The National Basketball Association plans to allow as many as 17 players per team when the season restarts at the end of next month, US media reported yesterday.
The total will include 15 players with standard contracts and two others per team that are under two-way deals.
The NBA has been shutdown since March 11 due to the new coronavirus pandemic.
Twenty-two of the NBA's 30 teams are scheduled to resume the season at the end of next month at the Disney Resort sports complex in Orlando, Florida.
The date of the restart is July 31, but ESPN reported that the latest plan was to moved it up to July 30.
Under the revised schedule 14 of the teams will be eliminated within 53 days of arriving in Florida. Only four teams will remain after 67 days, ESPN said.
The league expects the NBA finals to begin by September 30.
Once the playoffs start, teams can replace any player who tests positive for the coronavirus with a substitute player. The new player would be subject to a minimum seven-day quarantine period.
The league is planning to begin training camps July 9-11. The players will quarantine before beginning formal training camps.
The eight NBA teams left out of the Orlando action are allowed to waive or sign players during a transaction window in late June.
Meanwhile, NFL stars Tom Brady, Dak Prescott and Drew Brees and NBA coaches Steve Kerr and Gregg Popovich were among more than 1,400 people from America's largest sports leagues who supported an end to qualified police immunity.
The Players Coalition submitted the letter to US lawmakers supporting passage of the Amash-Pressley bill, which seeks to make it easier to sue police officers for brutality, among other things.
The bill would close what has been seen as a loophole allowing police and government officials to avoid civil suits in federal court.
Major League Baseball stars Giancarlo Stanton and Matt Kemp, retired star pitcher C.C. Sabathia, NFL receiver Odell Beckham Jr., NFL safety Justin Simmons and NBA guard J.J. Redick were also among the players, coaches and executives who signed the letter to the US Congress.
The athlete support comes in the wake of the police killing of George Floyd and the global protests that followed.
"We are tired of conversations around police accountability that go nowhere and we have engaged in too many 'listening sessions' where we discuss whether there is a problem of police violence in this country," the letter from athletes said.
"There is a problem. The world witnessed it when Officer Chauvin murdered George Floyd and the world is watching it now, as officers deploy enormous force on peaceful protestors like those who were standing outside of the White House last week.
"The time for debate about the unchecked authority of the police is over -- it is now time for change."
The Coalition traces its origins to 2016 when five NFL players spoke to US lawmakers about racial inequality and criminal justice reform.*AFP
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