While we are beginning to roll out content on the 2020 NBA Draft and free agency, we also realize that the 2019-20 NBA season hasn’t officially ended yet.
To that end, you may have read that the NBA is considering continuing the season and the playoffs in a “bubble city,” Perhaps a place like Las Vegas could hold all games while players are otherwise effectively quarantined.
Ultimately, according to ESPN’s Ohm Youngmisuk, Silver is in no rush to make a decision. In fact, there is still too much uncertainty on what the future holds. Ultimately, healthcare professionals like doctors, nurses and technicians need sufficient equipment and safeguards in place before players can start playing.
To me, it’s just a matter of time before the NBA cancels the season, given that coronavirus outbreaks in the United States are at different stages. And furthermore, some states could open before others, which could affect the “curve” the United States is in.
It appears that the NBA is thinking ahead about the possibility of the season being called off. On April 17, the league and the NBPA agreed to cut all players’ pay by 25 percent starting with their May 15 pay checks, according to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski. This will also help prevent the NBA salary cap from dropping by a very large amount, though it’s difficult to say where the cap will be next season.
It may not be until June when the NBA decides to officially cancel games for the current season.
I know, we are still holding on to some hope that the 2019-20 NBA season can continue at some point. However, there are also many immediate things to worry about first, including defeating COVID-19.