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  AP source: NBA owners approve 22-team season restart plan ... UPDATE:  NBPA Approves 22-Team Format To Finish Season – National Basketball Players Association representatives approved the NBA’s 22-team format to complete the 2019-2020 season, the NBPA announced Friday. The NBA and NBPA will work through a number of details in the next week on the resumption in Orlando, but sides are ready to move together toward the July 31 season resumption, sources told ESPN. The NBPA player leadership was informed of a plan to keep 1,600 people in the Orlando bubble at any given time, sources said. Players’ families, likely three members at a time, would be allowed to join players in Orlando after the first-round of the playoffs. In a statement, the NBPA said: “The Board of Player Representatives of the National Basketball Players Association (NBPA) has approved further negotiations with the NBA on a 22-team return to play scenario to restart the 2019-20 NBA season. Various details remain to be negotiated and the acceptance of the scenario would still require that all parties reach agreement on all issues relevant to resuming play.” As expected, NBPA executive director Michele Roberts informed the union’s members that the starting dates for next season — along with a myriad of items — will be part of the negotiations with the NBA in coming weeks, sources told ESPN. (Adrian Wojnarowski/NBA Insider)

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