All roads lead to Orlando, but Silver will have a conference call Thursday with GMs, then another one Friday with NBA owners, to possibly finalize a format.
All week, the commissioner has sought ideas from team executives, players, owners and union officials, so here is one, Adam:
If you dare bring back all 30 teams to Disney World for a late-July resumption — 14 clubs for a handful of meaningless regular-season games — you better have already fixed the lottery standings as of the March 11 season’s suspension.
Otherwise, Silver will host a tankfest in Fantasyland — with the Knicks at the center of it.
There are several permutations between 30 teams and 16 playoff qualifiers. To provide incentive to the also-rans, one proposal has the top 12 teams in each conference coming back. A play-in tournament between the Nos. 9-12 teams could decide the eighth seed in one variation. One reported iteration even involves 12 teams from the West for a play-in, compared to only eight teams from the East, totaling 20 clubs.
The Knicks would be part of the 24-team festival. They stood in eighth place at 21-45 on March 11 after beating the Hawks in Atlanta. They would be seeded sixth in the lottery with a 9 percent chance of winning it all.
“We are still looking at all possibilities,’’ one league source familiar with the situation said regarding lottery procedures.
The Knicks appear ambivalent about a restart. Team president Leon Rose probably is more eager to find out where he’ll select in the draft and whether it’s worth trading up for LaMelo Ball. If Silver pulls off a restart, sources believe the draft won’t be until late September/early October.
Rose, as a rookie executive, might be better off zeroing in on hiring a couple of more scouts and, most importantly, kicking off a coaching search. It will include interim coach Mike Miller but may begin and end with former Knicks assistant Tom Thibodeau. Nothing will happen until the Knicks know their fate.
The club appears in a holding pattern ever since Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced Saturday their practice facility in Tarrytown can open for NBA-governed individual voluntary workouts.
Most Knicks players decided to leave town after the shutdown. The Post reported at least two players are wary of returning to New York. The Knicks are waiting to hear if they are even invited to the Mickey Mouse dance.
Other than the motivation of money, 30 teams makes no sense. Why increasing the number of people at risk in the Disney bubble? The Magic Kingdom will open July 11, and don’t you think Mitchell Robinson will want to ride Space Mountain?
It’s not just about players but the non-millionaire support staff such as trainers, equipment managers, video coordinators, security and public-relations staffers.
All this trouble for five regular-season games that could hurt a lottery seed. Miller would likely play his young players, but the unprecedented act of returning from three months stuck on the couch could result in severe injuries impacting next season.
Even if a playoff berth is at stake in a play-in, would the Knicks want to risk their lottery berth for a long-shot bid at the eighth seed to get swept by Milwaukee?.
The idea of staging regular-season games with no playoffs as a carrot is solely about TV money. As The Post first reported on March 30, the drive to get most teams to 70 games is a marker because it satisfies regional sports network contracts. Teams have played between 64 and 67 games.
The Trail Blazers are in ninth place in the Western Conference, but Portland star Damian Lillard wants no part of playing without the playoffs at stake.
“If they’re throwing us out there for meaningless games and we don’t have a true opportunity to get into the playoffs, I’m going to be with my team because I’m a part of the team,” Lillard told Yahoo Sports. “But I’m not going to be participating. I’m telling you that right now.’’
This still feels like a fragile situation that could be toppled by multiple players testing positive — or an uptick in the nation’s infection rate.
The proposal to bring back the top 10 teams in each conference might make the most sense. It is at least less risky than the 24-team or 30-team models.
A play-in tournament for the extra two teams in each conference would help ratings as Pelicans rookie sensation Zion Williamson would then be part of the Disney fun.
That would exclude the Knicks and wipe out the first RJ Barrett versus Williamson showdown. The Knicks at New Orleans on March 27 was one of the 16 games postponed.
The Knicks will be fine with not facing Williamson until next season. They appear more intent on watching NBA exec Kiki Vandeweghe pull pingpong balls out of the lottery machine.