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NBA Players Association agrees with 22-team format to restart 2019-20 season

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Oh my gosh, NBA fans. The NBA is reallllllly close to returning!

On Friday, the NBA Players Association agreed to resume play, with a 22-team format, to finish out the 2019-20 season, which was postponed back on March 11 due to the coronavirus pandemic.

“The Board of Player Representatives of the National Basketball Players Association (NBPA) has approved further negotiations with the NBA on a 22-team return to play scenario to restart the 2019-20 NBA season. Various details remain to be negotiated and the acceptance of the scenario would still require that all parties reach agreement on all issues relevant to resuming play,” the NBPA said in a statement.

The season is projected to restart July 31.

An agreement between the league and Commissioner Adam Silver is expected to be formalized next week, the league said.

Plans are for teams to play the remainder of the games at ESPN’S Wide World of Sports facility in Orlando, Florida.