NBA commissioner Adam Silver is planning to propose a 22-team return to the 2019-20 season in a Board of Governors meeting on Thursday with the draft lottery and combine expected to be in August. The season would go from July 31st to October 12th.

The NBA’s 22-team format Orlando’s Disney World would bring the 16 teams currently in a playoff spot, six additional teams, and include a play-in tournament for the eighth seed. The play-in tournament would work as follows, according to sources: If the ninth seed is more than four games behind the eighth seed, the eighth seed earns the playoff spot; if the ninth seed is four or fewer games behind, then the eighth and ninth seed will enter a play-in tournament that is double-elimination for the eighth seed and single-elimination for ninth. ESPN first reported the league was working on 22-team models.

Among several other medical protocols expected to be proposed in the coming days, according to sources:

— Players unable to shower in the arena, would need to do so in their respective hotels
— Bench players would sit in spread-out rows, inactive players would sit in the stands
— No guests until the playoffs

So the NBA‘s inviting 22 teams to Orlando: 13 Western Conference, 9 Eastern Conference. Eight-regular season games per team. Play-in for the 8th seeds. July 31-October 12.

East: Milwaukee, Toronto, Boston, Miami, Indiana, Philly, Brooklyn, Orlando, and Washington

West: Lakers, Clippers, Denver, Utah, OKC, Houston, Dallas, Memphis, Portland, New Orleans, Sacramento, San Antonio & Phoenix.

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