Here is what has happened over the last couple of weeks in the NBA:DECEMBER 17New rumors have emerged concerning the NBA’s continued efforts to make a “bubble” campus iteration of its G League a reality for the 2020-21 season. The location for such an event has yet to be finalized. While Adam Zagoria of Forbes says that the bubble may not happen in Atlanta for logistical reasons, Dave McMenamin of ESPN says Atlanta remains the front-runner, but Orlando is also a candidate to host. Read more here.DECEMBER 16Marc Stein of the New York Times reports some changes the NBA is allowing for this season. Among them, the league will allow teams to have 15 players in uniform each night, up from the previous limit of 13. Read more here.DECEMBER 14Veteran forward Noah Vonleh tested positive for COVID-19 and will be waived by the Bulls, reports Chris Haynes of Yahoo Sports. Teams won’t announce which of their players test positive for the coronavirus this season, but Vonleh confirmed his diagnosis to Haynes. Read more here.The Magic will allow approximately 4,000 physical-distanced fans for regular-season games, the team announced in a press release. Initially, there will be fewer people in the stands at Amway Center. Preseason games will only be open to family members of the Magic organization during an evaluation phase, while the first five regular-season home games are expected to be under the 4,000-fan limit in order to allow them to get accustomed to the health and safety protocols. Priority will be given to season ticket holders, followed by fans who made a season ticket deposit. Read more here.DECEMBER 12An emotional Karl-Anthony Towns did not walk out for pregame introductions on Saturday as he appeared to reflect upon all the tragedy that he has dealt with this year. Towns’ mother died of COVID-19. He recently shared that seven of his family members died of COVID-19. Read more here.DECEMBER 10The NBA and the National Basketball Players Association announced Thursday that eight new players returned positive tests for the coronavirus since their last update on Dec. 2. Read more here.LeBron James says the idea of not having fans at games is an idea he's still not on board with. "It’ll never be something that’s comfortable, something I can be accustomed to or something that will feel regular," LeBron said. "When I first started playing organized sports, [fans] were there. It’s all a part of it. The fans are a part of this game." While the NBA has expressed optimism that fans will be able to attend games once a vaccine is available, there's no clear timeline when that will actually happen. So for the time being, NBA games will continue to be played in empty arenas except in a few cases, as the Utah Jazz, Memphis Grizzlies and Orlando Magic have plans to allow fans at home games. Read more here.Multiple vaccines for COVID-19 are in the final stages of getting approved and in order to prepare, the NBA is reportedly creating specific policy that will help the distribution of the vaccine around the league go as smoothly as possible. Sources told ESPN that Adam Silver and his staff have been communicating with "teams, players, and agents" while developing vaccine protocol, hoping to help everyone feel informed and confident when the time to take the vaccine finally comes. Silver is considering creating "an educational program for players and staff about vaccine choices, possible side effects and efficacy with the intent to put players at ease so they are willing to receive the vaccine." Read more here.DECEMBER 9The Dallas Mavericks and other NBA teams will likely open the season later this month with few or no fans inside their arenas, and Mark Cuban has tried to shed some light on the financial impact that will have. During an appearance on 96.7 The Ticket this week, Cuban spoke about the ongoing obstacles created by the coronavirus pandemic. He said the Mavericks are sure to lose more than $100 million with the restrictions in place. Read more here.Kings big man Marvin Bagley III contracted the novel coronavirus COVID-19 in Arizona ahead of Sacramento’s training camp and as a consequence was unable to participate in individual workouts, according to Sean Cunningham of ABC10 Sacramento. Read more here.Houston Rockets guard James Harden won't be participating in his team's first two preseason games and won't be cleared to practice until Monday at the earliest. ESPN's Tim MacMahon reported on Wednesday that Harden will be required to test negative for COVID-19 for six consecutive days before he's cleared to return to team activities. The 31-year-old recently violated NBA coronavirus-related protocols when he attended parties and social gatherings in Atlanta and Las Vegas without wearing a face covering. Read more here.DECEMBER 8For the first time, the Golden State Warriors will be playing games without fans in attendance. You might recall that the Warriors had the worst record in the NBA last season and did not qualify for the Orlando resumption, where teams played fan-less games. Steve Kerr spoke with the media on Tuesday and said it would be “weird” playing without fans. He acknowledged how much the Warriors get energy from their fans. Read more here.DECEMBER 7Rockets star James Harden missed the team’s first group practice on Sunday due to not having cleared the NBA’s