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National Basketball Association targets July 31 restart

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Report The NBA is targeting July 31 as date for its return to play	
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The league hasn't played a game since mid-March.

No decisions have been made on a format for that return, with the league still considering bringing back all 30 teams to finish the regular season in some form.

If the season does resume, the remaining games (including the playoffs) could be played at one location to minimize travel and maximize the safety and health of players, team employees and everyone else involved.

The league is expected to complete the 2019-20 season at a single location with Walt Disney World in Orlando, Florida as the expected location.

ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski reports that Silver and the NBPA will continue talking about details for a return-to-play proposal, adding that Silver will likely have to ask owners to support a plan that he believes makes the best sense in the near future.

- Teams who were in a play-off position or within six games of the No. 8 seed when play was suspended on March 11 would participate. The league permitted teams to open their practice facilities beginning May 8, while working with teams that were still under stay-at-home orders.

Regardless of how the season comes to an end, it appears the conclusion will include the New Orleans Pelicans.

Possibilities included the resumption of the regular season with all 30 teams in play; a 22-team format with a short slate of games and a play-in tournament before the playoffs and a 20-team format with World Cup-style group states. Since then the league has taken a cautious approach toward resuming the season. National Basketball Association players have repeatedly expressed that they don't want to immediately enter the playoffs, and want regular-season games to ease back into the stress of a season, according to Shelburne.

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