Report: NBA targeting July 31st as a return date for the 2019-20 season

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The NBA had a scheduled call with its Board of Governors today, a board that includes all NBA owners and top executives. The call was centered, of course, a potential return to the 2019-20 NBA season while doing so in the most efficient, and safe way possible in light of COVID-19/coronavirus. Not much was decided in regards to the specifics of a potential return, as the call centered around the results of a GM survey that was sent earlier in the week. However, there was a little more positivity on the resumption of the season given, as NBA Commissioner Adam Silver and other league officials reportedly revealed that July 31st is the targeted date of return for the NBA (reported by Shams Charania of The Athletic).

This follows multiple reports in the past week or two regarding the formation of a concrete plan for a return. That included Walt Disney World Resort in Orlando continuing to be in front of Las Vegas in terms of a potential “bubble” site for the 2019-20 NBA season, and a report that said guidelines for the resumption of the season could be sent out on June 1st with a return in mid-to-late July.

A July 31st return would align with reported dates and timelines that have been rumored in the past few weeks, and would allow for the NBA to have a proper offseason before possibly starting the 2020-21 season around Christmas time. Keep an eye out for Monday’s date of June 1st, as there might be more reports regarding potential guidelines.

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