COVID-19 protocols, writes Tim MacMahon of ESPN. Read more here.According to a report from Ben Stinar of Forbes, the Lakers have sent home their players who don’t have guaranteed contracts as a coronavirus precaution in order to limit the number of people on the court during training camp. The exact details here are a little unclear. The Lakers reportedly agreed to Exhibit 10 deals with undrafted rookies Zavier Simpson, Tres Tinkle and Kevon Harris, but those signings haven’t been announced by the team and haven’t shown up in the league’s public transactions log, so it’s possible they simply won’t be officially finalized. Read more here.With costs in mind, the league reportedly is distributing $30 million to each of its 30 teams to help them manage "continued pandemic-related costs and missed revenue," according to Brendan Coffey and Scott Soshnick of Yahoo Sports. The NBA sold $900 million in notes in a private placement to institutional investors and is expected to distribute the money before the season begins on Dec. 22, Coffey and Soshnick add. Read more here.The Golden State Warriors took part in their first practice on Monday ahead of the 2020-21 NBA season, which is slated to start in about two weeks. They were also without two big-name players for reasons head coach Steve Kerr would not discuss. In talking to the media from San Francisco on Monday, Kerr noted that James Wiseman and Draymond Green were absent from practice. This comes on the heels of Kerr reporting two unnamed Warriors players had tested positive for COVID-19 last week. Read more here.The Portland Trail Blazers confirmed on Sunday that they were temporarily closing their practice facility after three people associated with the team tested positive for COVID-19. According to the Associated Press (h/t ESPN), coach Terry Stotts confirmed on Monday that one of those positive results came from a player. Stotts did not reveal the player's identity. Read more here.DECEMBER 6New Thunder head coach Mark Daigneault has indicated that two Oklahoma City players did not practice on Sunday due to positive COVID-19 test results, according to Joe Mussatto of The Oklahoman. The identity of those players was not divulged by Daigneault, in keeping with NBA guidelines surrounding coronavirus testing. Read more here.Sixers rookie Tyrese Maxey has been held out of training camp after testing positive for the novel coronavirus COVID-19, per Derek Bodner of The Athletic. Read more here.The Kings have discovered two positive COVID-19 tests among their players, according to head coach Luke Walton, per Jason Anderson of the Sacramento Bee. Jason Jones of The Athletic reports that, in accordance with NBA protocols surrounding this information, Walton would not divulge the names of the players afflicted with the virus. Read more here.DECEMBER 5As the beginning of the 2020-21 NBA season approaches, the Magic and Spurs are the latest teams with plans to host fans inside their arenas. They each announced fans will be allowed in a "limited capacity." Read more here.According to ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski and Tim Bontemps, the NBA has outlined a number of protocols. Among those protocols: Players cannot go to bars, clubs or large indoor gatherings; players and teams can go to restaurants that have been pre-approved by the league while on the road; and players and staffer families will be tested twice weekly. Read more here.Furthermore, ESPN’s Tim Bontemps notes the potential punishment for teams that violate the protocols and whose violations lead to other teams being affected or changes in the schedule. In addition to fines and suspensions, the league says that forfeiture of draft picks or even games could be on the table. Read more here.Several teams plan to opt out of the proposed G League “bubble” campus in Atlanta, per JD Shaw of Hoops Rumors. Read more here.DECEMBER 4The NBA has officially suspended random marijuana testing for the 2020-21 season, tweets Marc Stein of The New York Times. Ben Dowsett first reported on Thursday that the league would continue to forgo those tests after scrapping them for the summer restart in Orlando. The NBA will only conduct “with cause” tests this season, sources tell Dowsett. Although the coronavirus pandemic is being cited as the motivating factor for eliminating random marijuana tests in 2020-21, there’s no guarantee that the program will ever return in its previous form. Read more here.Hornets guard Malik Monk is among the NBA players who recently tested positive for COVID-19, head coach James Borrego said. Monk isn’t currently experiencing coronavirus symptoms but will miss at least several more days of practice. Read more here.Karl-Anthony Towns died in April at the age of 58 after battling COVID-19. Towns’ father also had COVID-19 but has recovered. However, Towns' other family members haven’t been so lucky. Towns says his uncle died recently. He said on Friday that seven family members in total have died from complications due to COVID-19. Read more here.Mike Conley is one of two Jazz players in the COVID-19 protocol, although he’s tested negative for the virus. Read more here.DECEMBER 3The Toronto Raptors are set to begin the NBA season in Tampa as travel restrictions due to the COVID-19 pandemic are keeping the team from being able to be based