After suspending its season on March 11 due to coronavirus, the NBA’s board of governors is expected to approve a league proposal to restart the season today. ESPN sources say that 22 teams will be invited to Disney’s sports complex in Orlando, Florida. A conference call and vote is set for today, at 12:30pm ET.
The plan reportedly includes 13 teams from the Western Conference and nine from the Eastern Conference, as well as eight regular season games and a possible play-in for the eight seed in addition to the playoffs.
The top 16 teams are joined by teams within six games of eighth place, meaning New Orleans, Portland, San Antonio, Sacramento, Phoenix, and Washington will still have a chance to qualify for the playoffs. All other teams will see their seasons come to an end.
Teams are expected to start training at team sites in July, before starting full training camps in Orlando later that month. ESPN reports that the NBA plans to have uniform, daily testing for coronavirus within the Disney complex.
Head to ESPN to read the full report and stay tuned for the official decision later today.