The NBA officially has a plan for returning to play, with 22 teams involved and heading to Orlando sometime between July 7 and 9. Given the COVID-19 pandemic however, it seems that plans have been set in place to ensure the safety of the players and continuation of the season. Per Kevin O’ Connor of The Ringer, it seems that players will quarantine for 36 hours after they get to their hotel rooms.
“The exact dates and times are still to be determined, but all teams are tentatively scheduled to arrive between July 7 and 9. Upon arrival, all team members will be tested and then could be quarantined in their rooms for 36 hours. Daily testing will follow the quarantine period. The league is exploring the use of a saliva mouth swab to replace the uncomfortable deep-nasal swab often used for coronavirus.”
Theoretically, teams would begin testing players for the coronavirus on June 23, likely every other day. Teams would then undergo a two-week training camp before beginning the season. It should also be noted that not all players will arrive at the same time, as the arrivals will be strategically staggered.