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National Basketball Association season restart plan seems to gain serious momentum

NBA expects to expand workouts by June 1 out of market players return	
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Cary Erickson | 23 May, 2020, 00:55

As for potential venues to resume the season, Sam Amick and Shams Charania of The Athletic report that Walt Disney World in Orlando is the "clear front-runner" to host the remainder of the 2019-20 season. ESPN says a two-site format is still an option, with Las Vegas in the mix.

As part of the NBA's plan to return to action, players being recalled from other cities and countries would be quarantined.

Silver, the commissioner who has had to deal with a series of turbulent matters from the strained China relationship in the preseason, to the deaths of David Stern and Kobe Bryant in January, and now a pandemic that will nearly certainly affect the league's financial health for the next several years - is listening to any and all ideas. The same approximate time frame is when clubs are expected to be able to boost training from the current socially distanced structure.

Teams expect a similar timeline from the league on when they'll be allowed to expand individual workouts already underway with in-market players to include more team personnel, sources said. If everything is done correctly, then the league could resume by as early as July. It remains to be seen if all 30 teams will be brought back, if additional regular season matches will be held, and what the playoffs will look like.

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There is also the possibility teams outside the top eight receive an opportunity to compete for a playoff spot.

If a positive test would "shut us down, we probably shouldn't go down this path", Silver said, per ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski.

Last month, Sports Commentator and former Disney Cast Member Keith Smith proposed on Yahoo Sports that the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex in Walt Disney World would be the flawless place for the National Basketball Association to finish the remainder of its 2019-2020 season.

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