NBA’s Board Of Governors Approves 22-Team Return-To-Play Plan

The NBA’s Board of Governors has formally approved the league’s 22-team plan to resume the 2019/20 season, sources tell Shams Charania of The Athletic (Twitter link).

Team owners voted 29-to-1 in favor of commissioner Adam Silver‘s proposal, per ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski (Twitter link). The Trail Blazers were the lone dissenting vote, tweets Charania.

The plan will reportedly see 22 teams return to action beginning on July 31 with an eight-game regular season schedule to finish the season. From there, the No. 8 seed in each conference may be decided via play-in tournaments and the postseason would follow, ending no later than October 12. All games are expected to be played at Walt Disney World in Florida near Orlando, at the ESPN Wide World of Sports complex.

The Hornets, Bulls, Knicks, Pistons, Hawks, Cavaliers, Timberwolves, and Warriors won’t be part of the NBA’s restart — their seasons are over.

We covered the NBA’s plan – based on what we know so far – in greater detail right here, so be sure to check out that breakdown for much more info.

While approval from the NBA’s Board of Governors is a major step, there are still details to sort out between the league and the National Basketball Players Association. The NBPA has a virtual meeting scheduled for Friday to discuss the plan, as we relayed earlier today.

Based on reports in recent weeks, it sounds as if Silver and the NBA have been in constant contact with NBPA president Chris Paul and the players’ union and have kept their concerns in mind as they developed their plan. As such, there’s an expectation that negotiations between the two sides on specific details related to player salaries, coronavirus testing, and other important issues shouldn’t get too contentious.

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18 thoughts on “NBA’s Board Of Governors Approves 22-Team Return-To-Play Plan

  1. mlbnyyfan

    They should just have a playoff schedule only. Luckily I don’t get to see my Knicks until next season.

  2. mlbnyyfan

    Nice I should of read the article completely. LoL. Are they even having a playoff to pacify LeBron or Giannis? MLB didn’t have a WS in 94

    • Afk711

      Imagine being so salty you have to comment this everywhere. 1994 destroyed MLB for a while. Sorry they want to crown a champ. It could easily be a team like the Clippers or Raptors. Its not a guarantee its Lebron or Giannis.

    • x%sure

      mlbnyyfan said Lebron & Giannis are the only people who want a playoff. This is dumb, many people want that.

  3. RootedInOakland

    Make it a perfect 2 week schedule so that all the fantasy holdouts can have a wacky but fun ending to this year, thanks Adam

  4. Afk711

    Shouldn’t be starting 8 weeks from now. Orlando can start sports right now if they wanted to. No reason to not start training within 2 weeks and games by early July.

    • DynamiteAdams

      Maybe it’s to let the nation “cool off” for a month but I agree any more delays just compresses the season

  5. mlbnyyfan

    Let’s hope it’s not LeBron. Hopefully an underdog team like the Mavs shock the world and win.

    • El Don

      @mlbnyyfan
      Man you gotta stop been salty, the point that LBJ refused to come to NYC makes him a better & more respectable person, I mean who in their right mind would go there? So stop hating LBJ & enjoy while he is still playing, I bet you rather Jordan, which clearly shows hoops ain’t your thing!

      • wagner13

        Or maybe he just wants someone new to win. Nothing wrong with a nice underdog story

  6. mlbnyyfan

    I’m just tired of the Knicks being the worst team. So Yes I’m Salty that my team can’t convince anyone to come. I also think it’s time for someone else to win. Nothing wrong with hoping great players want to come play in MSG. Winning a title for LBJ in NY would of meant more than joining a Super team in Miami. Much like if KD stayed in OKC and won would of meant so much more to the city and the fans.

  7. wagner13

    Any idea why Portland rejected the proposal? They should consider themselves lucky to even be involved in the first place, given they can’t keep themselves above .500

    • Luke Adams

      We address that in a subsequent story — they apparently preferred a 20-team format and a slightly different format for determining lottery odds. I’m guessing they also knew there weren’t going to be seven other teams voting against the plan, so their “no” was more symbolic than anything.

      • x%sure

        I think they were good & mad, or at least Lillard was. It would not take much influence… Blazers would be much more of a favorite in the 20-team pool format.

        I am mystified how Cleveland is not mentioned among the unhappy and I am inclined to blame the stroke. Gilbert probably said to Silver, *I’ll leave to you*

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