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Big NBA return questions: What will the playoffs in Orlando look like?

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What the NBA playoffs will look like when the season restarts (3:46)

Scoop Jackson takes a look at what the 2020 NBA playoffs will look like when the season returns. (3:46)

What will the rest of the 2019-20 NBA regular season and playoffs look like? We're tracking the big questions and updates as the league gets ready to return after beginning a suspension due to the coronavirus on March 11.

The NBA's board of governors has approved the league's plan for a 22-team return in Orlando, Florida. The final details of that plan are still coming into focus.

Get the latest from ESPN's insiders and analysts here.

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What's the latest?

ESPN's Brian Windhorst and Tim Bontemps break down what we know and don't know about the NBA's return-to-play plan here, including:

  • How will things look in Orlando?

  • What are the safety and testing procedures?

  • What are the logistics for the regular season, play-in tournament and the lottery?

  • What's next?

How will the regular season and play-in tournaments play out?

ESPN's Kevin Pelton interprets the details and assesses the possible play-in tournaments here.

What about the playoffs?

Pelton also has projections here for each team's championship odds at a neutral site. Here's what the news means from a betting perspective.

What's going on with the league financials?

That's the next big question.

Silver told players that 40% of league revenue comes from money built around game nights in arenas. Without that revenue, there could be a drastic decline in the projected $115 million salary cap and $139 million luxury tax for 2020-21. The initial cap projections were based on an expected $8 billion in basketball-related income (BRI), which is now expected to decrease by at least $1 billion BRI takes into account a wide range of revenue from gate receipts to broadcast rights, and it is split roughly evenly between teams and players.

NBA players are already having 25% of their paychecks for this season withheld to account for the loss in revenue. That money -- and potentially additional pay cuts -- could be returned to teams if the final restart outcome doesn't even out the BRI split.

The league and the players' union will need to make adjustments to the CBA and how the business of basketball operates going forward. ESPN's Bobby Marks breaks down what those negotiations will look like here.

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