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Mavericks ‘excited’ by first step toward NBA restart

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The team released a statement Thursday afternoon.

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Basketball is one step closer to returning. Thursday, the NBA’s Board of Governors overwhelmingly voted in favor—there was one dissenting vote—to ratify the league’s plan to resume the season in a single-location at Walt Disney World Resort in Orlando, Florida.

Josh covered the details of the NBA’s plan to bring 22 teams to Disney. The Dallas Mavericks, one of the teams that will be making the trip to the Sunshine State, are delighted that the season is moving forward and could begin as early as July 31.

“We are excited to take another positive step toward the restart of the 2019-20 season,” the Mavericks said in a statement. “The NBA is taking all the appropriate measures, and working tirelessly to provide a safe environment for our team and staff. While there are more decisions to make, the Dallas Mavericks are hopeful to have basketball back soon.”

Next, it’s up to the National Basketball Players Association to sign off on the plan. While there are still many hurdles to clear before games begin again, the NBA’s eventual return is closer and more feasible today than it was yesterday.