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NBA hopes to restart talks with teams, players' union on midseason tournament, sources say

The NBA is hopeful to restart the conversation with its teams and the players association about instituting a midseason tournament into the league's calendar, sources told ESPN.

Commissioner Adam Silver, a proponent of the idea, has gained optimism that the success of the Play-In Tournament could drive momentum to re-engage teams on another tournament idea that had been discussed before the pandemic, but never reached a vote of the Board of Governors, sources said.

The NBA has pushed to incorporate more competitive elements to the league's calendar in recent years, including the Play-In, in-game coach's challenges and All-Star Game changes like the player draft and scoring targets.