National Basketball Association reportedly ramping up summer return plans

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Exactly what the league's return might look like is still unclear, although Shams Charania and Sam Amick of The Athletic report that Orlando's Walt Disney World Resort has emerged as the clear frontrunner to host the league's isolated return.

ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski on Wednesday reports that the league office will issue guidelines starting around June 1 that will allow teams to recall players who have left their markets.

Commissioner Adam Silver isn't expected to make any formal announcement as to the league's intentions, but the players seem to be motivated to return to play and, at the very least, the league appears to be seriously considering moving its postseason operations to Orlando.

Players returning to their teams will be among the key first steps for the season to get back on track before the end of July.

Orlando has moved ahead of Las Vegas as the top neutral-site candidate, according to Charania.

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Per ESPN, the NBA's plan calls for a two-week stretch for the return of players to allow for quarantine periods as needed per local regulations, one to two weeks of solo training at team sites and two to three weeks of a full training camp.

The league has made efforts to discuss potential scenarios for finishing out the season, such as finalizing a location and ushering in new safety protocols.

Playing an additional five regular season games would give playoff contenders an opportunity to play for seeding, while lottery teams would also participate.

Last month, Sports Commentator and former Disney Cast Member Keith Smith proposed on Yahoo Sports that the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex in Walt Disney World would be the ideal place for the National Basketball Association to finish the remainder of its 2019-2020 season. If the timeline holds up and games start sometime in July, there's a really good chance that the start of the 2020-21 season will have to be delayed.

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