It seems the NBA is leaning towards not bringing all 30 teams for season resumption, but, at the same time, the league wants to have as many as possible big names involved. Sports analyst Chris Broussard has previously said a play-in tournament would be used to give players like Zion Williamson and Damian Lillard a chance to make it to the playoffs.
Brian Windhorst of ESPN confirmed the reports. “One of the things I’ve been hearing as I talk to people in the league is [the idea that] the league is going to set up this playoff plan to make sure Zion Williamson is involved,” he said on ESPN’s Get up.
The New Orleans Pelicans (28-36) are currently sitting in 10th place in the Western Conference, with the Portland Trail Blazers (29-37) separating them from the 8th-seeded Memphis Grizzlies (32-33)
Rookie sensation Williamson made his NBA debut late in the season after tearing his meniscus on October 13, 2019, during the preseason. After coming back on January 22, 2020, he has played 19 games and is averaging 23.6 points, 6.8 rebounds and 2.2 assists per game.