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Pelicans GM David Griffin dismisses notion that season could be canceled

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New Orleans Pelicans executive vice president of basketball operations David Griffin told Jennifer Hale of Fox Sports NOLA that the idea of canceling the season is not at all on the NBA’s mind.

The NBA suspended the season last week after Utah Jazz center Rudy Gobert tested positive for the coronavirus.

So far, there are 14 people within the NBA community — including at least 10 players — known to have tested positive for COVID-19.

Gobert, Jazz shooting guard Donovan Mitchell, Detroit Pistons big man Christian Wood, Brooklyn Nets small forward Kevin Durant, and Boston Celtics combo guard Marcus Smart are the known players which have COVID-19.

There is a belief that NBA owners would love to resume the season in the summer. To recall, the CDC is currently recommending no events with 50 or more people for two months.

Shortening the end of the 2019-20 regular season so the 2020 playoffs can be played in full is said to be under consideration. Canceling the playoffs would cost the NBA even more revenue than they are already losing because of the hiatus.

NBA players can’t train at their faculties anymore after the league shut down those places on Friday. Players are going to have to work out and stay fit at home during this time.

Before play was stopped, the Pelicans had a record of 28-36. They were in 10th place in the Western Conference standings.

Should the NBA season resume, New Orleans will be battling the Portland Trail Blazers and Sacramento Kings for that eighth spot, which is currently held by the Memphis Grizzlies.