Cavs won’t be invited to participate in NBA restart per reports

Board of governors to vote on plan Thursday

Daryl Ruiter
June 03, 2020 - 12:02 pm

CLEVELAND, Ohio (92.3 The Fan) – The Cavaliers will not be invited to participate in the NBA’s restart at the end of July according to multiple reports from ESPN and The Athletic.

Both publications reported Wednesday that NBA commissioner Adam Silver will propose a 22-team restart for the league beginning July 31 in Orland with the NBA Finals concluding no later than Oct. 12.

A total of 13 teams from the Western Conference and nine Eastern Conference teams will play eight games for playoff seeding purposes.

The current eight playoff slot holders from each conference will also be joined by Washington in the East to give the Wizards, who are 5.5 games behind Orlando, an opportunity to make the playoffs as well Portland, New Orleans and Sacramento – all 3.5 out – as well as San Antonio, who are 4.0 back and Phoenix, who are 6.0 out.

The Cavs showed vast improvement under JB Bickerstaff, who replaced John Beilein. The team was 5-6 under Bickerstaff following Beilein’s resignation.

Cleveland will finish the year with the worst record in the Eastern Conference, 19-46, and the second-worst record in the NBA ahead of 15-50 Golden State.