The loosest of drop-dead dates on completing the 2020 NBA Finals is Labor Day weekend in early September, per Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN.
The loosest of drop-dead dates on completing the NBA Finals is Labor Day weekend in early September, sources say, which teams say necessitates games starting back up by July 1 — and practice facilities reopening weeks before that.
No one in the NBA wants to be tied to Labor Day weekend, because no one — not the commissioner, not the teams, not the NBPA — wants to limit the possibility of the NBA salvaging something of a season. If the NBA season could start later in July and finish later in September, well, no one is ruling out that idea either.
More and more people in the NBA population have been testing positive for the virus since Gobert tested positive. Jazz shooting guard Donovan Mitchell, Detroit Pistons big man Christian Wood, Brooklyn Nets superstar Kevin Durant and Boston Celtics guard Marcus Smart are the known NBA players who contracted the virus.
NBA owners want to play the 2020 playoffs in its entirety since the postseason is where the league makes most of its money.
If the 2019-20 season does resume, the beginning of the 2020-21 campaign could be in December, similar to how the 2011-12 lockout season began on Christmas.