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NBA facilities to reopen where allowed

There may be some activity allowed for Cavs players come May 1.

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Per ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski, NBA facilities in states where stay-at-home orders are being walked back will be allowed to host voluntary individual workouts as early as next week. Per Woj, team workouts and organized team activities will be banned.

For the Cavs, this would mean that some players might come back to the area after leaving when the season was halted due to the coronavirus pandemic. Collin Sexton, for instance, has been working out at home back in his native Georgia and Tristan Thompson is in Los Angeles. Others, such as Kevin Love and Cedi Osman, have remained in the greater Cleveland area. If players are allowed to come back to workout at the Cavs’ practice facility as opposed to a home gym with no basketball court, perhaps they will come back.

Monday will be a telling day for this in Ohio, as Gov, Mike DeWine has said he’ll announce the state’s plan to reopen the state’s economy on that day. It’s expected that DeWine’s plan will involve loosening restrictions on Friday, May 1. What guidelines Ohio puts in place will indicate if Cleveland players can go back to the team’s facilities on or around that date.

From a basketball standpoint, it’d be good to get guys back in the area and working even if the Cavs are out of the playoff picture and won’t have much to compete for when the season gets back. But if the season is going to resume, players being able to workout at team facilities the first step towards that happening.