Report: CP3, NBA superstars united in hopes of resuming season
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Oklahoma City Thunder guard Chris Paul and some of the NBA's biggest superstars united in support of resuming the 2019-20 season during a private conference call Monday, sources told Yahoo Sports' Chris Haynes.
Paul, who also serves as president of the NBPA, arranged the call, which reportedly included LeBron James, Anthony Davis, Kevin Durant, Giannis Antetokounmpo, Kawhi Leonard, Stephen Curry, Damian Lillard, and Russell Westbrook.
At the conclusion of the conversation, all the players agreed to take the court with proper safety measures once the NBA is able to begin play, reports Haynes.
The NBPA reportedly began informally polling players Tuesday about whether or not the season should continue.
"(Executive director) Michele (Roberts) asked for me to reach out and ask the simple confidential question: 'Do you want the season to start again?'" NBPA regional rep Tim McCormick wrote in a group text to players, according to ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski.
The NBA and NBPA are forming a working group, which includes Paul, Westbrook, Jayson Tatum, Kyle Lowry, and Dwight Powell to discuss return-to-play strategies, sources told The Athletic's Shams Charania.
The NBPA also sent a memo to agents stating that players and the NBA both want to finish the 2019-20 season and informed the representatives of the players working on the new joint committee, reports Charania.
NBA commissioner Adam Silver held a conference call with players Friday that reportedly outlined what the resumption of the 2019-20 campaign could look like and raised the possibility of playing next season without fans if a coronavirus vaccine remains unavailable.