The basketball world could have an answer as soon as late May to the question of whether the NBA will resume play this season.
League commissioner Adam Silver will decide on the season's status in the next two to four weeks, Shams Charania of The Athletic and Stadium reported late Tuesday. Silver met with the league's Board of Governors earlier in the day, and the feeling coming out of the meeting was increased optimism about the season resuming, sources told ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski.
Wojnarowski reported that the league will review several coronavirus-related factors before before making a decision, including ones involving testing, new cases in states that are reopening for business, and seriously ill patients.
One other factor will be getting league personnel on board with continuing play after there is a positive test. The league has been suspended since March 11, when the Jazz's Rudy Gobert tested positive for COVID-19.
NBA players want to return to action if it's safe enough to do so. The Associated Press reported late Tuesday that an informal poll of players by the players association showed "overwhelming" support for a return in a safe way.
The NBA remains focused on a "bubble" system for housing players and team personnel in the event the season resumes. Teams would play in Las Vegas and Walt Disney World in Central Florida. It's not known how many players would need to be in this environment because, according to Wojnarowski's sources, the league is still deciding whether to jump directly into the playoffs if it decides to play again.
Several teams have been cleared to open their facilities for individual player workouts. Sources told Wojnarowski that the league expects 22 of its 30 facilities to be opened by Monday.