Instead, all the franchise's attention will now turn to the NBA Draft Lottery - a date has yet to be set for that - and the hiring of a coach by new president Leon Rose.
The NBA's Board of Governors has a 12:30 p.m. ET call on Thursday with the intention of approving the league's plan for a 22-team return in Orlando, sources told ESPN on Wednesday.
It is expected players will be regularly tested for the virus and will enter quarantine should they prove to be positive for Covid-19.
Incorporating the six extra teams would allow the National Basketball Association to capitalize on the enormous popularity of Pelicans rookie Zion Williamson and showcase other stars such as Damian Lillard and Bradley Beal, who would have been left at home if only the top 16 teams were included.
As Charania details, the 22-team format would bring back the 16 current playoff teams, along with six additional clubs who are within six games of a postseason spot (the Trail Blazers, Pelicans, Kings, Spurs, Suns, and Wizards). The plan also includes a play-in tournament, which will rope in six more teams than just the 16 who are now in the playoff race. There will then be a play-in tournament for the eighth seeds.
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Every one of the remaining 92 Premier League games will be broadcast live across Sky Sports , BT Sport, BBC Sport or Amazon Prime. The leaders could clinch the title with victory in their first game back should second-placed Manchester City lose to Arsenal.
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There is room for maneuvering in the economic negotiations, but no commitment on what areas to delve into. As part of its proposal Tuesday, MLB reportedly offered to share more postseason revenue with players.
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He added that should this or any other vaccine prove to be a success, it would most likely be delivered via a risk-based approach. The results of the first phase of clinical trials in Melbourne and Brisbane are expected to be known in July, Novavax said.
On Tuesday, Wojnarowski tweeted that the league wants clubs back on courts for meaningful action on July 31 and that the last game of the NBA Finals could be scheduled for October 12.
The league is expected to propose a number of medical protocols that will be in place at its campus in Orlando.
The Athletic reported players will need to shower in their hotels, bench players would sit in spread-out rows and there will be no guests in attendance until at least the playoffs.
The Pistons had the fifth-worst record when the league paused the season nearly three months ago.