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Report: NBA eyeing return with 22 teams playing eight regular-season games

Philadelphia 76ers v Golden State Warriors Photo by Lachlan Cunningham/Getty Images

Woj better not be playing games with my heart.

According to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski, the NBA’s Board of Governors could approve a plan Thursday that would allow 22 teams to play in Orlando.

The NBA hasn’t played since March 11.

“So the NBA’s inviting 22 teams to Orlando: 13 Western Conference, 9 Eastern Conference,” Wojnarowski tweeted. “Eight-regular season games per team. Play-in for the 8th seeds. July 31-October 12. Vote tomorrow to ratify. The NBA’s back.”

The Athletic’s Shams Charania explained how the play-in tournament would work.

“If the ninth seed is more than four games behind the eighth seed, the eighth seed earns the playoff spot,” Charania reported. “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.”

Wojnarowski tweeted that teams included in this plan are the New Orleans Pelicans, Portland Trailblazers, Phoenix Suns, Sacramento Kings, San Antonio Spurs, and the Washington Wizards.

Woj reported that teams will train in July at their personal sites and then move training camps to Orlando.