The NBA hopes to have fans in the stands and luxury suites, even if just a few, when the league starts its 2020-21 season.
No schedule has yet been released, but when the league does tip off, the hope is to have spectators inside 30 the NBA arenas.
A source familiar with the NBA planning told NBC News the goal is to have fans at the games in adherence with all local government guidance, following protocols that could include masks, social distancing and testing.
Pro basketball, like sports across the world, was shut down in March due to the coronavirus pandemic.
The season ended on Oct. 11 when the Los Angeles Lakers beat the Miami Heat in Game 6 of the NBA Finals.
A typical NBA season includes an 82-game regular season but the next campaign might be cut to 72 contests.
David K. Li contributed.