The NBA is mulling several options besides the proposed potential deadlines for the NBA Draft, free agency, and the start of the 2020-21 season. Most importantly, the league is considering a potential March start for the latter, one that would run all the way to October if there was a tangible solution for the coronavirus that would allow fans in the stands, according to documents acquired by The Morning Consult.
Previously prompted dates are fluid and flexible, as there is no part of the NBA’s collective bargaining agreement preparing the league for a worldwide pandemic. Nevertheless, there have been plenty of options floated around for how the league should handle things after the resumption of the 2019-20 season comes to a close.
In the event that a vaccine or a therapeutic treatment for COVID-19 is found, a March start would allow for an extended break and the potential to play games as customary with each team in its own home arena, hosting crowds as usual.