The NBA is planning a Thursday vote of the league’s board of governors, with owners expected to approve commissioner Adam Silver’s recommendation on a format to restart the season in Orlando, Florida, sources tell ESPN.
The NBA has been examining several plans for a return to play, but numerous members of the board of governors tell ESPN that there’s growing support for a plan to bring 22 teams to Disney’s ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex in July. The idea would be to invite all teams that are within six games of a playoff spot: besides Blazers, Pelicans, Kings and Spurs that were already considered for a 20-teams format, this addition would bring the NBA to invite the Washington Wizards and the Phoenix Suns.
This format likely would include regular-season and play-in games to compete for playoff berths in both the Eastern and Western Conferences, sources said. NBA needs a three-fourths majority of owners to approve a return-to-play plan, and an overwhelming majority of owners reportedly expressed a desire to do precisely that.