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Report: NBA to enter moratorium period, freeze operations [UPDATE]

The NBA is expected to suspend play from March 12 to April 10 and then reassess the situation due to coronavirus outbreak.

NBA commissioner Adam Silver speaks at a press conference during NBA All Star Saturday Night at United Center.  Dennis Wierzbicki-USA TODAY Sports

UPDATE: March 13, 1:23 p.m. — The NBA plans to enter a moratorium period, The Athletic’s Shams Charania reported Friday afternoon.

The NBAPA also sent out an email with a doomsday provision in the CBA that allows players to be be paid a percentage of their salary should the rest of the season be canceled due to coronavirus outbreak.

UPDATE: March 12, 6:24 p.m. — A report from Yahoo Sports’ Vincent Goodwill suggests that the NBA hiatus could be longer than 30 days. Check out the details here.

UPDATE: March 12, 4:08 p.m. — The NBA owners are trying to push commissioner Adam Silver to rethink the suspension of 30 days, per ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski.

UPDATE: March 12, 2:37 p.m. — The NBA has decided to suspend play for 30 days amid the coronavirus outbreak.

The NBA announced Wednesday night that it has suspended play indefinitely following the Thunder-Jazz incident. The rest of the Wednesday evening schedule will finish, but games will be suspended moving forward for an indefinite period.

The game between OKC and Utah was postponed due to medical reasons. We later found out, via a report from The Athletic’s Shams Charania that Rudy Gobert has tested positive for COVID-19, the illness caused by the novel coronavirus.

The League had been mulling over the decision to either go on hiatus or just play games without fans. After the game being postponed on Wednesday night and Gobert testing positive, the League immediately suspended play following the night’s games.