On Thursday, the NBA took another step toward figuring out the best way to return to action.
Commissioner Adam Silver held a conference call with the league's general managers to review a survey that was delivered to teams last week. In the survey, GMs voted on potential formats to resume play.
Kevin O'Connor of The Ringer reports about 75 percent of GMs were in favor of a play-in tournament between bubble teams rather than a World Cup-style group stage. Front-running teams such as the Los Angeles Lakers and Milwaukee Bucks favored the play-in tourney as it would give them a far easier path to the NBA Finals.
More from O'Connor:
General managers were surveyed about a 'playoffs-plus' format-either a play-in tournament between the bubble teams to determine the final seeds in the playoffs, or a World Cup–style group stage, which would replace the end of the regular season and the first round of the playoffs with a round-robin format. About 75 percent of teams voted in favor of a play-in tournament, sources said, while 25 percent of teams voted in favor of the group stage.
Although many GMs are in favor of the play-in tournament, that doesn't mean the league will go in that direction.
"Adam [Silver] isn't taking the results seriously," a team executive told O'Connor. "Every team is obviously gonna vote for what's best for them."
Still, it's a noteworthy development and one that could not only impact how the NBA proceeds with its 2019-20 campaign, but also how it approaches future playoff formats.
For more details from O'Connor, check out his full article here.
NBA Rumors: GMs in favor of play-in tournament when season resumes originally appeared on NBC Sports Boston