The NBA is planning to have its Board of Governors vote on the format for a return to play next Thursday, June 4, reports Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN (Twitter link).
The hope is that the vote will be a formality, with the NBA’s team owners expected to approve whatever format commissioner Adam Silver recommends for the resumption of the season in Orlando. Teams expect Silver’s proposal to include approximately 20-22 clubs, with the teams at the bottom of the standing left out, according to Wojnarowski, Ramona Shelburne, and Zach Lowe (Twitter link).
Once Silver’s plan gets the go-ahead, the league can move on to working out more specific details on its next steps, including likely rescheduling the draft and free agency.
Earlier this week, there was some speculation that today’s Board of Governors conference call might result in a finalized plan for the NBA’s return, but the league wanted to take a few more days to weigh its options and discuss details with teams and players.
Still, there have been a number of positive updates this week, including today’s report from The Athletic suggesting that the NBA is eyeing July 31 as its target date to resume play. That report also indicated that four potential formats were discussed during today’s conference call. We relayed a few additional details on those proposals this afternoon.