Report: NBA Targeting July 31 Return, League Vote Thursday

May 29, 2020, 1:23 PM | Updated: 11:04 pm

SALT LAKE CITY, Utah – The NBA is targeting a return date of July 31 according to Shams Charania of the Athletic. Charania reported that league commissioner Adam Silver and the league office informed teams of the date at Friday’s Board of Governors meeting.

The NBA’s Board of Governors has weekly meetings with Silver regarding updates on the league’s plans. Momentum has shifted in favor of the league’s return over the last several weeks.

“NBA commissioner Adam Silver and the league office informed Board of Governors that July 31 is a target date for return of season,” The tweet read.

The NBA will need to set a date for players to return to their host cities. From there, players can undergo a short quarantine, then return to practice facilities.

Players will have to work their way back into playing shape, then begin team practices. All signs point to the NBA resuming its season at the Disney World Resorts in Orlando. According to The Ringer, the NBA would prefer teams to wait to begin their full team training camps in Orlando.

According to Adrian Wojnarowski, the league’s Board of Governors will vote on whether to restart the NBA season.

“The NBA is planning a Thursday vote of the board of governors,” Wojarnowski tweeted. “With an expectation that owners will approve Adam Silver’s recommendation on a format to re-start the season in Orlando.”

Finishing the Season

League general managers are split on what the return of the NBA season should look like. As a result, four separate plans were reportedly discussed during the call.

One plan consisted of 16 teams returning and beginning immediately with the playoffs. A second plan would welcome 20 teams back to face a group or stage play to set playoff seeding. Meanwhile, a third option would consist of 22 teams with games being played to determine seeding in a play-in tournament. Furthermore, all 30 teams could return to complete a 72 game regular season.

A follow-up tweet from Wojnarowski explained that teams expect “20-to-22 teams to resume the season.”

No concrete plan was expected for the league’s return this weekend. But, teams were hoping to have better guidelines for how to plan for the season’s end.

The July 31 NBA return date is the strongest sign yet of the league’s pending return.

This article will be updated continuously.

  • Utah Jazz Scoreboard

  • Utah Jazz Team Leaders

  • Utah Jazz Standings

Utah Jazz

Utah Jazz Los Angeles LA Clippers Keyonte George...

Ben Anderson

Fontecchio Shines, George Struggles In Jazz Loss To Timberwolves

The Utah Jazz fell to 1-9 on the road after a 101-90 loss to the Western Conference-leading Minnesota Timberwolves.

9 hours ago


Ben Anderson

Blog: Timberwolves Put Clamps On Shorthanded Jazz

The Minnesota Timberwolves flexed their defensive muscle with a 101-90 win over the Utah Jazz led by 32 points from Karl-Anthony Towns.

10 hours ago


Kyle Ireland

Jazz Guard Talen Horton-Tucker Hits Spin Move Against Timberwolves

Jazz guard Talen Horton-Tucker pulled off a spin move before knocking down a shot during Utah's game against the Minnesota Timberwolves.

10 hours ago


Kyle Ireland

Collin Sexton Bursts For Fast Break Bucket During Jazz-Wolves Game

Jazz guard Collin Sexton flew down the court for a fast break bucket during the second half of Utah's game against the Timberwolves.

10 hours ago


Kyle Ireland

Jazz Center Walker Kessler Dunks On, Blocks Shots By T-Wolves

Jazz center Walker Kessler followed up a slam dunk by rejecting a shot attempt by the home team during Utah's game against the Timberwolves.

11 hours ago


Kyle Ireland

Keyonte George Fakes Pass, Hits Shot Over Rudy Gobert During Jazz-Wolves Game

Jazz rookie Keyonte George faked a pass before knocking down a shot over former Jazzman Rudy Gobert during Utah's game against the Wolves.

12 hours ago

Sponsored Articles


KSL Sports

Jazz Notes Newsletter: Sign Up Now

Sign up today for the Jazz Notes newsletter. Get insider analysis, game recaps and opportunities to win tickets!

3 kids wearing real salt lake jerseys smiling...

Real Salt Lake

6 Reasons You Need to Experience a RSL Matchday

RSL Games are a great way to spend time with your family with fun activities, good food, and traditions you can only experience at the field.

High angle view of the beautiful Rose Bowl Stadium...

KSL Digital Sales

How to Prepare for the 2023 Rose Bowl

Everything you need to know to plan your 2023 Rose Bowl trip in Pasadena, California. This year, the Utes will face Penn State.


KSL Digital Sales

Notable Moments From The Utah Jazz Season… So Far

At the beginning of the season, the Utah Jazz were second to last. Now they rank in the top 10 teams in the Western Conference.

Football soccer ball on grass field on stadium...

KSL Digital Sales

Everything You Need to Know to Watch the 2022 World Cup

Find out where and when to watch the upcoming games and final match for the 2022 World Cup in Qatar, including where to find live updates.


KSL Sports

KSL Sports Newsletter: Sign Up Now

Sign up today for the KSL Sports newsletter. Get the latest Utah sports news delivered to your inbox.

Report: NBA Targeting July 31 Return, League Vote Thursday