The end of the basketball drought is (possibly) in sight — with NBA commissioner Adam Silver targeting a July 31 return to the 2020 season.
The league notified team owners about the goal date on Friday … in hopes to finally continue action after suspending the season on March 11.
It’s a bit of good news for NBA fans, but one big question that still remains — will the Association skip straight to the playoffs, or will it allow teams to earn their spots in the postseason?
According to Shams Charania, the league is considering 4 possible scenarios …
Option 1 — Go straight to the playoffs with the 16 teams that are currently at the top of each conference
Option 2 — Allow the top 20 teams to compete in group/stage play
Option 3 — Have 22 teams continue the season and have a play-in tournament to determine final seeding
Option 4 — Bring all 30 teams back and have a 72-game season with play-in tourney
Of course, most NBA players (like LeBron James) want the season to come back … but Blazers superstar Dame Lillard recently said he won’t play if Portland doesn’t have a “real shot” at earning a postseason berth.
Bottom line — this is a step in the right direction for folks who want the NBA back.