in Canada. Raptors forward Pascal Siakam says that given the chaotic state of the year, the team has grown accustomed to the uncertainty. The Raptors are in a unique position, as they are the only team in the NBA that will not be playing in their home city, at least for the start of the season. They have not played a game at Scotiabank Arena in over eight months. Read more here.The NBA has its eye on Thursday, March 25 for this season’s trade deadline, according to Shams Charania of The Athletic. Read more here.Due to the compressed 2020-21 season schedule and fears over the impact of COVID-19 on NBA roster availability, the league may boost its active player list tally from 13 players to 15 players this year, per Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN. Read more here.DECEMBER 2The tentative schedule for the NBA’s opening night TNT doubleheader on Dec. 22 will see the Nets host the Warriors, followed by the Lakers and Clippers facing off in Los Angeles, reports Shams Charania of The Athletic. Read more here.The first round of the NBA’s coronavirus testing produced 48 positive results out of 546 tests, per Shams Charania of The Athletic. The initial testing phase was November 24-30. Read more here.Damian Lillard believes that games played in the NBA bubble in Orlando were “way easier” and gave plenty of reasons why. “There was no distractions. We didn’t have to travel after games. We’d just get our recovery in after the games," he said. Read more here.DECEMBER 1The Warriors have delayed the start of their training camp by one day after two players tested positive for COVID-19, president of basketball operations Bob Myers said Tuesday. Rather than beginning individual workouts Tuesday and group workouts on Sunday, those start dates will be pushed to Wednesday and Monday, respectively, per Myers. The Warriors executive didn’t identify the two players who tested positive for the coronavirus. Read more here.Now that the NBA has left its bubble for the 2020-21 campaign, Sixers head coach Doc Rivers is among those worried about whether or not the league will be able to replicate that success, per Tim Bontemps of ESPN. "Man, I tell you I’m very concerned if we can pull this off,” Rivers said, pointing to COVID-19 outbreaks in college football and in the NFL as ominous signs. Read more here.Believe it or not, the new NBA season is nearly upon us, and we now have the tentative schedule for Christmas Day. ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski leaked the schedule. It includes: Pelicans at Heat 12:00 p.m. ET; Warriors at Bucks 2:30 p.m. ET; Nets at Celtics 5:00 p.m. ET; Mavericks at Lakers 8:00 p.m. ET; Clippers at Nuggets 10:30 p.m. ET. Read more here.NOVEMBER 30The Oklahoma City Thunder confirmed on Monday that they will not welcome fans to Chesapeake Energy Arena at the start of the upcoming NBA season due to rising coronavirus cases throughout the region. Read more here.NOVEMBER 28The NBA was strict about players and staff members following health and safety protocols put in place to prevent the spread of COVID-19 at Walt Disney World last season. The same will be true during the 2020-21 campaign, and the league might even be more stern because teams won't be in an isolated bubble environment. According to The Athletic's Shams Charania, the NBA is going to create an anonymous hotline to report violations of the league's health and safety protocols during the season. The same hotline was established in the bubble last season. Read more here.NOVEMBER 27The NBA officially released the full schedule for its 2020 preseason, which will tip off on Friday, Dec. 11. The preseason slate features 49 total games and runs through Saturday, Dec. 19. Every team will play at least one home game and one road game. There are some clubs playing as many as four games, while others just play two or three. Read more here.NOVEMBER 25The NBA and Indiana Pacers have postponed All-Star weekend in Indianapolis, which was originally set to be held from Feb. 12-14, 2021, the league announced in a press release. The events have been rescheduled for Feb. 16-18, 2024, with the All-Star Game scheduled to commence on Feb. 18. Plans for a revised 2021 All-Star weekend will be announced at a later date. Read more here.NOVEMBER 24The Jazz announced a plan to have a limited number of fans in Vivint Arena when the new season starts next month. There will be a reduced seating capacity of 1,500 people in the lower bowl of the building, along with limited seating at the suite level. All seating will be socially distanced, and safety measures have been adopted throughout the arena in conjunction with the Utah Department of Health. No fans will be permitted at preseason games. Read more here.Christian Wood was one of the first documented positive cases for COVID-19 within the NBA. He was said to be asymptomatic at the time, but apparently things didn’t go that smoothly for him. The Ringer’s Yaron Weitzman published a story on Tuesday about Wood. In the story, Wood said that at first he only really had cold symptoms. But then things got bad. "It felt like I had the flu but 100 times worse,” Wood told Weitzman. “For a second, it felt like I was about to die." Read more here.NOVEMBER 23The Milwaukee Bucks became the latest North American sports entity to ban fans from attending games