In the event that the 2019-20 season resumes, games would be held from mid-June to August — right in the middle of summer. Nothing is carved in stone as of the moment, but some teams are reportedly intrigued by the possibility of summer NBA games and a Christmas opening night.
Per Marc Stein of the New York Times, NBA executives and owners are now looking at G League buildings and practice facilities as possible venues if the NBA season resumes. Per the advice of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, there shall be a postponement of events of 50 plus people for the next two months.
In the event that the games indeed resume from June to August, the following season will likely be moved to December. This option has “intrigued” a certain “pocket of power brokers” in the NBA.
In the strain to find silver linings amid this crisis, there are teams out there eager to see if real NBA games in the summer would be as "hot" as some believe — since there certainly is a pocket of power brokers in the league intrigued by an Opening Night on Christmas calendar
— Marc Stein (@TheSteinLine) March 16, 2020
Los Angeles Lakers veteran forward Jared Dudley was one of the first players who voiced about the possibility of holding the opening night in December. He recalled the 2011 lockout season where the opening night was held on Dec. 25. Instead of 82 games, teams played just 66.
Yup! Make sense under the circumstances.. Wouldn’t be surprised if the following season started on Christmas 2020. Like the lockout a few years ago … https://t.co/fXYHsgZTTr
— Jared Dudley (@JaredDudley619) March 16, 2020
However, the number of games to be played in the 2020-21 season shall be a matter discussed for later. For now, the NBA is weighing their options for the possible resumption of the 2019-20 campaign which was cut to a grinding halt because of the pandemic.
This move is not just an effort to give the season a right closure, but to also lessen the financial and economic repercussions of the coronavirus pandemic to the NBA.