New Delhi: The NBA is planning to restart its season in Orlando at the end of July. Following this, it has set the schedule for the beginning of the next season.
Owners approved the plan to restarting the season with a 29-1 vote, and the plan under which they will do it deviates significantly from NBA norms.
The 22 remaining teams will finish the season at a single site at Disney World, and for the first time in NBA history, the league will have a play-in format for the final playoff seeds in each conference.
The biggest changes, though, come in terms of the schedule. After so many months off, the league has had to adjust not only the game schedule for this season, but its offseason and 2020-21 timelines as well.
Based on the NBA’s health guidelines obtained by CBS Sports as well as reporting from The Athletic’s Shams Charania and ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski, below is the tentative schedule of key NBA dates for the rest of 2020.
July 1: Mandatory individual workouts begin
July 1: Hard deadline for players to decide not to play at Disney
July 7: Nets, Nuggets, Magic, Suns, Jazz and Wizards travel to Orlando
July 8: Celtics, Mavericks, Clippers, Grizzlies, Heat, Pelicans, Thunder and Kings travel to Orlando
July 9: Rockets, Pacers, Lakers, Bucks, 76ers, Trail Blazers, Spurs and Raptors travel to Orlando
July 9-21: Team training camps
July 22-29: Inter-squad scrimmages.
July 30: Beginning of restarted 2019-20 season
Aug. 15-16: Play-in tournament
Aug. 17: Beginning of Round 1 of postseason
Aug. 25: NBA Draft Lottery
Aug. 30: Player guests arrive in Orlando
Aug. 31: Beginning of Round 2 of postseason
Sep. 15: Beginning of conference finals
Sep. 30: Beginning of NBA Finals
Oct. 12: Game 7 of the NBA Finals (if necessary)
Oct. 16: NBA Draft
Oct. 18: Start of free agency
Nov. 10: Training camps for 2020-21 season begin
Dec. 1: Opening night for 2020-21 season
On the other hand, sixteen NBA players tested positive for COVID-19.
The 16 positive tests were out of 302 players tested on June 23. The league did not disclose the identities of the players.