Even as other leagues look to resume play for their respective sports this year, the NBA is looking towards the future.

According to ESPN NBA Insider Adrian Wojnarowski, NBA commissioner Adam Silver, along with the NBA board of governors are discussing delaying the start of next season until December of 2020.

There is still no plan in place for the remainder of the 2019-2020 regular season and if it will be played. The league is also still discussing what the possible postseason may look like, along with where the games would be played.

Wojnarowski reports that the delayed start for next NBA season is based on the following Woj report:

“For the NBA, the crux of the idea to delay the start of next season centers on the ability to buy more time to get fans back into arenas for the most possible games, sources said.”

The report also cites concerns from the board of governors as it pertains to NBA fans returning to the arenas:

“If you start in December, that doesn’t mean the people are coming back in December, but maybe they’re back by March,” one member of the board of governors told ESPN on Friday.

If this season resumes and is completed sometime in September — or even October — the delay of the 2020-21 season is inevitable.

 

Latest NBA Title Odds:

Despite not knowing when basketball will return, several online sportsbooks still have updated odds for the remainder of the season.

DraftKings and FanDuel Sportsbook are offering Futures for the NBA Champion, while BetMGM continues to take bets for both the NBA Championship as well as the Eastern & Western Conference Finals. You can find their latest odds below.

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