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Report: NBA targeting July 31 as date to return

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The return of the 2019-20 NBA season is getting closer. As discussions over countless details and possibilities for how play will resume continue, Adam Silver and the league office have informed the Board of Governors that July 31 is the target date for the return of the season.

The Athletic’s Shams Charania reported the update.

The NBA is considering various options for how to return to play. In terms of the location, the league is in talks with Walt Disney World Resort in Orlando to host the league at a single, private site.

We may see a scenario where the league jumps straight to the playoffs and ignores conferences by adopting an overall 1-16 seeding approach to organize matchups. There could even be a play-in tournament to determine the final seeds, or a World Cup-inspired group stage, where groups would be created based on a tier system for teams that would keep the competition as balanced as possible.

If you want to learn more about the group stage idea and why it could work well, check out Liberty Ballers’ Daniel Olinger’s case for it here.

In the meantime, while we continue waiting for updates on exactly what an NBA return could look like, other activities are starting to get underway. The Philadelphia 76ers have now reopened their practice facility, making it available for players for voluntary, individual workouts.