Also, the NBA still has to reach a formal agreement with The Walt Disney Company to use Walt Disney World Resort near Orlando as the site/campus for the season’s restart, which would involve games, practices and housing for the remainder of the season.
The 22 teams included in the Orlando plan includes all 16 teams who were in playoff contention at the time of the season’s suspension, as well as six teams who are within six games of a playoff spot, which includes five teams in the Western Conference (Portland, New Orleans, Sacramento, San Antonio and Phoenix) and one in the Eastern Conference (Washington).
Though dates are tentative as of now, the target date to resume the season is July 31, the league announced, and the 2020 NBA Draft Lottery would be held Aug. 25, with the draft held Oct. 15 and the 2020-21 regular season beginning Dec. 1. According to ESPN, free agency is scheduled to start Oct. 18, and training camp for the 2020-21 season is scheduled to start Nov. 10.
The season’s restart will consist of eight “seeding games” for the returning 22 teams, with a possible play-in tournament for the eight seed in both conferences. After that, the playoffs would proceed as normal, with four rounds of a best-of-seven series, and the NBA Finals would end no later than Oct. 12.