Updates on Spurs Resuming Play in Late July


UPDATE: Friday June 5, 2020 update: the NBA Players Association voted to approve the plan the NBA put forward on Thursday.

As expected, the NBA Board of Governors approved the 22-team modified season resumption plan Thursday with a 29-1 vote, according to reporting from ESPN, the Athletic, and the New York Times.

The Spurs will be one of those 22 teams participating in the return to play in late July. You can see details of the resumed season plan here.

Some new updates have also trickled out.

Training camps will begin June 30 and on July 7, teams will travel to Orlando, where the games will take place. The season will officially resume on July 31.

Which 8 seeding games will the Spurs play?

Here’s what the NBA says: Each returning team would play eight seeding games, as selected from its remaining regular-season matchups.

The teams the Spurs had left to play for the remainder of their season that will be in Orlando are: Denver (twice), Memphis, New Orleans (three times), Utah (twice), Sacramento (twice), Houston (twice), Philadelphia, and Indiana.

So based on what the NBA says, the Spurs’ next 8 games should have those stated opponents involved, though we don’t know the order of the games yet.

How will the 8th seed be decided? 

This comes from the official NBA statement: The season restart would begin with eight “seeding games” for each returning team and include the possibility of a play-in tournament for the eighth and final playoff seed in each conference depending on combined records across regular-season games and seeding games.

The NBA will likely have to clarify this a bit more, since after 8 seeding games, not all teams participating for the 8th seed will have played the same total number of games.

For example, Memphis will have played 73 games and Portland 74 when all is said and done. The Spurs will have only played 71 total games. Winning percentage might instead be used.

The NBA draft lottery is scheduled for August 25. For the first time in a long time, the Spurs might be part of the lottery process if they’re not able to secure the 8th seed within their next 8 games or by winning the play-in tournament.

How will the draft lottery order work?

This is what the NBA says: The 14 NBA Lottery teams would be the eight teams that do not participate in the restart and the six teams that participate in the restart but do not qualify for the playoffs.  These teams would be seeded in the lottery and assigned odds based on their records through games of March 11.  The 16 playoff teams would draft in inverse order of their combined records across regular-season games and seeding games.

For the Spurs, they’re basically locked into 11th in the draft lottery order UNLESS they’re able to claim the 8th seed out West.

The NBA Draft will now be held October 15, which would be three days after the last final date for an NBA Finals game on October 12.

After the draft, free agency will begin on October 18.

Some tentative dates have also been set for next season, with November 10 being when training camps begin for the 2020-2021 season and the start date is looking like December 1.

We’ll continue updating this page with the latest updates on the NBA’s return.




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