because of the worsening health crisis and rising coronavirus cases throughout the United States. "Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Milwaukee Bucks games at Fiserv Forum for the 2020-21 season will be held without fans until further notice in accordance with state and local guidelines," the Bucks said in a statement released on Monday. "The health and safety of fans, players, coaches, and team and arena staff are the organization’s top priorities." Read more here.NOVEMBER 21According to The Athletic's Shams Charania, the NBA and NBPA have set Dec. 1 as the date players must notify the league if they have intentions to opt out of the season. Read more here.NOVEMBER 20According to The Athletic's Shams Charania, the Toronto Raptors will begin the 2020-21 season in Tampa, Fla., due to Canadian COVID-19 restrictions. The Canadian federal government denied the Raptors' plan to begin the season in Toronto, per the Toronto Star's Doug Smith. This was expected, and the Raptors began their search for a temporary home within the United States a while ago. Read more here.NOVEMBER 18Anthony Davis admitted this week that he and a number of other NBA players were taken aback when notified of the 2020-12 season start date. “I was surprised. I think a lot of guys were surprised,” Davis relayed to Chris Haynes of Yahoo Sports. “We feel like that’s kinda what the league already had in place. It was surprising to us because it’s something that was never talked about. Even Adam [Silver] came out and said it would be very unlikely to start on Christmas.” Read more here.The Warriors‘ proposal to open Chase Center at 50% capacity for the upcoming season has been rejected by San Francisco’s Department of Public Health, according to Trisha Thadani and Ron Kroichick of The San Francisco Chronicle. However, the department displayed a willingness to work with the team to have some fans at home games. Read more here.NOVEMBER 17The league has announced details on the 2020-21 NBA season’s schedule, including a confirmation that there will be a play-in tournament between the No. 7-10 seeds in both conferences for the first time. See the details here.NOVEMBER 14The NBA is targeting December 11-19 for a potential 2020-21 preseason, according to Shams Charania of The Athletic. Teams would have the option of requesting three or four games, with each franchise being required to host at least one contest. The proposed timetable would finish three days before the start of the regular season on December 22. The idea of having a shortened preseason — or no preseason — had caused concern for some players and agents in terms of preventing injuries, with several teams not playing since March. Read more here.NOVEMBER 13With things moving so quickly regarding the start of the next NBA season, teams feel frustrated by the lack of information and clarity they’ve received from the league about how everything will work, writes Tim Bontemps of ESPN. “Nobody knows the rules,” an executive said, “and (the league) is making it up as it goes along.” Read more here.The Toronto Raptors are no closer to hosting in-market games in Canada when the NBA season begins on Dec. 22. Per the Associated Press and ESPN News services, officials such as Canada's Deputy Chief Public Health Officer Dr. Howard Njoo are concerned about the Raptors traveling back and forth between the two nations during the serious health crisis. Read more here. NOVEMBER 11According to The Athletic's Shams Charania, the NBA sent a memo to all teams on Wednesday with details about protocols for eligible markets to host fans. Fans within 30 feet of the court must register a negative coronavirus test two days prior to the game or rapid test on game day. All fans over the age of two must also wear masks at all times. Read more here.NOVEMBER 8The NBA G League is discussing a number of options with its 28 teams for the 2020-21 season, one of which includes playing in a bubble environment, according to Harrison Feigen of SB Nation. Teams were notified that the goal remains to play out a full season, Feigen reports, but exact details of the campaign remain unknown. The bubble environment could also exist in "regional bubbles," rather than the Disney format used to finish the 2019-20 NBA season. Read more here.NOVEMBER 6According to The Athletic's Shams Charania, the National Basketball Players Association has agreed to an NBA plan for the 2020-21 season to start on December 22 featuring a 72-game schedule. Read more here.This schedule would leave just 71 days between the Lakers’ championship and the start of a new season, making it the shortest offseason in the history of America’s four major professional sports. LeBron James happened to see that stat on ESPN Friday, and he didn’t hide his displeasure on social media. Read more here.The NBA and the NBPA have once again pushed back the deadline for either side to serve notice on terminating the Collective Bargaining Agreement, according to Shams Charania of The Athletic, who reports that the deadline will be moved from Nov. 6 to Monday, Nov. 9NOVEMBER 5The NBA has made no secret that it wants fans at games next season, and according to The Athletic's Shams Charania, the league plans to "have arena suites open to fans at 25-to-50 percent capacity for 2020-21 season tipoff." Read more here.