NBA teams are expecting the league to issue guidelines around June 1 that will allow them to recall players who have been out-of-market during the coronavirus hiatus, as well as begin expanding workouts in preparation for a return to play, sources told ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski and Zach Lowe.
The league is reportedly discussing a plan that includes an initial two-week recall of players for a period of quarantine, one-to-two weeks of individual workouts at team facilities, and a two-to-three-week formal training camp.
Many insiders believe games will resume sometime before the end of July. The NBA is reportedly focusing on Orlando/Disney World as a playing site.
It was reported May 12 that NBA commissioner Adam Silver was aiming to make a decision about resuming the 2019-20 season within two-to-four weeks.
The news raises questions for the Toronto Raptors, who are subject to Canadian federal guidelines requiring anyone arriving from another country to self-isolate for 14 days. Meanwhile, NBA players such as Luka Doncic were reported to have returned to Europe during the league’s hiatus, and the U.S. would require those players to quarantine when they came back.
However, Silver indicated that commissioners of North America’s four major sports leagues expect some assistance from the Trump administration and state governors in helping players return to the country, according to Wojnarowski and Lowe.