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Report: NBA owners fear league could be suspended for at least three months

NBA owners fear that the league’s best-case scenario may be a mid-to-late June return, ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski reported Sunday.

Earlier in the day, the Centers for Disease Control recommended that the United States avoid gatherings of more than 50 people for the next two months in order to slow the spread of coronavirus. 

NBA commissioner Adam Silver announced on Thursday that the league would be suspended for at least 30 days.

Without a clear timetable, the NBA plans to provide owners with  financial projections for three scenarios, according to Wojnarowski. Those include cancelling the rest of the season, resuming play without fans in attendance, and playing playoff games in front of fans. The league is preparing for the possibility of playoffs extending into August.

In the meantime, The Athletic’s Shams Charania reported Sunday, players will be able to travel out of their teams’ home cities as soon as Sunday. However, they  must consult their teams first. Once out of market, players will be required to stay at home practice social distancing.

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Oklahoma City Thunder fans leave lafter an NBA basketball game between the Oklahoma City Thunder and the Utah Jazz was postponed at Chesapeake Energy Arena in Oklahoma City, Wednesday, March 11, 2020. [Bryan Terry/The Oklahoman]

Oklahoma City Thunder fans leave lafter an NBA basketball game between the Oklahoma City Thunder and the Utah Jazz was postponed at Chesapeake Energy Arena in Oklahoma City, Wednesday, March 11, 2020. [Bryan Terry/The Oklahoman]

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