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Report: NBA pushes back original plan to reopen team practice facilities for voluntary individual workouts

After originally planning to allow players to work out at team practice facilities on Friday, May 1, NBA pushes decision back to May 8.
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Portland Trail Blazers guard CJ McCollum, right, shoots the ball over Denver Nuggets forward Mason Plumlee in the second half of Game 7 of their Western Conference semifinals series in Denver on Sunday, May 12, 2019.

CLEVELAND — The NBA changed its mind. After originally planning to allow teams to reopen practice facilities for voluntary individual workouts on Friday, May 1, the NBA has now opted to delay that restart date amid the latest developments in the COVID-19 crisis.

According to Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN, the NBA has pushed back its plan to allow players to reenter team facilities by a week.

In his latest report, Wojnarowski points to the NBA looking to reopen team facilities on May 8. 

The NBA is still prohibiting organized team activities or group workouts due to the coronavirus pandemic. The reopening of team facilities would be specifically for voluntary individual workouts.

According to the ESPN report, the NBA had viewed the Atlanta Hawks as a team that could possibly reopen its facilities early due to the state of Georgia loosening stay-at-home orders and allowing public gymnasiums and 24-hour workout facilities to open. However, the Hawks made it clear they wanted to wait until gaining a better understanding on restrictions and rulings.

Reports indicated that NBA players were reaching out to their respective team's asking if they could travel to Georgia to begin preparations for possibly restarting the season.

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Houston Rockets head coach J.B. Bickerstaff argues with an official in the second half of an NBA basketball game against the Atlanta Hawks, Saturday, March 19, 2016, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/John Bazemore)

The Cleveland Cavaliers still have 17 regular season games to play in the 2019-2020 campaign. By now, the NBA Playoffs were already scheduled to start. 

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