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Report: NBA eyeing potential Christmas start for 2020-21 season

There is talk that the league will return in July with a September finish, giving teams a few months before the next season would start.

A detail shot of the basketball during the game between the Golden State Warriors and the Detroit Pistons at Chase Center on January 04, 2020 in San Francisco, California.  Photo by Lachlan Cunningham/Getty Images

The NBA is looking at a potential start date of Christmas Day, The Athletic’s Shams Charania reported in a roundtable on Monday. The League is looking at starting the return process in late June, with play coming back in July and the season wrapping up some time in September, per Shams.

There was also talk of the two locations for a possible return: Disney World and Las Vegas. The NBA is considering both but needs to put the right protocol into place. That will be tested with the NBA opening up practice facilities on May 8. It’s ultimately up to the cities and teams, but some will be reopening practices for individual workouts. Protocol is in place to make sure the facilities are as safe as possible. Whether that will work is still to be seen. If that goes well, the NBA will likely start to look at plans to return. Whether it’s in the regular season or playoffs is still up in the air.