Eight NBA teams will not be invited to Lake Buena Vista, Florida for the resumption and conclusion of the 2019-2020 NBA season, which has been suspended since March 11 due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
These eight teams can spend at least nine months without playing competitive NBA basketball with the start of the 2020-21 season which certainly starts late due to the proposed calendar for the 2019-20 season, which has Game 7 of the NBA finals scheduled for October 12th.
With that in mind, ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski has reported that the teams are looking to increase their basketball activity this off season so that their player stays active and stops the tide between seasons.
“Several teams left out of the resumption of this season’s regular season in Orlando have proposed ideas for regional mini-summer championships, training camps and OTAs,” sources told Wojnarowski.
The ideas included voluntary and mandatory training for a two-week period in July, regional mini-fields in August consisting of joint practices and TV games, organized group activities in September and the possibility of starting the training camp 2020-21 from seven to 10 days before the 22 franchises that played in Florida.
The eight teams that will not make the trip are Atlanta Hawks, Cleveland Cavaliers, Charlotte Hornets, Chicago Bulls, Detroit Pistons, New York Knicks, Minnesota Timberwolves and Golden State Warriors.