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Atlanta Hawks' Trae Young (11) drives against Cleveland Cavaliers' Collin Sexton (2) in the second half of an NBA basketball game, Wednesday, Feb. 12, 2020, in Cleveland. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)

NEW YORK (CBS46) – The National Basketball Association is targeting July 31 for a return to play after being shut down due to the coronavirus, according to a report from The Athletic.

NBA Commissioner Adam Silver told the Board of Governors the target date late Friday afternoon. According to Shams Charania of The Athletic, the NBA and Board of Governors also discussed multiple competition scenarios for the league once it’s ready to return.

The Atlanta Hawks are near the bottom of the NBA’s Eastern Conference standings, one game ahead of the Cleveland Cavaliers. The NBA hasn’t given an indication of when the currently delayed NBA Draft might take place or when the 2020-2021 season may begin.

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