Some light has been shed on how the format of the 2020-21 NBA campaign might look. Clearly, the coronavirus pandemic is not going away anytime soon, and the league is already kicking around bold ideas for next season.
According to a report published by David Aldridge and John Hollinger for The Athletic, it appears that the NBA is looking at the possibility of setting up four separate bubbles:
Meanwhile, there is talk of as many as four bubbles next season, according to sources. Given the league’s current success housing 22 teams at the Wide World of Sports Complex, a return to Disney is a given, as is using Las Vegas, the runner-up to Orlando this year.
The report also states that New York and the Dallas-Forth Worth area have both been identified as the other two potential locations for the multiple-bubble approach for next season. Similar to Orlando and Las Vegas, both New York and Dallas-Fort Worth have the capacity to hold an NBA bubble format, and the league is already exploring both locations as a possibility.