The Dallas Mavericks have not played in a game since March 11. That could all be coming to end as the NBA appears to be finalizing plans on resuming the season.
The Dallas Mavericks defeated the Denver Nuggets on March 11. It was battle of two playoff-bound teams that took a wild midgame turn. The NBA announced that it was suspending the season after Rudy Gobert tested positive for the novel coronavirus. Dallas won the game, but uncertainty followed.
The NBA has been working on a way to finish out the 2019-2020 season. They want to crown a champion, but doing it safely is the top priority.
Information on the league’s return has been scarce until Wednesday afternoon. Let us take a look at the latest.
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Shams Charania broke this news in the early afternoon on May 20.
Commissioner Adam Silver has talked about the teams returning in one campus-style location. There is still no word if all 30 teams will be taking part, or if it will just be playoff teams.
I expected every team to be involved in at least a few games. Teams getting to 70 games is important for their television contract. The NBA is motivated to fulfill those obligations.
Woj on players returning
Adrian Wojnarowski would not be outdone. He tweeted the following shortly after Sham’s news.
June 1 is less than two weeks away, so basketball could be back sooner than fans thought. There will be a training camp 2.0 of sorts. Expect them to take multiple weeks to ramp up. The games could begin at some point in July, though.
Fans can breathe a collective sigh of relief. It looks like basketball will be back this summer. The NBA playoffs are going to take place.
The Dallas Mavericks need that valuable experience. Do not count them. They can compete with anyone. Stay tuned for more updates as they become available.