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Report: Some NBA teams want to report straight to potential game sites

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Some NBA teams based in markets with tight COVID-19 restrictions are asking the league whether players can bypass returning to those cities and report directly to any potential campus environment to start training camp, sources told ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski.

Executives from the Brooklyn Nets, Boston Celtics, New York Knicks, and Toronto Raptors reportedly voiced concerns about the matter on an NBA conference call Thursday.

An example of the teams' concerns is Raptors point guard Kyle Lowry, who wants to avoid quarantining for two weeks upon his return to Toronto after working out at home in Philadelphia, according to Wojnarowski.

The NBA is widely reported to be considering Disney properties near Orlando for a "campus" environment where the 2019-20 season can be completed without fans. Some teams have considered setting up temporary training camps at interim stops prior to arriving in Florida, sources told Wojnarowski.

Twenty-one of 30 NBA practice facilities have opened to limited participant workouts in the last two weeks, but one unidentified general manager told Wojnarowski that some players aren't interested in the current setup.

"The novelty of being back in the facility, and how limited it is, has worn off on guys," they said. "Our guys are telling the others: Stay away. Keep playing in the high school gym you're using."

If the season does resume, it's still not known whether the regular season would be completed, or if the league would go straight into a playoff tournament.

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