The NBA's Board of Governors are expected to vote on an official return plan in a meeting Thursday, and details regarding that proposal are starting to leak out. While we don't know everything yet, The Athletic's Shams Charania and ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski have revealed quite a bit.
The NBA's 22-team format at Orlando's Disney World would bring the 16 teams currently in a playoff spot, six additional teams, and include a play-in tournament for the eighth seed, sources said. The play-in tournament would work as follows, according to sources: If the ninth seed is more than four games behind the eighth seed, the eighth seed earns the playoff spot; if the ninth seed is four or fewer games behind, then the eighth and ninth seed will enter a play-in tournament that is double-elimination for the eighth seed and single-elimination for ninth.
I would expect that the Sacramento Kings would be included in this 22-team return considering they were just 3.5 games behind the Memphis Grizzlies and the 8-seed when the season was suspended.
Wojnarowski followed up Charania's report and revealed that each of the 22 returning teams would play 8 'regular season' games before the playoffs.
Each of the 22 teams will play eight regular season games in Orlando for seeding purposes for the playoffs, sources tell ESPN.
— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) June 3, 2020
At 28-36, the Kings are currently in a 3-way 9-seed tie with the Portland Trail Blazers and New Orleans Pelicans if you're going strictly off record and disregarding normal regular season tiebreakers.
If Sacramento plans on making a legitimate playoff push, they will have 8 games to finish in the 9th-seed or better. It's not the playoffs, yet, but I'm exciting to watch the Kings play 8 games that really mean something. It's been too long.