In the midst of the coronavirus pandemic, NBA thinking and planning have progressed on the idea regardless of the resumption and completion of the 2019-20 season, sources said.
On Friday, the NBA board of governors voted to postpone two Chicago events – the draw and the draw. The league has yet to vote to delay the NBA draft on June 25, but it is increasingly believed that it is only a matter of time, sources said.
For the NBA, the crux of the idea of delaying the start of next season is focused on saving more time to get fans back into the arenas for the most possible games next season, sources said.
There are no imminent plans to make a decision on the schedule, and this discussion will continue, sources said.
As uncertainty surrounding the pandemic continues, the NBA anticipates a number of potential barriers to the immediate return of fans to its arenas in the months and year to come.
“If you start in December, that doesn’t mean people will come back in December, but maybe they will be back by March,” a member of the board of governors told ESPN on Friday.
If this season resumes and ends in September – even October – the postponement of the 2020-2021 season is inevitable.
The discussions centered on a season that would start before Christmas and continue until the end of July / beginning of August. The NBA draft and free agency would follow the end of the season.