The NBA is expected to take the next steps towards a resumption of play by June 1.
According to ESPNAdrian Wojnarowski and Zach Lowe, the teams are awaiting directives from the league office that would allow franchises to begin recalling players who have left their market, as well as to extend the training already underway with athletes on the market.
Wojnarowski and Lowe also report that NBA owners and NBPA alumni believe Commissioner Adam Silver will give the go-ahead to return to play in June, with games set to resume before the end of July. The NBA and the players’ association are scheduled to have a meeting to discuss the logistics of returning to play.
the ESPN reporters plan to resume league includes initial two-week recall of players back to market for quarantine, one to two weeks of individual exercise and two to three weeks of formal training camp .
The NBA allowed organizations to reopen their training facilities on May 8, with many cautious guidelines aimed at preventing the spread of the new coronavirus. The Associated Press then stated that players should wear face masks inside the facility, except when training, and that any personnel present should wear face masks and gloves.
Only one player was allowed in the facilities at a time, and all strength and conditioning activities were prohibited if they required players and staff to be within 12 feet of each other.
The NBA paved the way for other leagues when it suspended operations on March 11 after Utah jazz center Rudy Gobert tested positive for COVID-19.