National Basketball Association season rescheduled to next month

National Basketball Association season rescheduled to next month

The tentative start date is July 31.

The NBA suspended its season in March after a player on the Utah Jazz preliminarily tested positive for COVID-19. That's five teams from the West and one from the East - based on the formula of teams having to be within six games of a playoff spot.

Each game will determine the seeding for the play-offs.

The players and their organizations will all take up residence, train, and play their matches within the ESPN Wide World of Sports complex located at Disney World. But looming negotiations on a long list of 2020-21 financial and competitive issues will include the league's hopes of starting next season with such a tight turnaround after this season's Finals in October. McCollum claims the team had concerns with the new format and that was reflected in their vote today. The season could go into that month if the league goes ahead with its plan for the same playoff rules as usual, that being every round utilizing a best-of-seven format. If that were to occur, the eighth seed would enter a double-elimination tournament, which would be a more favorable scenario for them, as the ninth seed would be in a single-elimination tournament.

The 2020 NBA Draft lottery will be held on August 25.

The playoffs will hold the same format as normal.

The Minnesota Timberwolves, one of the teams excluded from the NBA's return-to-play plan due to their record, expressed disappointment at not being able to play more games but said they understood and accepted the decision.

The Portland Trail Blazers were the lone club to vote against the NBA's 22-team return-to-play format, citing their preference for a 20-team setup as one of the reasons, sources told Yahoo Sports' Chris Haynes. Collectively, our players want to compete at the highest level and we will unquestionably use this as added motivation as we continue working towards a sustainable culture of winning. "We are looking forward to returning to the court for the 2020-21 National Basketball Association season".

The league has set a tentative target date of December 1 for opening night for 2020-21. The season for the eight teams not in playoff contention, including the Wolves, likely ended in March.

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