NBA approves plan to finish season in Orlando

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Philadelphia 76ers’ Joel Embiid plays during an NBA basketball game against the Detroit Pistons, Wednesday, March 11, 2020, in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)

Reporting from the Associated Press has been incorporated into this report.

The NBA board of governors approved a plan that will send 22 teams to Orlando, Florida, to finish the 2019-20 season.

ESPN, The Athletic, and Stadium reported the news Thursday – among other reports:

According to reports Wednesday, the NBA is set to resume play on July 31. The NBA finals could wrap up at the latest on October 12.

According to a report by the Associated Press, teams will play eight games to determine playoff seeding before postseason play begins. The cutoff being that teams must be within six games of a playoff spot at this point. This means the Philadelphia 76ers have clinched a playoff spot with only eight regular-season games remaining.

The teams who will be on the outside looking in are: Charlotte, Chicago, Atlanta, Detroit, New York, Cleveland, Minnesota and Golden State. These are the eight teams that now know their seasons are over.

You can read more details on the plan here.

Wojnarowski reports the NBA draft will take place on October 15.

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