In a series of tweets Sunday, Adrian Wojnarowski reports that the NBA will soon shut down the G League for the year because of the coronavirus.
Beyond obvious calender issues, the fact G League teams travel on commericial airlines and generally are money-drains for NBA teams make it even harder to move forward for rest of the season. No imminent announcement and G-League teams have been told to stay in town for now. https://t.co/nd1DdGeoV5— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) March 16, 2020
The Nets G League affiliate, the Long Island Nets, have played 42 out of 50, winning 19.
Woj, writing with Malika Andrews, added...
Teams have been told to stay in their respective towns through Monday and the league would provide more guidance to them. The NBA is likely to wait on a formal announcement on the end of the G League season, but teams are operating under a belief they’ve played their final game this season, sources said.
An announcement is expected Monday, according to other sources.
Meanwhile, Woj also reported that the leagues’ board of governors is looking at a mid-June return to action.
Against the backdrop of a global pandemic, NBA owners and executives are bracing for the possibility of mid-to-late June as a best-case scenario for the league’s return, sources told ESPN on Sunday.
Fears exist of a season completely lost, especially based on the slow response of the United States to flatten the curve of the coronavirus and make testing available on a widespread basis. The CDC issued a recommendation on Sunday night that no events or gatherings should include more than 50 people for the next eight weeks.
Woj also noted that the league’s chief financial officer is preparing financial projections on lost revenues under three different scenarios.
The NBA likely will provide projections on three primary scenarios: the financial costs of shutting down the season, restarting with no fans in the arena, or playing playoff games with fans. Those losses will be reflected in next year’s salary cap and the players’ share of basketball-related income.
For now, there’s a working plan that games would return without fans, and teams have been told to search out arena dates well into August for the playoffs,
Woj concluded that there remains a degree of uncertainty that will make any plans extremely difficult.
Shams Charania reported some restrictions are being lifted on players, but they still can’t practice.
- Sources: G League year expected to be cancelled - Adrian Wojnarowski & Malika Andrews - ESPN
- Owners, execs bracing for mid-to-late June as best-case scenario for NBA’s return, sources say - Adrian Wojnarowski - ESPN