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Report: NBA hopeful majority of League will have facilities open by next week

Voluntary workouts opened last week and the NBA is expecting 22 of 30 teams will be practicing.

Commissioner of the NBA, Adam Silver and broadcaster Robin Roberts speak onstage during the TIME 100 Health Summit at Pier 17 on October 17, 2019 in New York City. Photo by Brian Ach/Getty Images for TIME 100 Health Summit

The NBA is hopeful that the majority of its teams will have voluntary workouts at practice facilities open by next Monday, ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski reported on Wednesday. The NBA allowed teams to open practice facilities for individual workouts on May 8 with only a handful of teams participating. Now, almost a week later, the League expects 22 of 30 teams to be practicing with voluntary workouts by May 18.

As you can see, the Miami Heat joined the list of teams practicing with 12 players going in, per Ramona Shelburne. We know that the Portland Trail Blazers and Cleveland Cavaliers have held voluntary practices and it’s expected that many major cities will lift stay-at-home restrictions on May 18, opening the way for more teams to start up.

This report is just another good sign for the NBA, which is hoping to make a final decision on a return in 2-4 weeks, per Shams Charania. If the League decides it will return in that timeframe, another clock would begin with the next marker either the regular season coming back or we go into the postseason. Either way, the League is heading in the right direction for a return.