draft this week. He is considered a definite lottery pick with a chance to go in the top five.
  • Iowa State’s Tyrese Haliburton, another potential high lottery pick, also announced that he will test the draft waters.
  • There’s little chance that Wizards guard John Wall will play this season, no matter how late it resumes. The team plans to remain cautious with Wall, who is recovering from a torn Achilles.
  • The Knicks seem likely to guarantee Reggie Bullock‘s $4.2MM salary for next season. He has $1MM in guaranteed money if the team lets him go.
  • Clippers owner Steve Ballmer reached an agreement to buy the Forum, eliminating a major obstacle to his plan to build a new arena in Inglewood, California.

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