Pelicans vice chairman David Griffin mentioned Saturday that the NBA is intent on resuming its 2019-20 season, which was suspended this month due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak.
Griffin instructed Pelicans reporter Jen Hale that there isn’t any manner of figuring out when or how a resumption may occur, however he sounded satisfied that the league needs to get again to enjoying.
“Everything is in such a state of flux that I think it would be premature for the NBA to say that they have any idea what it ultimately looks like,” Griffin mentioned in a video interview on the staff’s web site.
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“I do know unequivocally from all of the different conference calls that the league is holding, the league is very mindful of the idea of getting back to play,” he added. “The thought of canceling a season will not be at all on their mind, and I suppose we’re modeling each doable factor we are able to for the way we are able to ship a product to the followers that, fairly frankly I suppose, we’re all going to want a diversion at some level sooner or later.
“Until we get to some extent the place we are able to proceed to suppose we have got containment on this, I suppose we will keep locked down and hopefully we’ll get to some extent the place we are able to come again sooner moderately than later.”
NBA commissioner Adam Silver suspended play for at least 30 days on March 11 after Jazz middle Rudy Gobert examined constructive for the coronavirus (COVID-19). Nine different gamers, together with Nets ahead Kevin Durant, have examined constructive since then. Two unidentified Lakers gamers and Celtics guard Marcus Smart have been the newest constructive assessments.
Griffin could also be saying that the league would not wish to cancel, and Silver could also be voicing optimism a few return, however the NBA remains to be getting ready for a doable cancellation.
ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski reported Friday that the league shared a memo with groups that claims gamers will likely be paid their full salaries via April 1 however that the league might attempt to recoup wage on April 15 for video games canceled as much as that time, via the “pressure majeure occasion” clause within the league’s collective bargaining settlement.
The league can take again the cash if the occasion prevents the NBA from performing its obligations underneath the CBA. “Epidemic” is likely one of the situations explicitly listed in clause; the World Health Organization has declared the coronavirus outbreak a pandemic.
Players would lose 1.08 p.c of their wage for each sport canceled, in accordance with experiences by Wojnarowski and Bleacher Report’s Ric Bucher. Players might get the a refund if these video games are made up, Wojnarowski famous. The NBA has already accomplished 79 p.c of its regular-season schedule.
The National Basketball Players Association made gamers conscious of this “doomsday provision” final week.