REPORT: NBA Governors to vote on return Thursday, formal dates set

Jamie Hudson
NBC Sports Northwest

As the NBA inches closer to a return to play, there are so many questions still unanswered.

  • When will the season start?

  • Will there be a play-in style tournament to determine the playoffs?

  • Will the NBA go straight to the playoffs?

  • Will they return to play at a single site or two single sites?

  • What will the protocols be?

  • When will the season end?

  • When will next season begin?

This Thursday could be the day we get all or most of those questions answered.

According to ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski, the NBA Board of Governors will meet Thursday to vote on the finalized plan for return. The NBA's proposed timeline as a last possible date for Game 7 of the NBA Finals would be October 12, according to the report.

It was back on Mar. 11 when Utah Jazz big man Rudy Gobert tested positive for COVID-19 and then later that night the news quickly broke that the NBA was suspending the 2019-20 season.

During last Friday's conference call with the NBA Board of Governors, Commissioner Adam Silver reportedly laid out four options to what the NBA could look like once play resumes:

  • 16 teams: Directly to playoffs

  • 20: Group/stage play

  • 22: Games to determine seeding, play-in tournament for final seed(s)

  • 30: 72-game regular season, with play-in tourney

From the sounds of it, it seems the league is leaning more towards the format of 22 teams returning in a play-in type tournament.

We should know a lot more on Thursday. 

Be sure to check out the full Talkin' Blazers Podcast with host NBA Champion Channing Frye and Emmy Award winner Dan Sheldon, and Timbers midfielder Diego Valeri. 

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