The NBA is in a tough spot currently. After suspending the season indefinitely back on March 11th, the league commissioner Adam Silver couldn't offer a timeline for return. First, team owners and governors agreed to go on a 30-day hiatus from games, transactions, and practice. At this point, we're well-beyond the one-month mark, and the same rules apply.
While there's no return for games in sight, at least the NBA has a plan to allow select teams to begin opening practice facilities for limited player workouts. Many saw that as a sign the NBA could be gearing up for a return in the near future -- but the reality is that there's still no targeted return in sight.
Before, the NBA was rumored to be eyeing a late June, early July resumption. Now, however, there are reported 'discussions' about a potential return in the fall, according to ESPN's Brian Windhorst. "They really do believe that they can get the rest of this season in at some point," Windhorst reported on SportsCenter Sunday.
"Here's the bad news: They don't think it's gonna be able to happen any time soon, and they're going to need that additional runway," Windhorst continued. "And so this may be something that doesn't get played out in final until the fall. There's even been discussion about not restarting until the fall. So, a lot of things on the table, but there is some optimism there that's hidden in these latest moves."
Right now, there's a lot of work going into a potential return for the NBA. As the league studies the bubble-city concept and considers possible neutral locations for it, the NBA is mostly focused on obtaining somewhere around 15,000 COVID-19 tests to be available for if/when the league is back in action. If that's not possible by summer or fall, then neither is a return for the 2019-2020 NBA season.
Justin Grasso covers the Philadelphia 76ers for Sports Illustrated. You can follow him on Twitter: @JGrasso_