There may be optimism yet for the NBA to return this summer.
According to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski, NBA Commissioner Adam Silver met with the Board of Governors on Tuesday and attendees left the meeting “feeling positive about momentum” toward the NBA returning to play this season.
The discussion reportedly included how the league and players will need to get comfortable that a player who tests positive would not result in the resumed league shutting down.
When Utah Jazz center Rudy Gobert tested positive on March 11, the league suspended the season – becoming the first pro sports league to do so in the U.S.
Donovan Mitchell was the only teammate of Gobert’s to also test positive, although several players on teams that had played the Jazz in recent games also tested positive, including four Brooklyn Nets.
NBA teams have recently started to reopen practice facilities in states that have eased stay-at-home restrictions – which was always seen as a critical first step back.
Previous reports of the NBA salvaging the season have also included the possibility of keeping the teams in one or two cities and playing games in a central location in front of no fans.
Per Wojnarowski, Silver used the term “campus environment” throughout the meeting, and included significant detail on how other leagues and sports across the globe are working toward returning.
Earlier on Tuesday, Wojnarowski had also reported that the NBA Players’ Association were informally polling players whether or not they would want to resume the season.
Chris Haynes of Yahoo Sports added that LeBron James, Stephen Curry and several star players spoke on a conference call and were all in agreement that they would be in favor of restarting the season with proper safety measures in place.