Report: NBA teams expect permission to recall players, expand workouts in June


NBA commissioner Adam Silver speaks at a news conference. (Jeff Chiu/AP)

The NBA is expected to take the next steps toward a resumption of play by June 1.

According to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski and Zach Lowe, teams are expecting guidelines from the league office that would allow franchises to start recalling players who have left their markets, as well as expand workouts that are already underway with in-market athletes.

Wojnarowski and Lowe also report that NBA owners and NBPA elders believe commissioner Adam Silver will give the green light on a return to play in June, with games resuming before the end of July. The NBA and the players’ association are expected to have a meeting to discuss the logistics of a return to play.

The ESPN reporters add that the league’s resumption plan includes the initial two-week recall of players back into marketplaces for a quarantine period, one to two weeks of individual workouts and two to three weeks of formal training camp.

The NBA allowed organizations to re-open their training facilities on May 8, with many cautious guidelines aimed at preventing the spread of the novel coronavirus. The Associated Press reported then that players would have to wear face masks inside facilities except when working out, and that any staff members present would have to wear face masks and gloves.

Only one player has been allowed in facilities at a time, and any strength and conditioning activities were prohibited if they require players and staff to be within 12 feet of each other.

The NBA led the way for other leagues when it suspended activities on March 11, after Utah Jazz centre Rudy Gobert tested positive for COVID-19.

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