Bucks Owner: Western, Eastern Conferences 'Probably' Hosted in Vegas, OrlandoMay 21, 2020
Milwaukee Bucks co-owner Marc Lasry indicated the NBA's plan to restart the 2019-20 season "will probably be two sites."
Lasry said Thursday on CNBC (via the Boston Globe's Adam Himmelsbach) that Las Vegas would serve as a hub in the Western half of the United States and Orlando, Florida, would be the Eastern equivalent.
NBA Commissioner Adam Silver held a call with representatives for the National Basketball Players Association earlier this month, according to ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski. He told players to expect to play in one or two cities if the season resumes.
"There's no point in adding risk for flying all of you city to city if there's not going to be fans," Silver said. "We think it would be safer to be in a single location, or two locations, to start."
Vegas and Orlando have both emerged as candidates because they have the requisite venues and accommodations. The league would be able to stage multiple games at once or in close proximity, as well as tightly monitor its essential personnel away from the court.
The Athletic's Shams Charania and Sam Amick reported Wednesday that Orlando's Walt Disney World Resort "has gained clear momentum over cities such as Las Vegas." They added that "it appears likely" Orlando would be the sole base of operations.
Wojnarowski and Zach Lowe reported those around the NBA are expecting Silver to approve the league's return in June, with on-court action resuming by late July.