NBA clubs will be able to recall players who’ve left their local markets on June 1 in the next step towards a league restart, according to reports.
ESPN reported that the next step of the NBA’s plan to re-commence the 2019-20 season will be announced soon, while guidelines are training will be expanded too.
Clubs are only permitted to allow individual training at their facilities, with strict medical and hygienic protocol enforced too.
Numerous players returned to other states or markets at the beginning of the COVID-19 outbreak, while some European players even returned to their homelands, meaning resuming training at their clubs has been barred.
International travel bans leave the European players in limbo, but domestic travel isn’t prohibited in the United States, so clubs will be permitted to recall players to their local markets.
In the United States, there’s been 1.58m confirmed cases and 93,806 deaths due to the coronavirus, with the outbreak slowing but remaining a major issue, preventing any possible NBA resumption.
However, there’s now talk that NBA Commissioner Adam Silver could make a decision in June to restart the league, potentially with action re-commencing in July.
The centralised two-site model, potentially at Orlando’s Disney World and Las Vegas, remains firmly on the table.
The NBA has been suspended due to the coronavirus pandemic since March 11 when Utah Jazz’s Rudy Gobert tested positive.