October 12 last possible date for NBA Finals game in proposed return

Ross Houston
June 3, 2020

In the timeline shared with teams, October 12 is the last possible date for an NBA Finals Game 7, Wojnarowski reported.

The NBA - with its 2019-20 season on hiatus since mid-March due to the COVID-19 pandemic - will reportedly vote on a proposal with a target date set for the absolute last day of the season and playoffs.

Three-fourths of the 30 teams must vote in favor for the plan to be approved.

ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski and Zach Lowe reported that Bennett "delivered an impassioned soliloquy" on why the league and team owners need to consider the financial and competitive implications of how a season restart will affect small-market teams.

Wojnarowski notes in a follow-up tweet that the league is still working through details on its return-to-play plan with the NBPA.

The proposed model would run through October 12th for a potential Game 7 of The Finals on October 12th. Oklahoma City Thunder are now in fifth place and only one game back of the fourth seed but just 1.5 in front of the seventh seed.

While the Thunder now sit fifth in the Western Conference, other markets that can be categorized as small include current non-playoff teams such as the New Orleans Pelicans, Sacramento Kings, and San Antonio Spurs.

"The message was something bigger, reminding people that some teams can't just re-open the doors in nine of 10 months and so easily sell tickets or a sponsorship without having played basketball for that long", an Eastern Conference official said.

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