NBA targets May 8 to allow limited workouts in select cities

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The NBA has a plan in place to get its players back to their practice facilities amid the coronavirus pandemic.

The league announced Monday that it's targeting May 8 to allow teams in cities with relaxed stay-at-home orders to re-enter facilities. The potential rule changes would allow teams to make their practice facilities available for use by players for workouts or treatment on a voluntary or individual basis, if the team’s facility is in a city no longer subject to a government restriction.

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"We are going to wait and see what happens in the state over the couple weeks," Hawks president of basketball operations and general manager Travis Schlenk told ESPN. "If there's a positive response, we'll slowly open up. If it's a negative response, we'll make sure our staff and players remain healthy."

The restrictions handed down by the league included: no more than four players would be permitted at a facility at any one time; no head or assistant coaches could participate; group activity remained prohibited, including practices and scrimmages; and players remained prohibited from using non-team facilities such as public health clubs, fitness centers or gyms.

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If government restrictions were to keep a facility unavailable, the league would work with the team to figure out an alternative solution.

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The coronavirus pandemic put a halt on NBA games since March 11, when the league suspended its season until further notice after Utah Jazz center Rudy Gobert tested positive for the virus.