Following the NBA owners’ approval of the league’s proposed 22-team return-to-play plan on Thursday, the NBPA has also moved to approve the format, according to Shams Charania of The Athletic.
Charania, who quotes sources, listed several details of the call in his report. You could see them below:
– A plan to play 2-to-3 exhibition games before regular season
– 1,600 maximum people on campus
– Coronavirus testing every day; minimum seven days of quarantine for a player who tests positive
– Players and family must stay inside the bubble; families can enter after the first round
– If a player contracts the virus, the NBA says they plan to continue playing
– The NBPA told players 2020-21 season starting on Dec. 1 is “unlikely” and plans to negotiate the date
– NBPA will conduct coronavirus testing every night, likely mouth swabs/light nasal swabs and not the full invasive nasal swab
– Minimum seven days quarantine for a player if positive.
– There could be crowd noise via NBA 2K video game sounds, but the NBA and NBPA is still discussing creative opportunities
– Players are expected to return to full paychecks this summer, after taking a 25 percent reduction in May
– Family limit for NBA players in Orlando: Three people, with some exceptions.
– There is a proposed 35-person travel party limit
– There is an expected three-hour practice window for teams, with two courts and weight rooms in the convention center
The Voting Was Unanimous
Per the report, all 28 player representatives voted in favor of the 22-team format on Friday. It’s now expected that NBA basketball will resume on July 31 at the Walt Disney World resort in Orlando, Florida. The league has been inactive since Utah Jazz center Rudy Gobert tested positive for COVID-19 on March 11.